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Teaching Medical Spanish to Improve Population Health Webinar

(90 min.) This webinar will highlight the impact of patient-provider language concordance on clinical practice and health care delivery in an increasingly diverse population. We will specifically discuss the current state of medical Spanish curriculum in U.S. medical schools and resources available to help institutions assess their health and scientific workforce efforts to address cultural and linguistic competency. Participants will also learn about the Medical Spanish program at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and discuss the components of medical Spanish skill evaluation and certification. There will be an extended Q&A session at the end.

Speakers:
David Acosta, MD
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Association of American Medical Colleges
Email: dacosta@aamc.org

Norma A. Pérez, MD, DrPH 
Director, School of Medicine Special Programs
Executive Director, Hispanic Center of Excellence
Author, Clinical Conversational Spanish for English and Spanish Healthcare Professionals©
Office of Student Affairs and Admissions
University of Texas Medical Branch
Email: noaperez@utmb.edu

Brenda Robles, BA 
Coordinator, Language Interpreters Program
National Institutes of Health
Email: roblesb@cc.nih.gov

Yumi Turmelle, MD 
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Advanced Medical Spanish course faculty advisor
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Email: turmelley@wustl.edu

Moderator:
Pilar Ortega, MD 
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Illinois Chicago – College of Medicine
Attending Physician, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Author, Spanish and the Medical Interview
Email: POrtega1@uic.edu

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