MED663 M.01, .02, .03 Medical Spanish

Office of Medical Education

  • Location: Reno
  • Course Directors: Anayansi Lombardero, Ph.D. and Allison Cotton, M.D.
  • Department Contact: Course Directors
  • Type: Non-Clinical and optional Clinical
  • Length
    • MED663 M.01 1 non-clinical credit for 40 hours of online coursework via Canopy (required, cost) -longitudinally, Fall semester only
    • MED663 M.02: The above plus 1 clinical credit for 40 hours of Zoom/In-person workshops with SPs -longitudinally, specify Fall or Spring
    • MED663 M.03: The above plus 1-2 clinical credits for 40-80 hours of outpatient clinical encounters with assigned Spanish speaking physician and patients - rotation of 1-2 weeks scheduled during the Spring semester


Placement: To ensure a successful learning environment for all students, the Course Director will assess the students' knowledge of Spanish before they can register for a class, and will place them according to performance on an assessment, which they are expected to complete to the best of their ability. Students may not enroll in any course into which they have not been placed.

Prerequisite: Placement by the Course Director.

Description of Rotation

Students will be acquiring Spanish language through Canopy online language platform. Students will progress through the levels at their own pace with a suggested schedule & required submission of progress. Students will also have online learning modules through Canvas that will include recorded patient encounters in Spanish with associated questions. Parallel to self-paced learning will be graduated exposure to encounters with Spanish-speaking patients. These encounters will include: standardized patient encounters with community volunteers; cultural humility and ACT workshops with Spanish-speaking community volunteers; and clinical encounters with community physicians. Students will be expected to complete 40 hours of self-study via Canopy longitudinally to obtain 1 non-clinical credit. If completing clinical credits, students will be expected to complete 40 hours of in-person/zoom practice of the Spanish language (workshops and SPs) longitudinally for 1 clinical credit. Furthermore, students are expected to complete 1-2 weeks (40-80hrs) of outpatient clinical encounters either in person or via tele-medicine platforms with Spanish speaking patients for 1-2 clinical credits.


Canopy and Canvas

Evaluation Method

Students will be evaluated based on progress not mastery of Spanish. Evaluations can be completed by both elective directors as well as preceptors and community volunteers who interact with students. These evaluations are for the sole purpose of helping the student progress towards value-based actions.
Students will be required to complete the corresponding Canopy course, online Canvas modules, and participate in workshops/SP/clinic to pass the course.

Grade Pass / Fail