Medical Spanish Program

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Welcome to the University of Miami – Medical Spanish Program

The Medical Spanish Program is designed for health care workers who would like to increase their
competence in Medical Spanish. The focus of the program is to provide an opportunity for participants
to develop the language skills required to work with Spanish speaking patients effectively.


Program Information

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  • About the Program

    Classes provide intensive practice with Spanish vocabulary, interviews and specialized basic terminology used in the medical field.  Classes will focus on topics such as patient intake, case history, patient interviews, physical examinations and diagnosis. These themes will allow participants to learn necessary vocabulary while learning essential grammar.

    The program is divided into Beginner through Intermediate levels and participants must take a language assessment test. 

  • Tuition

    The price for the evening course is $1,150

  • Course Format

    The course is offered sychronously on Zoom two evenings per week for eight weeks.  The course is offered several times throughout the year. 

    The course is also offered in an intensive 5-day format for new residents and fellows at Jackson Health System in June.

  • Language Assessment

    Students are asked to take an online language proficiency test to determine their level.  The online test has two parts:

  • Benefit

    You will gain the confidence to work with Spanish-speaking patients. By the end of the program you will have expanded vocabulary for working with patients and you will have a sense for the cultural context of working with patients from Spanish speaking countries.

  • Professional Badges

    The Division of Continuing and International Education’s mission is to empower people to reach their full potential through lifelong and life wide learning.  Graduates of our programs will be able to virtually display a certificate, which showcases their new skillset to prospective employers and professional colleagues.

  • Testimonials

    This is an intensive course in which you learn a lot about Spanish in a short time period. A must for new residents in programs with Spanish speaking patient populations. I thought I would not be able to keep up with the instruction and learning pace in such a condensed course. Instead, I felt the instruction and pace was very good and I was placed in a group equal to my level of skill.

    Michael Albosta, resident physician

    I would highly recommend the course. It felt like such a treat to get intensive Spanish training before I start residency.                               

    Juhi Varshney, PGY-1 Emergency Medicine, Jackson Health/University of Miami

    I learned so much and it was all very applicable to my goals to learn medical Spanish. Highly recommend.              The instructor did a great job teaching the material in manageable pieces.

    Rachel Werne, MD PGY-1 Internal Medicine Resident

    Very catered to medicine and I think extremely helpful and what I wanted to gain out of the class. The structure was intense and I think it really worked for what I was looking for to gain and to be able to speak basic Spanish with my future patients.                

    Francesca Rios- Resident Physician

    Take this class if you have an intermediate level of Spanish but need additional help with vocabulary and phrases appropriate for a medical setting. This class gave me the foundational skills and confidence to converse with my Spanish-speaking patients when I start residency in a few weeks.

    Rowena Hann, Med-Peds Resident.

    Was afraid that I wouldn’t understand anything in a language immersion class because it was all in Spanish. I actually ended up catching on very quickly and it was super helpful!                         

    Ravi Patel Anesthesiology resident

    This course is a great introduction to Spanish for healthcare personnel. I would highly recommend it. I was at first worried about not being able to catch up given the short duration of the course, but the instructors' enthusiasm and constant encouragement made it not only easier but also much more interesting.             

    Patrick Cherfan, General Surgery Intern.

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