You want to efficiently learn medical Spanish so you can feel confident with Hispanic patients, provide timely care, and be prepared for emergencies.
You want to talk to your Spanish-speaking patients without waiting for an interpreter, calling a language line, or relying on bilingual staff members.
You want learning resources that give you exactly the right information, fit conveniently into your schedule, and are created by someone who understands your job.
That would be nice, wouldn’t it?
Learning Spanish has been on your to-do list for a long time, but you haven’t quite found the time, the right strategy, or the ideal resource to get you over the hump.
You feel too busy, spread too thin, or have too many other demands to properly dedicate time to studying Spanish.
I’m Ben Tanner, and I help medical providers who want to learn medical Spanish do so efficiently, conveniently, and correctly.
As an Emergency Room PA who’s fluent in Spanish, I’ve created this website–and a CME course that will be released soon–to help you:
- Provide timely care to Hispanic patients without waiting for interpreters.
- Develop a deeper connection with Hispanic patients by speaking their language.
- Learn medical Spanish while on-the-go, such as while driving, exercising, or cleaning.
- Apply the Spanish you learn the same day you learn it (or at least on your next shift).
- Continue improving your skills while at work.
I believe it’s possible to get over the hump and start connecting with your Spanish-speaking patients right away.
Because when you have the right resources, you can learn in mere days or weeks what it may take others years to figure out.
I became fluent in Spanish through a combination of years of study (in high school, college, and individually), living in Guatemala for two years, and many other trips through Latin America. Since early 2014 I’ve been using Spanish every day while working as a PA in the ER, in family practice clinics, and at an urgent care. Almost daily, patients express surprise about how well I speak Spanish, and it’s apparent that they are more with a provider who speaks their language.
As the creator of this website and author of a (soon-to-be-released) CME course about medical Spanish, I’m working to share the knowledge and skills I’ve gained over many years, while distilling it down to the most essential information based on my experience as a medical provider.
Here’s what I’m working on:
I have provided and will continue to provide free resources to help you get started with medical Spanish (or Spanish in general), even if you have no money to spend. These are some good places to start:
- Strategy Guide for learning Spanish
- Curated resource list for learning Spanish, including books, apps, websites and more.
- Spanish pronunciation primer (with a video)
In the upcoming course you’ll get access to the most useful phrases for the most common chief complaints in the Emergency Room. I’ll show you how to say these phrases, and you’ll also have a one-page “cheat sheet” for each chief complaint to review or use on the job.
As you progress you’ll have access to video and audio lessons to teach and reinforce the key phrases, and a written manual which expands on these topics. You’ll receive additional audio tracks (so you can keep learning on-the-go, such as while driving or at the gym) with clinical vignettes and medical dialogues that demonstrate the phrases you’ve learned in action.
By the time you’re done with the course, you’ll be able to confidently take a medical history, perform a physical exam, and discuss diagnostic testing and diagnoses using layman’s terminology in Spanish, for relatively straightforward cases of common chief complaints. You’ll have concise resources to refer back to for review, and you’ll know where to turn for additional study and learning.
If any of the above sounds like something you’re interested in, enter your name and email below so I can keep you up-to-date on the course release and other free resources:
If you have any questions or you’d like to make a suggestion, use the contact page.
Thanks for reading!