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Language Programs

Multicultural Language Programs

SKMC offers a robust program for students who are interested in learning medical Spanish to treat members of the immigrant community in the U.S. Students also have the opportunity to visit various Spanish-speaking countries to shadow a Latino/a physician and experience the healthcare system in that country.

Medical Spanish Curriculum

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 is supplemented with shadowing experiences at Puentes de Salud and Jefferson’s Latina Women’s Health Clinic.

After their first year, 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 take a clinical elective in a Spanish-speaking country for further immersion

Medical Spanis Program - a Longitudinal Experience