Intermediate Medical Spanish

Director(s): Katia Canenguez, Rose Molina
Offered: Fall 2019: Section 1 9/16/2019 - 12/16/2019, Mon 5:00pm - 6:30pm; Section 2 9/12/2019 - 12/12/2019, Thu 4:30pm - 6:00pm. Spring 2020: 1/27/2020 - 5/18/2020, Mon 5:00pm - 6:30pm.
Location: HMS - Harvard Medical School (0)
Open to Exclerks: No (HMS only)
Description: Intermediate Medical Spanish is designed for students with some working knowledge of conversational Spanish. Students can take one semester or both semesters of this course. The Fall course will have a particular focus on the basics of taking a medical history with patients. The Spring course will build on the medical history and introduce a range of medical specialty assessments (such as pediatrics, mental health, oral health, nutrition). With weekly sessions led by HMS teaching faculty, we hope to provide a solid base for our students to learn enough medical Spanish terminology to communicate effectively with patients in a variety of medical settings. Requirements for this course include: at least one year of college Spanish or two years of high school Spanish; ability to maintain a basic conversation in Spanish with minimal difficulty or hesitation; ability to discuss personal information, comfort with grammar fundamentals and basic reading and writing skills in Spanish. Course Features: 1) interactive didactic sessions, with a focus on conversational skills, 2) vocabulary lists and quizzes, 3) opportunities to shadow Spanish-speaking physicians and interpreters at Harvard-affiliated sites, 4) OSCE with mock patients at the end of the course for students to practice what they learned during the course.
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