Welcome to the Loyola Medical Spanish Program. The program is medical student founded and directed, and is committed to improving health care communication with Latinos.  Please feel free to responsibly utilize the resources on this site, and contact us with any comments!

Program Goals

  • Lay the foundation for the lifetime learning of Spanish while developing immediate skills in medical Spanish
  • Initiate a Spanish curriculum that layers with current medical coursework
  • Pilot a unique model of Spanish learning for medical students
  • Provide language skills for service and/or professional development
  • Develop an online resource of relevant Medical Spanish curriculum
  • Prepare students to work with Latino populations in an informed and culturally competent way
  • Offer advanced students a Bilingual Medical Student Certification program
  • Coordination with other programs to ensure support for Medical Spanish is a national issue

Program Aspects Include

Spanish coursework

  • Classes available at 3 levels from beginner to advanced
  • Interpreter Shadowing Opportunities
  • Interpreter Volunteer Opportunities

Peer-teaching of Spanish classes

  • Flexible schedule and low time commitment
  • Two-week teaching elective credit available

Certification Preparation & Opportunities

  • Interpreter Certification and volunteer interpreting
  • Standardized Patient Exams in Spanish

M3/M4 Clerkship Opportunities

  • List of M2 sites with high percentage of Spanish speaking patients
  • Resources for M4 national/international electives in Spanish

Research Opportunities

  • Global Health Honors Program research potential
  • Bioethics Honors Program research potential
  • National Conference research presentations

Additional Resources

  • Links for helpful medical Spanish programs and websites
  • Information on Medical Spanish smartphone apps
  • Working list of supporting articles

Program Philosophy and Support

Program is administrated by medical students, with support from:

  • The Academic Center for Excellence
  • The Center for Service & Global Health
  • The Clinical Skills Center
  • Interpreter Services