UNM-LA Instructor Patty Moore. Photo by Nancy Coombs
UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) is offering the class Spanish for Medical Professionals I and II beginning Jan. 18.
Each one hour credit session will meet from 7-7:50 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, with Part I meeting Jan. 18-March 10, and Part II meeting March 20-May 12. This course will give health professionals from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to learn medical Spanish in order to communicate with their Spanish-speaking patients more effectively.
Instructor Patty Moore has been teaching Spanish at UNM-LA since 1996. Moore related that one of her former students who happened to be in the medical field expressed the need for this type of Spanish class to be offered in Los Alamos. This student said that communicating with patients in their first language makes them feel welcome and comfortable.
The class will focus on verbal communication through role playing. Students will practice how to have basic discussions of chief complaints, prescriptions, diet, and follow-up instructions as they learn vocabulary, key phrases, and dialogs based on common medical situations.
UNM-LA Chief Executive Officer Dr. Cindy Rooney noted, “We are pleased to offer this new set of classes ‘Spanish for Medical Professionals’ this semester to assist local medical providers with their communication skills with Spanish speaking clients. We believe the course could be of interest to students who are pursuing medical careers as well as individuals currently working in the field. Interested individuals can take the class for academic credit, or as an audit status, if they prefer.”
Students taking Spanish for Medical Professionals, GNST 193 CRN 40837 are encouraged to take the first session before joining the second. No previous knowledge of Spanish is necessary. The required textbook is available through the UNM online bookstore at http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/unm.htm.
For information about registration, contact UNM-LA Student Services at 505.662.5919. To learn more about UNM-LA visit http://losalamos.unm.edu.