New Study (2)

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As I mentioned in the last post, we are hard at work on a couple of new studies that will hopefully benefit all teachers and learners of medical Spanish. Last week, I wrote about our study geared towards assessing the strengths and weaknesses of current resource materials. Thank you to those who participated!  This week, I would like to describe our main study of which the other one forms a part. 

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New Study

First, I would like to apologize for not posting last week.  At the moment, we are hard at work on a couple of new studies that will hopefully benefit all teachers and learners of medical Spanish. In this post and in next week´s, I would like to share a little bit about our projects.  Also, if any readers would like to participate by taking one of the surveys we our conducting, we would be most grateful.  This week, I will start by presenting our survey that forms part of our study on reference materials.

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Regular, Online, Intensive or Immersion: What type of course is best?

Thinking back to those New Years resolutions, did anyone choose to look for a course to take this year? Throughout the last decade, there has been a rapid increase in the number and variety of Spanish for medical professionals courses offered. This increase allows for students to choose what fits best with their learning and life styles; however, this choice can also be overwhelming for some. In this post, I was originally going to write about about the pluses and minuses of each type of course, but while doing the research, I found a good number of resources that present the exact same information in a clear succinct way. For this reason, I will instead offer a few of the benefits for each type of course along with links to where you can find more information.  I want to reiterate before beginning that no one course type is best for everyone, but rather what is best for each person depends on their current situation and learning style. Finally, if you are interesting in taking an intensive, immersion course in Spanish for medical professionals (practicum included), registration is now open! For information on the course see this link and to register click here.

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Medical Spanish App: Polyglot Med Spanish

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Last week, I mentioned that one of my New Year’s resolutions is to review more apps and materials related to medical Spanish to be able to share with you more about what is currently available. So this week, before diving back into health beliefs, I will write about an app that I have played with during the last week: Polyglot Med Spanish by Duke University.

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New Years Resolutions regarding Medical Spanish

Happy New Year! It´s that time of year when people start to consider those aspects of their lives which they hope to improve or change. Though for some the term resolution immediately conjures feelings of dread or guilt-ridden memories, not all resolutions are as extreme as losing twenty pounds or as difficult as going from not running to running a marathon. This year, I challenge you to resolve to expand you knowledge in medical Spanish or teaching medical Spanish. Whether you are an instructor or a student yourself, there are many opportunities available to help you start making some small steps towards furthering your professional development. Below, I offer a few suggestions of ways you can resolve to learn more this new year.

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Latino Health Beliefs Continued

This week I would like to continue the discussion on health beliefs by introducing a few general views regarding illness.  In my opinion, it is important to have an understanding of the  overarching concepts behind each individual belief since the specifics will change depending on where the patient is from and what their beliefs their family holds.  The broad ideas, however, tend to be fairly constant between Latino cultures.  Then, in the coming weeks I will present a few of these beliefs.

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Latino Health Beliefs: Influencing Factors

One thing that professionals may find surprising as they work with the Spanish-speaking Latino population is the prevalence of health-related beliefs.  By health-related beliefs, I am referring to beliefs regarding the origin of an illness or symptoms as well as remedies for them.  In the coming weeks, I will discuss a few of these beliefs.  However, before doing so it is important to emphasize again that not all Latinos hold to them and it would be an over-generalization to treat these patients as though they did. Instead, Spanish for healthcare professionals instructors need to encourage their students to use this information as a resource for when the patient presents with these beliefs rather than automatically attributing them to all Latinos.  Nonetheless, it is true that there are certain factors which increase the likelihood of a person having traditional ideas. In this post, I will talk about these factors in relation to the U.S. Hispanic population.

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