Nutrition and Rural Medicine in Latin America

Credits: 4.00 CREDITS (Clinical Elective)
Sites: INTNL
Directors: Herrera-Acena, Manuel Guillermo
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time for one month. Offered July. Contact Course Director for exact dates
Open to Exclerks: No (HMS only)
This intensive medical Spanish course emphasizes conversational skills and the vocabulary necessary in conducting a physical examination and taking a medical history in Spanish. It is designed to prepare students for clinical work utilizing Spanish in the United States and abroad. Designed for students who have completed their first year in medical school it will prepare students for Med518M.41, a two-month clinical clerkship in the third or fourth year which takes place in one of various sites in Latin America. Beginner and intermediate students are elligible. The course also prepares students for service programs in Spanish-speaking communities coordinated by the OEP during August and during the academic year. The course requires attendance 9 am to 4 pm, five days per week. It takes place at the MEC during the last week of June and the first three weeks of July. Attendance is required at all sessions. After an initial week of intensive classwork and drill exercises, one-on-one practice sessions with individual instructors will take place in the afternoons. Seminars on social and cultural issues that impact on the health of latinos and case presentations conducted in Spanish will supplement class discussions. Students are expected to re-schedule other commitments in order to attend all sessions. Evening preparation for the following day requires one to two hours. Guest speakers will include HMS faculty and former participants in Me518M.41 Enrollment is limited to 24. Students who elect to do at least 100 hours of community service may apply for a stipend to the OEP.
Learning Goals:
To acquire flency in conversational and medical Spanish with emphasis on the clinical interview
To become acquainted with cultural issues relevant to the practice of medicine among the Latino population of the united States and Latin America
To understand how social, economic and political factors influence access, quality and outcomes of healthcare.
To prepare for social and community service in Spanish speaking communities
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
Students learn about the nuances of communication and the importance of effective doctor - patient communication
The course meets for 6 hours per day. The Principal instructor has ample opportunity to assess attendance, effort and progress through frequent student presentations, drill sessions and daily written assignments
Grade Criteria:
High Honors:
Because of the heterogeneity in background language abiity of the students the course is graded Pass/Fail based on attendance and effort
Because of the heterogeneity in background language ability of the students the course is graded Pass/Fail based on attendance and effort
The course is graded Pass/Fail
The course is graded Pass/Fail
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