Spanish Language/Healthcare Disparities Distinction Track

The Spanish Language/Healthcare Disparities Distinction Track is a two-year program that focuses on strengthening the skills of intermediate and advanced Spanish speaking residents to provide enhanced care to a large Spanish speaking patient population as well as developing projects to educate themselves and fellow residents in cultural competency and health care disparities.

Background

Health Care Disparities (HCD) Education has become a critical part of training medical providers to care for diverse populations. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, “individuals, families, and communities that have systematically experienced social and economic disadvantage face greater obstacles to optimal health”. In recognition of the impact health care disparities have on quality of care, the ACGME has required that residents, fellows and faculty be educated in reducing health care disparities and that they be engaged in institutional initiatives to do the same.

Components

  • Initial Spanish proficiency testing to determine eligibility
  • Continued Spanish proficiency testing to determine progress
  • Monthly, one-hour facilitated advanced Spanish classes featuring interactive, systems based Spanish curriculum
  • Monthly, one-hour facilitated beginners Spanish classes featuring basic conversational and medical 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)