UTMB School of Medicine introduces medical students to culturally tailored clinical experiences, medical knowledge in the Spanish language, and clinical experiences abroad and in the US. The Bilingual Health Track (BHT) is a one of a kind scholarly concentration that emphasizes and addresses cultural competency in Hispanic health during the student's academic years.
A mandatory pre-clinical course is required before obtaining credit for the BHT electives and selective.
Students are required to complete five credits through an experience abroad in Latin America or Spain and it is recommended between year one and two or the student can conduct their summer experience within the US. During academic years three and four, students may opt to conduct their clinical electives in the specialty of their choice in a predominantly Spanish-speaking patient population clinic.
In year four, the student must complete a selective. For BHT the student must submit a written report on Hispanic health with an emphasis on cultural competency based on a past clinical encounter. The course below has BSHS credit.
All students enrolled in the School of Medicine are eligible.
The curriculum is integrated across the four years of medical school.
Once the student completes the BHT he/she will receive a certificate of completion and verbal recognition at the time of graduation and it will be reflected in the Dean's Letter.Contact: Norma Alicia Perez, M.D., Dr.P.H.
Faculty Director: Norma A. Perez, M.D., Dr.P.H.
Location: Cameron Park Clinic in Brownsville, TX
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