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Language Programs

Medical Spanish Program

One of SKMC’s missions is to eliminate the health disparities commonly seen in underserved populations.

Established in 2015, SKMC students fluent in Spanish can participate in a four-year longitudinal experience designed to develop physicians who can provide care to Spanish-speaking patients and their families. The program is an important component of a comprehensive and targeted approach to eliminating health and education disparities in underrepresented minority groups.

In the first year, students selected for the program take the Canopy Medical Spanish online program and receive credit for their Humanities in Medicine course.  The program includes shadowing experiences at Puentes de Salud and Jefferson’s Latina Women’s Health Clinic, language practice sessions and medical simulation.

During the summer after their first year, selected students have the opportunity to participate in a four-week medical immersion program at CES University in Medellin, Colombia.  Students shadow a variety of specialties in both the inpatient and outpatient setting and have the chance to witness medical care in Spanish. 

During their second and third years, students continue their shadowing experiences at Puentes de Salud and the Latina Women’s Health clinic.  In their fourth year, armed with three years’ worth of medical knowledge, students have the opportunity to return to CES University in Medellin, Colombia and participate in a clinical elective in the specialty of their choice. 

Medical Spanis Program - a Longitudinal Experience