Partnering With Interpreter Services: Standardized Patient Cases to Improve Communication With Limited English Proficiency Patients

Date of Review: June, 2020

This resource is published on MedEd Portal care of individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP) who require interpreter services. The authors describe (in detail) a two-station OSCE designed for medical residents to improve communication with individuals with LEP The OSCE was administered at Yale Medical School to 12 resident physicians and was followed with session evaluations and assessments to determine the reception and feasibility of this curricular activity. This material could easily be integrated whole-cloth into medical student or resident training curricula. The resource is well written, easy to follow and sets up a good framework for a difficult to measure skill and could also be adapted to other topics. –Ashti Doobay-Persaud, MD, NCEAS

Corresponding Author’s Email:


Yale School of Medicine

Where was the Curriculum Implemented:

New Haven, Connecticut

Source of the Curriculum/Resource:


Clinical Specialty:

Emergency Medicine, Family and Community Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Any Medical Specialty

Outcomes that Have Been Reported for the Curriculum:

Learner Satisfaction or reaction

Self-reported learner attitude

Self-reported learner knowledge

Self-reported learner behavior in simulated setting

Measured learner behavior in simulated setting

Outcome and Study Design:

Post only

Level of Learner Assessment:

Demonstration of skill in a controlled environment (OSCE, Simulation)


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