Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Medical Spanish Interpreter Training Course

Established in 2015, first-year SKMC students who are fluent in Spanish can take an intensive six-month online course in Medical Spanish. The course is administered through Canopy, a program developed by the National Institutes of Health Students who are selected for the program and complete the course receive credit for their required first year humanities credits. The course is part of a four-year longitudinal immersion program designed to establish practitioners who can care for the Hispanic community and reduce health disparities and includes the following.

  1. A medical Spanish course for Spanish-fluent first-year SKMC students
  2. A first-year clinical experience shadowing at Puentes de Salud and the Jefferson Latina OBGYN clinic
  3. A summer health care immersion experience with CES in Columbia in the summer after first year
  4. Continued shadowing at Puentes de Salud and the Jefferson Latina OBGYN clinic in second through fourth year
  5. The opportunity to take an elective fourth year clinical clerkship in a Spanish-speaking country

Language Service - Health Equity

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Reducing Health & Education Disparities

The Medical Spanish Translator Program is one component of a comprehensive and targeted approach to eliminating health and education in underrepresented minority groups. Students who participate in the program are members of the Jefferson Latino Medical Students Association.

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