SUMMER 2019: Details & application info for Spanish & Medicine study abroad (Max 25 students per group)
Pre-Health Study Abroad: Spanish Immersion Medical Shadowing  in South America
Above: Spanish & Medicine students prepare for shadowing rotations
Did you know the USA has more Spanish speakers than Spain?
In fact, only Mexico has more (but America is catching up)
What does that mean for the future of healthcare?   What does that mean for you?
"There is a Chronic Shortage of American Healthcare Professionals that Speak Spanish"
- IMDiversity
30 years ago Spanish fluency for healthcare professionals was a “So what?”
Then about 20 years ago it became a “nice to have”
10 years ago it was “highly recommended”
Now...Spanish is an “absolute necessity” in many places. 
Will today's premed & prehealth students regret not getting fluent when they had the chance?
Or will they be able to treat the 54 million (and growing) Spanish-speakers in their own language?

"My favorite part about the Spanish and Medicine program was shadowing local doctors in El Hospital Regional. I got to see many interesting cases that aren’t commonly seen in the United States such as tuberculosis, dengue fever and even parasitic infections. 
The knowledge and experience I gained also increased my confidence both in speaking Spanish as well as working in a health-care environment."
Tess Hansen, Nebraska
"For the first time in my life I woke up looking forward to class...and dreaded days off."
Shadow Healthcare Professionals in Local Hospitals & Clinics
Above:  The Spanish & Medicine director of shadowing discusses the program
Each session* is 4 weeks.  (Max 25 students per session)
You may attend up to 4 sessions, depending on your time available and how fluent you want us to get you. 
You do NOT need to choose your session(s) when you apply now.
Session A  May 27 - June 23 (Santiago, Chile)
Session B  June 24 - July 21 (Santiago, Chile)
Session C  July 22 - Aug. 18 (Viña del Mar, Chile)
Session D  Aug. 19 - Sep. 15 (Santiago, Chile)

Short (4 weeks / 1 session)  $3,970
Standard (8 weeks / 2 sessions)  $6,970
Extended (12 weeks / 3 sessions)  $9,970
* Typical college credit is one course per 4-week session.  
** Includes Spanish course, housing, and shadowing
(Read Before You Continue)
The Spanish & Medicine study abroad program is NOT for everyone.
It requires personal sacrifices, group cooperation and cultural empathy. 
Please be sure you meet the below conditions before you apply:
  • You are willing to forego some of the comforts you have at home
  • You are willing to "get you hands dirty" on shadowing assignments
  • Your Spanish is Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced  (The program is not appropriate if you are already fluent)
  • You are accepting of people with  different beliefs and customs than your own
Spanish & Medicine participants include future:
Healthcare Administration
Medical Doctors
Physican's Assistants
Physical Therapists
...and more
You are eligible to apply if:
  • You are a future healthcare professional
  • You will have completed at least one year of college studies before the start date
  •  You have a genuine desire to treat your future Spanish-speaking patients in their own language
  •  You are able to spend 4 (or more) weeks far from home and away from your friends and family
"Lower quality of health care and worse health outcomes are more likely when language barriers exist between patients and provider"
- US National Library of Medicine
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.
-Premed Life
Meet Some Students:
"What can you tell us about Spanish & Shadowing Abroad?"
"Go out and meet the people from the city. Meet locals...that's how you practice your Spanish."
"I was a little nervous because I had never left Texas before, but I'm really happy I decided to do this." 
"I don't have similar opportunities in the States, but here I've watched surgeries and shadowed doctors."
"I was so nervous.  It was my first time out of the country,..when I got here everyone was so supportive."
"I have never met, here or elsewhere, so many amazing people. I wish I could take you all back to Mississippi with me." 
"People are absolutely professional... the staff and teachers treated us perfectly, taught us well."
"I want to learn Spanish to be able to help more people in the United States, where a lot of people speak Spanish."
"I learned lots of medical terminology and in the future will be able to speak with my patients in Spanish." 
"I talked to a bunch of doctors and nurses and the medical shadowing was really helpful."
"I had no idea what to expect and was nervous, but the people were so welcoming and so nice."
"I thought it was going to be so bad, but it ended up being one of the best experiences of my life." 
"I have taken lots of Spanish before, and I am here to improve my hearing and speaking."
"I got to see some surgeries and consultations with Dr. Safron who was very helpful."
"I was pleasantly surprised to find such a warm community. I've made some lifelong friends." 
"There are tons of opportunities for shadowing nurses and doctors in different fields."
"I saw a lot off really cool things like surgeries with a gastroenterologist. I wish I could stay longer."
"It really opened my eyes to the possibilities of becoming a Spanish-speaking doctor." 
"I came to Chile not knowing anything about the country, but I've had a phenomenal time here."
Not Fluent in Spanish Yet?
(It's Not Your Fault)
If you are like most North American students, much of your language education has been in traditional classrooms:  one teacher with many students, a curriculum focused on memorizing vocabulary and grammar rules, and (most unfortunately) lacking "practice doing" through real conversations.
The below chart should help explain why your progress may be less than your potential: 
Spanish Class "Spycam"
(Click image for video of class)
Is Spanish Immersion Really Simpler and Better?
These 7 Fluency Acceleration Factors 
combine for an (almost always) superior result
1) Extra Small Classes
Max of 7 students keeps you engaged and participating. 
2) "Living In The Now"
While abroad (free from your usual daily headaches)  you are fully present.
3) Single-Class Focus
Your only class is Spanish, so you don't burn mental energy subject-hopping.
4) "360 degrees of Spanish"
The "Spanish everywhere environment" keeps you surrounded by the language even when class ends.
5) Conversation Sections
Rather than late nights studying for exams,  you learn by doing right in class.
6) Supportive Community
Without the pressures of grades and class rank, students help each other succeed.
7) Same Day Incentives
Use your new Spanish phrases in the real world the very same day you learn them.
For decades Europeans have mastered languages via "eduvacations" - trips abroad to learn the language where it's spoken
Finally, savvy Americans are doing the same
Have you ever wondered why the Dutch, the Swiss, the Danes, and other Europeans often speak 3 (or more) languages frequently?
Are they all language savants? 
What is their secret?
They don't fill their college schedules with language courses.
They don't lock themselves in their basements to memorize vocabulary lists.
They don't download all the latest whizbang learning apps.
They DO love to travel, and they DO love to learn a language where it's spoken – getting fluent quickly, living cultural adventures, and making new friends all at once.
And the best part is, they spend FAR LESS to get fluent than they would on an American college campus.
The good news is...a (proper) Spanish immersion program can get you fluent quickly and enjoyably – even if you “stink at languages” or you don't study.
Many Europeans do it. So do more and more "in the know" Americans.
So can you.
Spanish & Medicine student, Lisa W., volunteers at a children's hospital.
The Spanish & Medicine study abroad takes place in South America.
It is exclusively for prehealth/premed students who will have completed at least one year of college studies prior to the program start date.
Spanish & Medicine at a glance...
  • Study abroad program for premed/prehealth students
  • Includes Spanish immersion, medical shadowing, and housing
  • Suitable for Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced (not appropriate if you are already fluent)
  • Each 4 week session is equivalent to a college course
  • Choose 4, 8, 12, or 16 weeks
  • Each session limited to 25 students
Should You Apply to Join Us?
The language gap crisis in American healthcare gets worse every year.
Ask yourself...

