Care of Hispanic/Latino Patients Scholarly Concentration

With numerous Hispanic and Latino patients in the United States, the need for culturally sensitive medical care is vital. The Care of Hispanic/Latino Patients Scholarly Concentrations Program prepares students to meet this need by providing opportunities to:

  • Understand and apply culturally appropriate medical care
  • Improve Spanish-speaking fluency
  • Use Spanish in a clinical setting
  • Improve medical care for Hispanic/Latino populations

This Scholarly Concentration addresses cultural competency; special issues in communication; and medical Spanish fluency. The program develops students’ listening and speaking abilities through the acquisition of specialized medical vocabulary and other concepts regarding patient communication.

Students have opportunities to practice their oral skills and learn about the demographic component, cultural background, and health practices of the Hispanic population in the United States.

Program Requirements

Students are required to complete courses onsite in Introduction to Hispanic/Latino patient care that includes modules on vocabulary, communication and cultural competency in providing care for Hispanic/Latino patients, online modules in fundamentals of research and scholarship, and an introduction to public health.

Topics of interest will be assigned for discussion during scheduled recitation sessions. The main purpose of the recitation sessions is verbal communication practice. These sessions are scheduled and conducted in Spanish with a faculty member from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, School of Languages and Culture, at Purdue University who specializes in Spanish for medical professionals. While the focus of these sessions is verbal language development, discussions focus on topics covered in the onsite modules.

Potential Projects

One of the potential projects in this program is cultural differences in patient care strategies between American and Mexican academic medical centers. Students are exposed to a variety of issues applicable to Hispanic/Latino patients including informational sessions on cultural competency, patient-centered communication, case-based scenarios, and public health issues for Hispanic/Latino patients. Resources include presentations by local and regional experts, and live-streamed grand rounds with a medical center in Mexico. The sessions are conducted in English, although some instruction in medical Spanish may be included.

Co-Directors

Ray Munguia-Vazquez, MD PhD

Ray Munguia-Vazquez, MD PhD

Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
Thomas I. Jones, MD

Thomas I. Jones, MD

Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
Q&A with Co-Directors

Q&A with Co-Directors

Students can learn more about this program through this Q&A with the co-directors of the Care of Hispanic/Latino Patients Scholarly Concentration.
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