Options for learning medical Spanish
There are lots of medical Spanish resources out there to help you develop your medical Spanish skills. Many of these today are online resources, though several books are available. A number of medical schools also have medical Spanish programs and clubs.
A medical Spanish immersion program is the ideal way to learn. However, all of the above are complementary and can help you in your interaction with Spanish speaking patients.
Online medical Spanish resources
Online resources are often free or relatively cheap. They do allow you to stop and start at any time. However, they generally only focus on medical Spanish terminology. They do not provide the grammar and general vocabulary you need to have a meaningful interaction with patients. Some online resources provide example consultation audios or videos. However, there is no interaction opportunity for you to practice your medical Spanish.
www.practicingspanish.com is a free site offering help with medical vocabulary and phrases.
Medical Spanish Podcast is a subscription podcast providing over 300 2 – 15 minute audio classes covering different areas of health care.
medicalspanish.com is a series of online paid courses grouped into health care professions. Each course has 25 chapters focusing on 8 key medical phrases.
Canopy apps is another paid for online program. This includes videos and quizzes to assist student learning.
Medical Spanish Books
Also relatively cheap, medical Spanish books often offer more opportunity to gain a fuller understand of Spanish grammar.
McGraw-Hill Education Complete Medical Spanish is a good option looking at most areas of medicine and covering Spanish grammar in a structured way from beginner level onward.
Medical Spanish Immersion Programs
A medical Spanish immersion program abroad is the most expensive and best option. A good program helps develop a rounded understanding of the language, and particularly medical Spanish. Living in a Spanish speaking country means you are learning all the time, particularly if you are living with a local family.
Whilst online medical Spanish resources help build vocabulary and do complement immersion programs, they are no substitute for the real thing.
Programs abroad may be only classroom based programs, or may also offer further immersion with time spent in local clinics and hospitals. Time in spent with local students and professionals working with patients is the perfect environment for practicing both general and medical Spanish.
The Medical Elective Network is an immersion program based in Peru providing structured medical Spanish programs and clinical electives. Our language program is 4 hours per day. In addition to this you have the option of working in your preferred area of health care at one of several hospitals we partner with.
For those looking to improve as quickly as possible we offer our Intensive medical Spanish program which includes an extra 2 hours of classes in addition to the 4 hour program each afternoon.
The medical Spanish program here is taught at all levels by a team of language teachers covering conversation, grammar and vocabulary, as well as pure medical Spanish. Teachers rotate classes each hour so classes are always lively and interesting. The pure medical Spanish component is taught by a health care professional
Immersion language program to learn quickly and properly.
Online medical Spanish resources are helpful to gain an understanding of Spanish medical terms. Nevertheless, if you really want to learn Spanish to interact in a meaningful way with your patients do consider a medical Spanish immersion program
An immersion program means you will live Spanish as well as spending time in the classroom. Once you leave the classroom everything remains in Spanish from the signs on the street to every simple interaction, such as agreeing a taxi fare. Staying with a home stay family abroad provides you with a wonderful opportunity to further this learning every day and enjoy its practical use, communicating and learning about your family and temporary home.