Course focuses on Spanish for the medical professional

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Penn State York, in partnership with four other campuses, is offering Spanish for the Medical Professional, via Zoom, beginning in July.

Credit: Barbara Dennis

Communicating effectively is important in any language. Penn State York is offering Spanish for the Medical Professional, a course designed to help medical professionals communicate effectively through conversational competence at a basic level with Spanish-speaking patients in a medical setting. The course is set from 6 to 8 p.m. July 12 to Sept. 29.

York campus is offering the course, via Zoom, in partnership with Penn State Abington, Penn State Lehigh Valley, Penn State Scranton, and Penn State Wilkes-Barre.

By the end of the course, the goal is that students will:
•  Apply medical vocabulary in routine medical situations.
•  Write simple memos and health related reports.
•  Demonstrate basic understanding of some Hispanic/Latino cultural medical    
    practices and the patient-doctor dynamic and relationship.      
•  Describe signs and symptoms from the most common diseases in the United
•  Demonstrate basic skills to conduct a patient interview in Spanish

The instructor for the course is Gerardo Lazaro. Lazaro is bilingual and has earned his doctorate in public health. He is a certified health care interpreter, educator, and dynamic biomedical professional working to eliminate health care disparities while encouraging research and learning in collaborative environments. In addition, his academic development work includes the authorship of a textbook for basic medical interpreter training and a medical terminology workbook for medical interpreters.

Nursing continuing professional development (registered nurse)
This activity has been submitted for 20.0 contact hours from the Penn State College of Nursing. Penn State College of Nursing is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Personal care home administrators, assisted living administrators
The Bureau of Human Services Licensing has approved this course for 6.0 CEU’s toward the annual 24 CEU’s of training.

The cost for the program is $1,375.  A discounted price of $1,175 is offered for Penn State alumni or current employees. For the discount code, contact Patty Bowen at [email protected]  or call 717-771-4032 or Tara Eisenhard at  [email protected] or call 717-771-4197.

For more information, or to register, visit the website.