Medical Spanish

Students meet monthly to learn about Latino culture and practice speaking Spanish.

     At monthly Lunch and Learn events, students learn and practice Medical Spanish.  

 

A key component of the doctor-patient relationship is effective communication. That can be challenging when there is a language barrier. Thanks to a gift from the Batten Educational Achievement Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, EVMS was able to establish the Spanish Bilingual Clinician Certificate & Longitudinal Service Learning Program, incorporating curriculum recognized by the National Institutes of Health.

 

Through the program’s service-learning component, EVMS medical and health professions students perform rotations with Spanish-speaking physicians; visit areas with high concentrations of people who speak Spanish; and take part in a clinical Spanish immersion rotation for a capstone project. The program also offers a clinician certificate in medical Spanish for medical students.

 

Read about Medical Spanish service learning in EVMS Magazine 

 

Learn more about EVMS Medical Education Service Learning requirements.

 

    • SERVICE HYPOTHESIS

    • Hampton Roads simply does not have the number of Spanish speaking physicians needed to care for the primary-Spanish speaking patients in our area. This program's aim is simple: to increase the number of Spanish speaking clinicians.   
    • SERVICE LOCATION

    • EVMS, HOPES Free Clinic
    • SERVICE PARTNER(S)

    • Batten Educational Achievement Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation
    • PARTICIPANT ELIGIBILITY

    • M1, M2, M3, M4,
    • SERVICE PATH

    • Underserved and Health Inequities
    • EVMS FACULTY LEAD

    • Alexandra Leader, M.D.
    • SERVICE SCOPE

    • Southside Hampton Roads and Eastern Shore of Virginia
    • EVMS DEPARTMENT(S)

    • Medical Education
    • Points of Contact

    • INQUIRIES

    • Email: ServiceLearning@EVMS.EDU

 

Medical Spanish dinner and conversation event.

A small group of Medical Spanish students share Latino culture at a Cenar y Charlar event at Dr. Leader’s home.