Talk Louder? Communicating With Your Spanish Speaking Patients

Date of Review: March, 2019

This curriculum, from MedEdPORTAL, which aims to both improve knowledge of and competency in history taking with Limited English proficiency patients and correct use of interpreters incorporates several formats including a diadactic power point, a peer observed patient simulation and small/large group reflection. The time required for this would be between 1 1/2 to 2 hours of time in one session The materials include an instructor guide including a timeline for organizing the activity starting 2 months prior, a power point and materials for the simulation. The case is a female patient with vaginal bleeding and abdominal pain, who is pregnant and thus is appropriate for internal medicine, Family medicine and pediatrics and the case could be adapted to fit other scenarios. While the curriculum does not cost anything, it does require hiring standardized patients which would cost money — Barb Bayldon, MD, NCEAS

Corresponding Author’s Email


Medical College of Wisconsin

Where Was the Curriculum Implemented?

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Source of the Curriculum/Resource:


Relevant Specialty:

Emergency Medicine

Outcomes that Have Been Reported for the Curriculum:

Learner Satisfaction or reaction

Outcome and Study Design:


Level of Learner Assessment:

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

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