Students learn to read, interpret and critically assess medical texts and case studies, medical statistics, manuals, operating instructions, as well as analyze charts and graphs, and take notes while attending lectures and seminars. By reading for general meaning, word expansions, and vocabulary building, students acquire career-specific language development.
By participating actively in all the components of this program, participants will:
- expand their knowledge of the American healthcare system as experienced in the local community context of Santa Barbara;
- Improve their communication and interaction skills, and build their confidence, in using English for a range of medical contexts;
- U.S. healthcare delivery system
- The language of patient interaction
- Human anatomy and physiology
- Medical history-taking
- Trauma and emergency care
- Diagnostic and treatment procedures
- Development of presentation and medical writing skills
- Community outreach and international relief efforts
Through role plays, case studies, videos, online lectures, and exercises, students will be able to:
- Display a good command of medical terminology and everyday clinical language
- Understand English used in various medical settings
- Manage difficult conversations with patients in English
- Demonstrate more confidence working in English.
Through readings, case studies, videos, online lectures, and written exercises, students will be able to:
- Independently research medical topics
- Record health histories
- Understand medication terminology and abbreviations
- Provide written medical instructions and summaries
Students in their pre-medical and medical studies who wish to master medical vocabulary and idioms, and improve their ability to communicate in English in a hospital or clinical setting. High-intermediate and advanced levels of English proficiency are welcome to apply to this program. Students must be undergraduate medical and pre-medical students.Participants will receive a certificate of completion.