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AEC Medical Spanish Available in three beautiful locations:
Study Medical Spanish in Arenal
Study Medical Spanish in Dominical
Study Medical Spanish in Turrialba

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
AEC Spanish Institute's medical Spanish program is one of the longest ongoing and most beneficial programs of its kind in Costa Rica. Classes start every Monday of the year. The program was designed so that medical professionals, medical students, and anyone with a general interest in Spanish in the medical workplace can learn the medical Spanish terminology and Spanish speaking patient interaction skills so necessary to establish or improve their ability to diagnose, take patient medical histories, and better relate to their patients and their families in a culturally sensitive manner.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
This program is primarily a language program. It combines 20 weekly hours of AEC Spanish Institute's standard Spanish based on a student’s current Spanish fluency level (including beginners), with medically specific classroom studies, medical exercises, and clinical visitations under the direct supervision of our staff of Doctors and medical preceptors.

AEC Spanish Institute's medical curriculum is based, and the study materials used , on the medical Spanish program developed by the University of Texas’s Medical Branch. Every week will be dedicated to a combination of teaching specific medical vocabulary, anatomy as well as practice with medical situations that build better patient interviews, relationships, histories and family consultations. With medical specific text and materials along with exercises, homework and classroom activities students will gain an understanding of how to communicate with patients in everyday situations. The program is designed to create better communication between patients and their doctor. This is not a clinic based experience as communication is the fundamental goal of the AEC Medical program. A Costa Rican doctor will be on hand every week to discuss and work with students directly. The design of a four week program is to cover medical terminology, tropical diseases, the discussion of the unique medical system in Costa Rica with visits to a convalescent hospital setting, orphanage exposure and all of this is building to the ability to communicate with patients to understand their histories, evaluations and patient care. A visit to a local convalescent hospital in Turrialba and a local clinic in Dominical help students see and experience how medicine is practiced in Latin America and specifically Costa Rica. Every week will involve six hours of a combination of class time and homework and is in addition to the four hours/day of Standard Spanish program in the morning.

We believe this combined approach of class exercises and training along with out of class exposure to real medical situations and volunteer opportunities is the best learning approach. All of this is in addition to the regular lessons in Spanish each day and the immersion of living in a Spanish speaking country. During the week students will participate in “Charlas” or group discussions with our medical staff and other Costa Rican medical professionals. These discussions are often open ended, so students are welcome to address areas of concern or students can expand on subjects they felt were not sufficiently addressed in the classroom medical sessions. If you have a desire to communicate with your patients then this is the program for you.

PROGRAM SPECIFICS
The AEC Spanish Institute medical Spanish program in its entirety lasts four weeks. Students who’s schedule does not permit a full four week program can enroll for fewer weeks. The weekly structure of the program is presented in weekly blocs of interrelated subject matter. Each week can then act as a stand alone entity. As a result those students enrolled in fewer than the four weeks program will not feel as though they are entering the medical program in mid stream.

The AEC Spanish Institute medical Spanish program in its entirety lasts four weeks. Students who's schedule does not permit a full four week program can enroll for fewer weeks. The weekly structure of the program is presented in weekly blocs of interrelated subject matter. Each week can then act as a stand alone entity. As a result those students enrolled in fewer than the four weeks program will not feel as though they are entering the medical program in mid stream. For beginning language learners the medical program should be started on the Cycle Start Date so a student can take advantage of an easier transition and get a base knowledge of Spanish. The Cycle Start Date for 2014 are as follows: 1/6, 2/3 ,3/3 ,3/31, 4/28, 5/26, 6/23, 7/21, 8,18, 9/15, 10/13, 11/10, 12/8.



* Almost all major medical schools in the United States have accepted AEC’s medical Spanish program as a study abroad elective. AEC will be happy to assist any student who wishes to gain such credits from their individual medical school by making available any documentation they may require.