Spanish Language/Healthcare Disparities Distinction Track

The Spanish Language/Healthcare Disparities Distinction Track is a two-year program that focuses on strengthening the Spanish language skills of residents in order to enhance the care of our bilingual patients. We also cultivate discussions and host forums to help educate our fellow residents in cultural competency and health care disparities.


  • Initial Spanish proficiency testing to determine eligibility
  • Continued Spanish proficiency testing to determine progress
  • Monthly, one-hour facilitated Spanish classes featuring interactive, systems based Spanish curriculum
  • Access to self-paced Canopy medical Spanish on-line training modules
  • Quarterly Health Care Disparity forums organized by track participants featuring local community speakers and topics relevant to the local patient population
  • Opportunity to take the ALTA Clinician Cultural and Linguistic Assessment (CCLA) exam and become a certified bilingual provider
  • Presentation of project at Annual GME Scholarly Day and encouraged to submit to national conferences
  • Certificate presented at the end of the 2-year track indicating completion and bilingual provider status (if applicable)

The 2019-20 HCD Forums included:

  • HCD: Forum and Community Resource Fair - Guest Speaker: Martha Monroy, MA
  • Cultural Differences in End of Life Care and Communication Preferences – Guest Speaker: C. Bree Johnson, MD, MPH, FACP
  • Suicide in the African-American Community:  The Growing Crisis Among Black Youth – Guest Speaker: Patricia Harrison-Monroe, PhD