Medical Spanish is a special module that can complement one of USFQ's Global Health programs or serve as a program in itself. This unique program prepares students to execute a formal medical interview, with a complete history and physical exam, in Spanish. Students will also be exposed to real clinical situations under supervision of USFQ faculty.
Medical Spanish is not mandatory, and students may elect not to take it by demonstrating Spanish proficiency on the Spanish Placement Exam. The classes will be taught collaboratively by different instructors, each with a distinct background in the Spanish and/or English language and experience in either Ecuadorian or international healthcare systems.
A student's Spanish level will be evaluated with our online Spanish placement exam before their arrival so they can be placed into a novice, intermediate or advanced level of class.
Being a special module, the Medical Spanish course, has a cost per student, which is not included in the clinical clerkships or semester tuition. It requires a minimum of 3 students to be offered according to the USFQ Registrar's Office. Groups of 4 or more students will have a discounted price.