Starting Medical Spanish Education as an Undergraduate

This short article draws attention to importance of fostering a generation of doctors who are equipped to communicate with their patients in Spanish. The importance of communication with patients and instruction in Spanish should be emphasized in undergraduate institutions.

The American Medical Association’s Journal of Ethics calls on physicians to, at the very least, learn how to properly communicate with an interpreter who is part of an interdisciplinary healthcare team. However, it is to the benefit of the physician-patient relationship to have physicians reasonably acquainted with the Spanish language. This instruction should begin during the physicians’ undergraduate careers. Pre-medical students are aware of the increasingly diverse populations that they will encounter as healthcare providers. For this reason, it is important that we strive to broaden our academic horizons for the sake of our future patients.”