Del Mar College Hosts Workshop to Teach Spanish to Healthcare Professionals

Pew research data shows that 58% of Hispanic immigrants prefer seeing a Spanish-speaking doctor. Now, Del Mar College is offering a new program to help healthcare professionals reach more Spanish-speaking patients.

This workshop is designed to develop speaking and listening skills for practical, everyday use of Spanish for basic communication in the workplace. Why is this important?

2019 census data shows that 71.1% of Hispanics speak a language other than English at home, which can create problems when it comes to getting medical care.

The college said this training will focus on information for hospital nurses, emergency responders, physicians and physical therapists.

Javier Morin is a Spanish teacher at Del Mar College. He said people who take part will learn vocabulary phrases covering everything from the human body to hospital scenarios, as well as clinics and visits to the doctor and dental office.

“Another thing is an explanation of body parts. So we’re going to talk about physiology of anatomy learning about body parts as well,” Morin said.

Letty Guvaldeluna is a Spanish instructor and lab assistant at Del Mar College, she told us that it is extremely important for healthcare professionals to speak Spanish for patients who only know Spanish because they want to be able to feel confident to make the right decisions about their health.

“And so the something for what medication, what procedure they’re going to do, is it okay to have surgery or not,” Guvaldeluna said.

The “Spanish for Medical Fields” workshop is free!

And it’s scheduled for this Friday.

It begins at 11:00 a.m. in Room 227 of the Coles Classroom Building on the Heritage Campus at 101 Baldwin Blvd.

And while it’s aimed at people in the medical field, the college says it’s open to anyone who wants to attend.

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