Bloomington Project Description
“Realizing the vision of healthy people in healthy communities is possible only if the community, in its full cultural, social, and economic diversity, is an authentic partner in changing the conditions for health.”
Taking this statement from the Institute of Medicine to heart, several medical students at the IU Bloomington campus gathered classmates proficient in Spanish and held multiple meetings with local Volunteers in Medicine Clinic administrators to establish a cooperative effort for outreach to the Spanish population of Bloomington. These students acquired certification as medical Spanish interpreters and assist as “on call” interpreters for VIM clinic visits.
Indianapolis Project Description
Medical Spanish is a group interested in improving IU medical students' Spanish-speaking skills and their relationships with and interests in the Spanish-speaking community. These interests are accomplished by activities the group schedules throughout the year:
- Spanish conversation lunches are planned throughout the school year to provide opportunities to practice Spanish-speaking skills with fellow medical students. Participants are usually given vocabulary and/or phrases to act as a guide for facilitating Spanish discussion. Lunches are generally targeted to those with a previous background in Spanish, but no Spanish-speaking skills are required to attend.
- Guest speaker lunches are also planned throughout the school year to hear native Spanish-speakers as well as those involved in working with the Spanish-speaking community speak on a variety of topics.
- Beginner and intermediate medical Spanish courses are generally offered in June and July for a minimal fee to medical students. In the past these courses have lasted for four weeks with two, two-hour evening sessions per week. Classes are taught by Spanish interpreters from local hospitals. The courses cover the basics of Spanish with an emphasis on medical Spanish, as well as the culturally appropriate approach to the Spanish-speaking patient.
- Other activities the group has planned in the past include a dinner and salsa dancing night and co-sponsorship of activities during Global Health Week.
Northwest Project Description
The medical Spanish group at Northwest is called H.E.A.L., Hispanic Education Awareness and Leadership. We are a student driven group with the goal of improving health outcomes for the Latino population through improving provider language skills, cultural competency training, and service.
We meet regularly to work on our medical Spanish. Our meetings typically consist of introduction to new vocabulary and conversational practice in small groups. In addition, we provide students the opportunity to shadow a physician in a clinic that serves a Spanish speaking population. We are currently developing more opportunities for students to serve the community.