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Bilingual Health Track

Educating and Graduating Culturally Competent Bilingual Physicians

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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.

Students are tested for the level of oral proficiency and are placed in either one of the two groups. You will be tested and certified for your oral proficiency by Dr. Norma Perez, who is certified by the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Please read instructions carefully to make an appointment with Dr. Perez. Those in Group I (beginner) will be required to enroll in POM HABLE I and/or PBL HABLE I. Group II (advanced) students do not have any pre-required courses. They may start earning credits as of their summer preceptorship. All students must complete five elective credits and submit a final capstone project during year 4. Table below is the curriculum layout for your use.

Students are required to complete five credits through an experience abroad in Latin America/Spain or a clerkship in the US in a predominant Spanish-speaking patient population or take the online Clinical Conversational Spanish course. In year four, the student must complete a selective. The written report must be on Hispanic health with an emphasis on cultural competency based on past clinical encounters. MEHU 4411 has BSHS credit and FAMU 4022 has ACS credit. All students enrolled in the School of Medicine are eligible. The curriculum is integrated across the four years of medical school.

BILINGUAL HEALTH TRACK ANNUAL CHECKLIST

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Register (new students)
OR
Fill out annual update to BHT activities due by May 1st


BHT Curriculum = 5 Credits
Groups Pre-requisites Summer Preceptorships Clerkship Years Capstone Project

Beginner

Basic High to Intermediate/Mid (Spanish)

POM HABLE I & II

 

 

Latin America (2 credits w/GHT)

OR

Large Spanish-speaking patient population clinics in US (>35%)

Large Spanish-speaking patient population clinics in US (>35%)

OR

FAMU4022

OR

FAMU4021

OR

Immersive Clinical Spanish Hybrid Course BLHU4002 (1 credit)

MEHU4411 Mandatory

Advanced

Intermediate High to Advanced

PBL HABLE I
MCT
NHB

 

Must test for oral proficiency with Dr. Perez.

PBL HABLE II
EER
DHM
GIN

 

Latin America (2 credits w/GHT)

OR

Large Spanish-speaking patient population clinics in US (>35%)

OR

Clinical Converational Spanish Online Course BLHU1050 (1 credit)

Large Spanish-speaking patient population clinics in US (>35%)

OR

FAMU4022

OR

FAMU4021

OR

Clinical Converational Spanish Online Course BLHU4001 (1 credit)

OR

Immersive Clinical Spanish Hybrid Course BLHU4002 (1 credit)

MEHU4411 Mandatory
Beginner and Advanced students must attend 10 track sessions over the 4 years. Check https://www.facebook.com/HCOE92 page as presentations occur monthly. Alternate track sessions that count towards BHT: Rural Health, Global Health, and Public Health.

Students graduate:

  • Proficient in medical Spanish terminology.
  • Proficient in history-taking and physical exam
  • Proficient in terminology relevant to patient education with regards to disease prevention, diagnosis, pathophysiology, therapy and prognosis in Spanish
  • Culturally competent in Hispanic health
  • Once the student completes the BHT credits 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.

Note:

*New Requirement for Class of 2018 and above BHT Scholars*

Students must attend 10 Bilingual Health Track Presentations over the 4 years. Check our Facebook page as presentations occur monthly.

MEHU 4411: Please join the Hispanic Center of Excellence for the final Student Scholarly Presentation of Elizabeth De La Rosa Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 1:00-1:30pm via Skype - My Observations on Disparate Health Outcomes in Gallbladder Disease

Please remember to sign in with your full name to receive credit for attendance.


Join Skype Meeting or Join by phone: 409-266-2120 or 855-539-7525


POM & PBL HABLE Applications

Applications for POM HABLE I are now CLOSED. Deadline July 28, 2017.
(Students from POM HABLE I automatically rollover into POM HABLE II)

Applications for PBL HABLE I are now CLOSED. Deadline July 28, 2017.

The University of Texas Medical Branch has a proud tradition of excellence in teaching, scholarly research, curricular innovation and in meeting the healthcare needs of the State of Texas. As director of the Hispanic Center of Excellence, my primary objective is to provide faculty and students with future opportunities in career advancement, research, clinical practice, mentorship, counseling, and pre-medical academic enrichment programs to promising students. The HCOE's history in UTMB dates back to 1992, through federal funding by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration.