MED663 .23 and/or .01 (Reno)
Medical Spanish

Office of Medical Education

  • Course Name: Medical Spanish
  • Short Name: Medical Spanish
  • Course Number: MED663 .23 and/or .01
  • Location: Reno
  • Department Contact: Kelsi Whitehead
  • Type: Other
  • Length: Varies by section
  • Preceptors:
    • Crystal Castaneda, M.D.
    • Jill Packman, Ph.D.

Please contact the department to verify elective availability.

Description of Rotation

  • Length (choose one of the following)
    • MED663 M.23 (2 credits, 1 clinical and 1 nonclinical)
      • 1 non-clinical credit for 40 hours of online coursework via Canopy (required)- (September to April)
      • 1 clinical credit for 40 hours of Zoom/In-person workshops with SPs -longitudinally, specify Fall or Spring
    • MED663 M.01: (1-2 credits, clinical)
      • 1-2 clinical credits for 40-80 hours of outpatient clinical encounters with assigned Spanish speaking physician and (Spring semester)
      • Must be enrolled in MED663M.23 to enroll in this course.

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 AHEC and Canvas.
  • Students will complete lectures and workshops in the evenings/weekends during the month of February focused on developing the students Cultural Humility and ACT toolbox so that they can go forth as leaders of cultural change in residency and beyond.
  • Student who are wanting additional practical experience they are able 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.   

References/Materials -          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 (Disregard Honors/High Pass below)

  • Pass: A performance which meets the course objectives
  • Fail: A performance which does not meet the course objectives


  • Honors: An exceptional performance which exceeds all course objectives
  • High Pass: A performance which exceeds most course objectives
  • Pass: A performance which meets the course objectives
  • Fail: A performance which does not meet the course objectives

Special Notes

Medical Spanish is Pass/Fail