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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 direst 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 day participants are given specific medical vocabulary as homework for the next day’s sessions. The classroom curriculum consists of daily, updated basic medical vocabulary and more detailed medical terminology, combined with medical exercises necessary to communicate with Spanish speaking patients and to recognize special situations as they arise. The classroom curriculum is enhanced by being given in a classroom constructed as a realistic, fully furnished, operational mock clinic at our Turrialba and Dominical campuses, or in a working clinic at our Arenal campus.

These classroom lessons are augmented with weekly visitations to local clinics. The visitations are primarily observational with the addition of some basic on hands medical tasks which can be performed by our students. Students will be accompanied and observed by our medical preceptors.

At the end of each 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 personal; concern to their career medical growth, or students can expand on subjects they felt were not sufficiently addressed in the classroom medical sessions
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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.