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Spanish For Medical Professionals (Self-Paced Tutorial)

Speaking, Spelling, and Counting in Spanish

¡Bienvenidos! (Welcome !) In the first lesson, you will master the building blocks of Spanish. First, you will discover how easy it is to spell and pronounce words en español. After that, you will learn how to count from 0 to 19.

Words for Talking About People

La familia is central to Latin American life, and family members play a key role in a patient's medical care as well. In this lesson you will learn the Spanish words for those family members and pick up some handy phrases for conversing with patients and their families. Also, you will learn about pronouns and explore the role of gender in Spanish.

Colors, Directional Words, and Numbers from 20 to 199

In this lesson, you will power up your Spanish vocabulary by learning the words for colors and directions. In addition, you will find out how to count all the way to 199—and you will learn six handy prepositions to beef up your sentence-building power.

Easy Verbs

As a medical professional, you're always in action—so you will want lots of action words in your Spanish repertoire! Also, you will look at two interesting verbs that mean "to be:" ser and estar.

Words for Describing the Body and Medical Conditions

In this lesson you will start zeroing in on the medical Spanish you need to know. You will begin by taking a look at the parts of the body, and you will learn the words for everything from teeth to toes. After that, you will peek inside the body to talk about internal organs. And finally, you will delve into the Spanish vocabulary for common medical conditions.

At the Doctor's Office

It's time to visit the doctor's office, where you will learn lots of words for making patients feel welcome. You will also discover the magic of the word ¿Cuál? and explore other ways to ask questions. In addition, you will learn Spanish words for hours of the day, days of the week and months of the year—all handy things to know if you're making appointments for patients!


In an emergency, every second counts. This lesson covers the vocabulary words needed to quickly respond to medical crises involving Spanish-speaking patients. In addition, you will learn words for describing medical tests, treatments, and procedures, so you can inform and reassure patients receiving care in the emergency room.

The Examining Room

Most patients have routine symptoms and ailments, and this lesson will add more words to your vocabulary for discussing these common medical problems. Also, you will look at words for instructing patients during a medical exam—and finish by expanding your toolkit of Spanish words with some new adjectives.

On the Patient Care Floor

In this lesson, you will visit the patient care floors and learn words for everything from bedpans to pillows to call buttons. You will also discover lots of new words for talking about time, and you will find out how to explain visiting hours to your Spanish-speaking patients. Finally, you will explore words for feelings—something that will help you soothe patients when they're sad and celebrate with them when they're happy.

Admitting and Discharge

Patients are constantly coming and going—and that means it's a good idea to know Spanish words for admitting and discharging them! This lesson introduces you to a new set of verbs that will help you talk with patients when they're arriving or leaving. In addition, you will look at words for talking about insurance and payments.

Words for Talking about Pregnancy and Pediatric Care

This lesson starts with a look at the youngest patients who visit a doctor's office or hospital: the ones who aren't even born yet. After we talk about pregnancy, labor, and delivery, you will move on to pediatrics and explore words for making your young patients and their parents feel informed and comfortable. As a bonus, you get to learn about words that'll get you out of a bind if you don't understand what a Spanish-speaking patient is saying.

Vocabulary for Assisting Adult Patients

In this lesson you, will finish your journey through the ages and stages of life by talking about adult patients. You will look at words for discussing cancer symptoms, tests, and treatments, and explore ways to assess the mental status of a patient en español. In addition, you will look at Spanish words for all those diets your patients love so much: low-salt, low-fat, low-cholesterol, and more! And finally, you will discover the little word "hay" and find out why it packs a powerful punch.

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