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Ecuador Emergency Medicine & Medical Spanish 

Ecuador Medical Spanish

Ecuador Medical Spanish

COURSE DESCRIPTION

There is no better way to learn about medicine than alongside professional doctors and nurses in real-world clinics and hospitals, and there’s no better way to learn a language than by being surrounded by its native speakers and immersed in its culture. Students will experience a different side of Spanish as they learn medical vocabulary and gain medical conversational abilities –a practical skill that will benefit any doctor or health care professional. While gaining proficiency in medical Spanish, embark on an intensive 80-hour Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification. After furthering your proficiency at a local language school, shadow doctors in a local hospital, and learn the importance of doctor-patient communication. Participate in clinical rotations and learn the fundamentals of patient triage and basic patient assessment and evaluation. Plan and execute medical educational training. Study the Ecuadorian medical system and the challenges that rural communities face in health care. Gain hands-on experience in the medical field and learn the importance of communicating medical information in a second language. The Ecuador Medical Spanish course has 3 Spanish language and 3 health science college credits through Lesley University.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

  • Earn the world-recognized Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification
  • Practice emergency medicine through realistic rescue scenarios
  • Expand on students’ basic knowledge of conversational Spanish with medical vocabulary and terminology
  • Gain a basic level of medical knowledge by shadowing doctors and nurses in local clinics and hospitals
  • Develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills and an understanding of Hispanic culture through lens of health

LECTURE TOPICS

  • Spanish Vocabulary - Physical Exams, Culture, Prenatal, Denistry, Pharmacy, Body Parts, Diet, Transportation, Hospital, Family, Emergency
  • Introductions in a medical context
  • Requesting personal information like age, primary medical concern, quantity and quality of pain
  • Describing and providing personal information like profession, family relationships, medical history
  • Giving and taking directions in a medical setting
  • Health, food, diet, and physical activities
  • Communicating likes and dislikes
  • Expressing agreement, disagreement, need and obligation
  • Narrating past events
  • Communicating about the future
  • Demonstrating listening and reading comprehension in formal and informal Spanish contexts
  • Responder and patient safety
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Patient assessment
  • Circulatory and respiratory systems
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Athletic injuries
  • Nervous system
  • Spinal injuries
  • Burns
  • Principles of trauma
  • Splinting
  • Toxins, bites and stings
  • Medical emergencies
  • Cold and heat injuries
  • Basic and advanced life support
  • Search and rescue
  • Allergies and anaphylaxis
  • Legal issues
  • Global health
  • Public health

FIELD STUDIES & EXERCISES

  • Wilderness First Responder medical certification
  • Hands-on emergency scenarios
  • Clinical rotations
  • Living with homestay families

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At a Glance

Community Service & Academics
  • 35 Hours
  • 6 Credits
College Credit
  • 6 Credits
  • Prerequisites
  • 1 year of high school or college level Spanish

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