College of Medicine MD Curriculum

Medical Spanish II

TITLE: Medical Spanish II

COURSE NO.: SOMN 614

DEPARTMENT: Department of Family Medicine

DURATION: 8 in-class sessions (1 hour each) with options for varying levels (beginner, intermediate, proficient); each student must attend 6 sessions and present assigned country project to receive credit for the elective.

DIRECTOR (faculty responsible for grading): Coral Matus

COORDINATOR: Coral Matus

FACULTY PARTICIPANTS: Coral Matus

SEMESTERS AVAILABLE:  Fall (M2 Students)

NUMBER OF STUDENTS: Max. of 75 students

LOCATION: UT HSC campus

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

Students will be required to attend 6 in-class sessions and present assigned country project in order to receive credit. At each session, a group of students will present on a cultural topic regarding a Central American country.  Students will practice using health care-related words and phrases by interacting in groups in simulated clinical settings, including practicing interviewing techniques.  Students are strongly encouraged to use their Spanish skills during the class, and only occasional English will be allowed.  This course is appropriate for students with intermediate and advanced Spanish language skills.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES:

  1. Demonstrate mastery of basic Spanish medical terminology, which is useful in interacting with patients in the clinical setting. (EPOs: IPC-3)
  2. Practice appropriate use of acquired Spanish language in a simulated clinical setting (EPOs: IPC-3)
  3. Discuss cultural issues which may affect clinical interactions with non-English speaking Latinx patients, both in the United States and abroad. (EPOs: MK-2)
  4. Practice history- taking using Spanish language skills in order to develop a differential diagnosis (EPOs: PC-5)
  5. Discuss proper techniques for interpreter use in the clinical (EPOs: IPC-3)

METHODS OF TEACHING: Lecture, small-group practice, cultural presentations, exercises and games.

METHODS OF STUDENT EVALUATION: In-class activities will be used in evaluating student improvement. Practice patient encounters with other students will be used to help evaluate the overall improvement of each student.

Students will give cultural presentations with a group of other students one time during the course of the elective.

ELECTIVE EVALUATION: Students will complete an evaluation form provided to them at the end of the course.

PREREQUISITES (if any): None; Prior Spanish language training or M1 Medical Spanish Elective course strongly recommended

ECC Approved
July 2023

Last Updated: 7/15/24