Is it more practical  to ask 100 Spanish-speaking patients to learn English or one (relatively) privileged college student to learn Spanish? 

The thing is....

YOU Absolutely CAN Become a Bilingual Healthcare Professional.
Through a proper immersion program, fluency is closer than you think.
We Are Committed to Getting You There...
Spanish & Medicine Frequently Asked Questions
Who is Spanish & Medicine for?
It is carefully designed for pre-health students who anticipate using Spanish in their careers.
The ideal student:
+ can live without all the creature comforts of home.
+ enjoys meeting new people and is culturally curious.
+ has a desire to witness health care in action.
+ has a genuine interest in learning Spanish.
Who is the program NOT for?
You will not be happy if you:
- require hands-on practice (our shadowing is based on ethical observation, not practicing) 
- only want to participate to “stand out” on grad school and job applications
- only want the college credit and have no real interest in using Spanish
- need a high-comfort environment or are a "Debbie Downer"
Does the shadowing comply with AAMC study abroad standards?
Yes. The clinics we partner with for shadowing, as well as local health care regulations, do not allow our students to diagnose patients or to perform medical procedures. You will be observing the professionals that do.
How do participants receive academic credit?
Depending on your level, you will receive a transcript from Bolivariana (South America) or Brookhaven (USA).
What is the minimum level of Spanish required?
There is no minimal level of Spanish. Our school has complete beginners all the way through people that teach Spanish themselves.
Beginning students often advance the most, yet understand the least. It will be frustrating at first, yet by the end you will be surprised at your abilities.
What’s included in the tuition?
Your Spanish & Medicine tuition includes: 
+ all Spanish instruction, including additional classes on medical Spanish
+ all course material
+ academic transcript
+ housing with a local host
+ medical component (shadowing, guest lectures, field trips)
What additional expenses should students allow for?
You should also budget for:
>>> plane ticket to South America  You can save a lot of money by searching for student tickets
 >>> “walking around” money (lunch, snacks, entertainment etc.) about half what you pay in North America 
 >>> souveneirs – gifts for family and friends back home 
>>> optional school activities. Excursions are optional and you pay only for the ones you want. Usually they are inexpensive – for example, the cooking class everyone puts in a few dollars (and then gets to eat the food anyway)
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