Medical Spanish curriculum: A five-year retrospective analysis of physician assistant student performance

J. Glenn Forister, Cristina M. González

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Abstract

Purpose: To evaluate the effectiveness of medical Spanish instruction by assessing Spanish language comprehension in physician assistant (PA) education. Methods: We performed a retrospective analysis of Spanish pretest and posttest performance for all PA students who completed the University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) PA Program between 2004 and 2008 (N = 171). The intervention involved having each student complete five credit hours (75 contact hours) of medical Spanish over three semesters. Results: The mean examination performance of all classes combined improved by 11.5%. This difference of the means was statistically significant (95% Cl = 10% to 13%; paired t-test, t = 14.96; P < 0.0001). Each of the five classes improved; however, the mean examination scores of nonnative speakers improved more than those of native speakers. Conclusions: Medical Spanish instruction to PA students provides a basis for the development of foreign language competency for use in the clinical setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-16
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Physician Assistant Education
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

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