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Care of Hispanic/Latino Patients Scholarly Concentration

With a growing number of Hispanic and Latino patients in the United States, the need for culturally sensitive medical care is vital. The Care of Hispanic/Latino Patients Scholarly Concentration 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

Acceptance to this concentration requires an intermediate-level proficiency in Spanish as assessed by an application interview and completion of 300-level college Spanish coursework. Due to the requirement of extensive oral practice of the Spanish language, it is not anticipated that students can begin this concentration after Phase 1 at this time.

Locations

While it is anticipated that most students participate at the West Lafayette campus, some experiences can be made available remotely.

Curriculum and Timeline

Through coursework and Spanish-speaking experiences in medical settings, students explore cultural competencies, special issues in communication and medical Spanish fluency. Students further develop and demonstrate their knowledge through the scholarly project and product.

Recommended Pathway

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Students determine if a concentration pathway will fit in their schedule by contacting concentration co-directors. 

Scholarly Project Topic Examples

Students work with faculty to complete a project in a relevant topic based on student interests. Students are welcome to come up with their own project idea. Potential project topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Culture differences in patient care strategies between American and Mexican academic medical centers
  • Public health research in the Hispanic community
  • Defining culturally-appropriate care for Hispanic/Latino patients
  • Bilingual language acquisition in children
  • Obstacles to seeking care by Hispanic/Latino patients
  • Development of patient educational materials for Hispanic/Latino patients

Concentration Co-Directors

Students should reach out to co-directors with any questions about this concentration.

26307-Munguia-Vazquez, Ray

Ray Munguía-Vazquez, MD, PhD

Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

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Professor Cecilia Tenorio

Cecilia Tenorio, MA

Senior Lecturer, Director of Minor in Spanish for the Professions

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Thomas I. Jones, MD

Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

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MD Student News

In their words: Scholarly Concentration Q&A with Care of Hispanic and Latino Patients co-directors

Ray Munguia-Vasquez, MD, PhD, and Cecilia Isabel Tenoria, MA, share details on the Care of Hispanic and Latino Patients Scholarly Concentration, in which students improve care for Hispanic and Latino patients by learning and applying culturally appropriate medical care, and improving their Spanish-speaking fluency.

IU School of Medicine  |  Feb 11, 2019