Medical Portuguese

Director(s): Salin Dahlben, Rose Molina, Beatriz Rocha
Offered: Fall: 9/9/2019 - 12/9/2019, Mon 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Not offered Spring 2020.
Location: HMS - Harvard Medical School (0)
Open to Exclerks: No (HMS only)
Description: Portuguese is the second most spoken language in Massachusetts and the 6th most spoken language in the world, with around 230 million speakers. There are more than 200,000 Portuguese-speaking residents in the Greater Boston area, many of whom seek care at Harvard-affiliated hospitals. This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of applying Portuguese in clinical encounters with a focus on building oral and listening skills. The objective is to provide skills that will allow students to communicate in Portuguese with patients and families in a variety of medical settings. To make this possible, it is expected that students have a basic to intermediate knowledge of Portuguese, Spanish or another Romance Language (Italian, French, Romanian). The course consists of weekly 1.5-hour sessions and mock interviews. Each class will consist of a didactic session followed by a conversational practice session.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
Basic science terminology will be reviewed when a respective disease is discussed. Pathogenesis of some diseases will be mentioned.
Grade Criteria:
Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory