Global Health Intiative
In 2002, PACE MD’s MedSpanish Global Health program was started as a social impact initiative. Today, it spans multiple care sectors that help improve community health in North and Latin America.
MedSpanish trains healthcare providers, physicians, medical students, nurses, allied professionals, and pre-professional students in medical and general Spanish language skills, simultaneously reinforcing those skills in a variety of healthcare settings such as general hospitals, clinics, rural health brigades, and Red Cross ambulances. Special emphasis is placed on history taking and understanding how cultural differences frame a patient’s responses.
MedSpanish is a comprehensive 5-Prong Approach which helps clinicians in the U.S. and Canada better understand and care for their Latino patients; intensive language training, cultural literacy and awareness, full immersion, a clinical component, and remote instruction. We immerse students in medical and general Spanish, cultural literacy, while providing a diverse variety of clinical experiences in Mexico.
MedSpanish students receive intensive tutoring focused on taking medical histories, performing physical exams and understanding intercultural concerns. Developed by PACE (http://www.pacemd.org/) and leading physicians from the U.S., MedSpanish has a unique collaborative relationship with the Mexican Ministry of Health, which provides you with hands-on rotations in emergency rooms, hospitals, clinics and ambulances.