Coming soon: An online course to help you learn medical Spanish so you’ll be able to perform an H&P for common complaints at the clinic or hospital without the assistance of an interpreter.
Schedule for release later this year (2017), the course is centered around the most common chief complaints in the emergency room. The first version of the course will include the top ten chief complaints (abdominal pain, chest pain, and so on).
For each chief complaint, I’ve identified the most useful questions to use for a medical history, and the most relevant phrases to know to get through a physical exam. These phrases are provided in English with the corresponding translation into Spanish, and I teach you the pronunciation of each phrase.
In addition, I’ve included phrases to help you explain to the patient what will happen next (such as waiting for labs, imaging, or medication administration), and ultimately the disposition and final plan.
The “course manual” will go over the same information but also elaborate further, including bonus vocabulary and grammar pointers.
You’ll get a “cheat sheet” for each chief complaint, with a concise, well-organized list of all the phrases divided by category, all on one page. This will serve as a handy reference that you can carry with you on the job or use to review elsewhere.
All of the main lessons will be available as both video (on the course website) and audio (for convenient listening on a mobile device). Additional clinical vignettes (case scenarios) and review sessions will be available as audio tracks, to practice and reinforce the phrases that are taught in each module.
Ultimately the course will prepare you 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.
I anticipate CME credit will also be provided for this course.
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I hope you’re as excited for this course as the girls in the picture below. 🙂