Medical Spanish

Medical Spanish is a peer-led and peer-taught program that seeks to prepare students to take a medical history in Spanish and to develop culturally competent health care providers. First-year medical students are invited to either teach or be students in one of five differentiated instructional levels - from novice to proficient. Students develop their skills using natural language-based learning techniques and participate in several opportunities for cultural development and clinical experiences. In 2019-2020, over 92% of the M1 class participated in Medical Spanish, joined by countless nursing and graduate students. Join us and help us make a difference for our Latinx community!


  • The ultimate course goal is to take a Spanish medical history on a real standardized patient.
  • Learn Spanish medical terminology using natural language-based learning techniques.
  • Innovative curriculum developed by teachers-turned Stritch medical students!
  • Participate in cultural events, activism, and opportunities to practice your Spanish in real medical settings.
  • Opportunities for bilingual interpreter certifications.
  • Earn elective credit for M4 year.


Faculty Liaisons

  • Dr. Yessenia Castro-Caballero, MD

Contact Us


Eleanor Marcet ( -  Director 

Alejandra Laverde ( & Aidimer Perez ( - Curriculum Coordinators

Quinn Johnshoy ( - Data and Improvement Coordinator/Recruitment and Continued Education Coordinator

Rachel Bartnett ( - Practical Experience Coordinator