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Department: MEFAM-Family and Community Medicine
Course: 408A-Medical Spanish I

Course Director: Valory N. Pavlik, Ph.D.
Course Faculty: Valory N. Pavlik, Ph.D.
Elective Location:
Elective Offered Terms: 1
Min. Number of Students:Max: 20
Elective Type: Non-Clinical - Foundations
Credit: 1.5
Visiting Student Elective: No
Open to International Students: No
Grading: Pass/Fail Only
Faculty Approval: Yes

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 12-1 p.m. Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: Surgery:
Statement of Goals:
The goal of this course is to teach medical students the vocabulary and phrases needed to take a simple medical history in Spanish. The course will use structured conversation exercises to help students build the basic Spanish language skills to elicit a chief complaint and past medical history. Social and cultural aspects of interacting with Spanish speaking patients will be highlighted as appropriate. The course is for students who have had high school or college courses in Spanish or other exposure to the language, but are not yet conversationally fluent.
Learning Activities
The students will be able to name the major body parts in Spanish. The students will be able to elicit a chief complaint, including characteristics of pain if present, in Spanish. The students will be able to elicit the history of present illness and past medical history in Spanish, using appropriate verb tenses and vocabulary.
Evaluation Methods
90% classroom participation, 10% final written exam Pass/fail course.
When and Where to report on first day of service:
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 12-1 p.m.; location TBD
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Valory Pavlik
Contact Phone: 713-798-3639
Contact Fax:
Contact Location: 3701 Kirby Drive, Room 600
Address: BCM700

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