CanopyLearn Medical Spanish Syllabus

The research-validated  Curriculum consists of 3 proficiency levels with 12 lessons in each level. Within each lesson, you will get to learn a combination of Medical Terminology, Vocabulary, Grammar, and – last but not least – Cultural modules, which help learners to master a foreign language with professional healthcare knowledge and communicate with Hispanic patients.

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Patient-Provider Dialogue Earn Certifications
Medical Telenovela
Interactive Activities

Medical Terminology

Canopy Learn Medical Spanish is tailored for medical use and developed for the busy schedules of healthcare professionals. Medical topics have been spread across all three levels, covering major medical treatments of both physical and mental health as well as general knowledge to various medical specialties.

The wide spectrum of medical topics is the perfect learning resource not only for Medical students or Nursing students, but also healthcare professionals in different specialties including Medical Doctors(MD), Doctor of Osteopathic(DO), Physician Assistants(PA), Registered Nurses(RN), and Pharmacists.

Level I

  • Greetings & Introduction
  • Work at the Clinics
  • Pain Descriptions
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) terms
  • Basic Physical Exam Terms
  • Diet & Diabetes Terms
  • Major Trauma, Body parts, Minor Injury
  • Vaccinations & Allergies
  • Cardiology
  • Cancer & Internal Organs
  • Depression & Anxiety Terms
  • Headache & Migraine Terms

Level II

  • Contraception & Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI)
  • Cardiology & Myocardial Infarction (MI)
  • Pneumology & Allergy Terms
  • Pharmacy, Medicines, Dosage
  • Urology Terms
  • Obstetric Terms (OB-GYN)
  • Pre- & Post-op Surgery Terms
  • Elder Care Terms
  • Alcohol Addiction & Drug Abuse
  • Stroke Terms

Level III

  • Tuberculosis Terms
  • Metabolic Syndrome Terms
  • Trauma & Critical Care
  • Discharge Planning & Social Work
  • Breast, Cervical & Uterine Cancer
  • Well Baby Visit & Child Safety
  • Palliative Care Terms
  • HIV / AIDS Terms
  • Depressions & Suicide
  • Seizures Terms
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Multiple Ways to Proficiency

Learning a language is not just about learning vocabulary, grammar, or pronunciation. In medical settings, getting to know about cultural differences for the patients you are communicating with is crucial. In Canopy Learn Medical Spanish, cultural modules are presented at each level – tailored for different medical specialties and presented in a series of customized medical telenovela for you to learn with fun and ease.

Some of the cultural topics include:

  • Myths about cancer in Latino communities

  • Vaccines in immigrant communities

  • The relationship of religion and health in Latino culture

  • La Cuarentena (a period of confinement after childbirth)

  • Collectivism and Elder care in Latino culture

  • Differences between Latin American and U.S. pharmacies

You will also master the communication techniques in Spanish in situations like:

  • How to discuss sexual history with Hispanic patients

  • How to talk to an elderly patient in mental acuity exam

  • How to ask family medical history in Spanish

  • How to express negative or bad news to patients and their families

  • How to ask questions during labor

Incorrect pronunciation or accents may be fine in most cases, yet fatal if you pronounce it mistakenly when speaking with your Spanish-speaking patients.

Better than listening to audios, Canopy offers a virtual tutor “stand by” in videos to teach you the correct pronunciation by showcasing mouth shapes, tongue positions, and the real sounds of vowels.

After each video session, you can also practice your pronunciation by recording your own voice and compare with the pre-recorded one in Canopy’s interactive exercises!

One of the highlights of the Canopy Medical Spanish curriculum is that you can diagnosis your “patients” in Spanish by role-playing on the platform.

In each lesson, after you learn the pronunciation, grammar, and medical phrases, you need to “interact” with your virtual patients by audio recording your responses in Spanish for commonly used phrases. This allows you to experience real scenarios in clinical settings and prepare you for communicating with your Hispanic patients.

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