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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.

Current Co-Chairs

Jared Richards 

 

Clair Milam

 

Advisor

Mark Braun, MD

Bloomington Service Learning Page

 

 

 

 

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:

Current Co-Chairs

Akleci McVoy 

 

Cristina Perez

 

Advisor

Javier Savilla, MD


 


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.

Current Co-Chairs

Alessandra Ferrera

 

Rachelle Ford

 

Advisor

Margie Rivera-Tomasi

 

 

 

 

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.

And if that weren't enough, the following is a list of additional Spanish-speaking opportunities offered at IUSM:

  • Calnali, Mexico: Do a third year rotation in Mexico or go on a spring break trip.  Contact Dr. Sarah Stelzner (sstelzne@iupui.edu).
  • ENLACE, Trujillo, Honduras: Participate in a summer language program or a third or fourth year rotation in Honduras.  Contact Jennifer Custer (jcuster@iupui.edu) or Dr. Javier Sevilla (jsevilla@iupui.edu).
  • Alivio Clinic, Indianapolis: Volunteer in a local Spanish-speaking clinic.  Contact Dr. Alfredo Lopez Yunez (317-635-3499, info@aliviohealth.org).
  • Iglesia Metodista Vida Nueva: 638-0796, Services Sunday 11:30 AM-1:30 PM Contact Micah with questions (hatchm@iupui.edu).
  • St. Mary's: Help out at the Saturday free clinic or attend Spanish mass.  Contact Dr. Janet Arno (jarno@iupui.edu) who is active with the clinic.
  • Student Outreach Clinic: Come in to contact with some Hispanic patients and get clinical experience doing it.  Positions as a translator are available.  Visit iu-soc.org.
  • Alternative Spring Break: Take part in a medical brigade in Rigores, Honduras.  Contact one of the ASB cochairs.
  • Trinity Free Clinic: Volunteer at clinic established by Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in the city of Carmel.  Past students have enjoyed this opportunity.  Visit http://trinityfreeclinic.org/ for more information.
  • Also see the GHSIG webpage for more information: www.ghsig.usg.iupui.edu

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