Our Medical Spanish Immersion Program is held in Ensenada, Baja California for two weeks in the summer in collaboration with our partner university, Universidad Xochicalco School of Medicine. This program is designed for healthcare providers and students who seek to more effectively communicate with and provide care towards Spanish-speaking patients. Participants will develop intercultural competencies, network with a Mexican medical school community, learn about the path towards health equity in the face of disparities within a global public health context hands-on, deepen their Spanish fluency, practice interacting with and interviewing Latinx patients in their own language, and have tons of fun and an incredible international experience. They will receive a wide range of resources including an extensive MedSpanish Student Manual and Workbook as well as a Certificate of Completion from CENEU and Universidad Xochicalco.

What's in store during these two weeks at Universidad Xochicalco, Campus Ensenada?!

Students should plan to arrive at the U.S.- Mexico international border on the morning of June 24, 2024 (for the MSIP ‘24 I) or July 22, 2024 (for the MSIP ‘24 II). As a group, we will cross into Mexico all together and drive down to Universidad Xochicalco Ensenada's campus in the "Xochi Van" (university transport we will use throughout the trip) by an official university chauffeur. Once we arrive, you will meet the rest of the team (faculty, staff and peer mentors, who are Universidad Xochicalco medical students), tour the campus of the university, including the medical school, and receive an overview of the medical school and its curriculum. We'll host a welcome ceremony and luncheon and you'll start to get to know our Mexican peer mentors, then participate in a cultural activity to break the ice and start to learn some Mexican traditions. Afterwards, we'll drop you off with your host family for the evening, with whom you will have dinner, enjoy the evening and, of course, practice your Spanish.

The typical schedule for the rest of the weekdays includes 4 hours daily of classes on campus (with breaks in between, of course) in 1) Medical Spanish and 2) Spanish Language. All students will take Medical Spanish, and students will be placed in a separate Spanish Language class according to their level. The first half of each class will be theory-based and the second half will be set aside for you to practice with peer mentors.

Beyond our classes, students will also engage in clinical shadowing through our Public Health & Community Medicine module. The professors of the Public Health & Community Medicine program at Xochicalco will explain the health literacy, epidemiology, prevention and public health work that medical students do out in the communities, which you will be able to shadow as well as participate in first-hand. You will learn to conduct a health & living conditions interview with families and practice this during community outings, as well as shadow provider-patient interactions in clinicals, hospitals and health fairs.

Finally, students will participate in a variety of cultural activities, including cooking workshops at the campus Gastronomy lab, a dance & arts class, a community bonfire and a tour of Ensenada's cultural district and downtown. During the weekend, we'll spend the day visiting Valle de Guadalupe vineyards and participating in their wine-growing tours and tastings, and Sunday will be a rest day to spend with host families and explore the area.

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Design & Objectives

Week 1: June 24-29 2024 & July 22-27, 2024

In person in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. You will…Refresh your Spanish with Spanish language and Medical Spanish classes

  •  Learn and practice Spanish expressions in various contexts, including

    - how to introduce yourselves to patients
    - how to interview patients regarding their medical history
    - how to interview patients regarding history of present illness

  •  Meet and befriend Mexican medical student peer mentors, with whom
    you’ll practice both conversational fluency as well as clinical dialogues through provider-patient role-plays

  • Immerse yourself in the Spanish language and in Mexican culture through relationships with your peer mentors and your host family, and explore all that Ensenada has to offer

    Price: This week is $1,200

Week 2 : June 30-July 5th, 2024 & July 28- August 2, 2024

in-person in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. In this week, students will:

  • Learn specific terminology—both technical and colloquial—regarding anatomy and bodily systems, including:
    - Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Digestive, Nervous, and Reproductive systems
  • Participate in community health surveys in underserved rural communities as part of Universidad Xochicalco’s Public Health and Community Medicine program, and learn how to analyze this data to learn about the local population’s health barriers and proposed solutions

  • Participate in binational research projects with Mexican medical student peer mentors, and have the opportunity to present your findings along with your peer mentor in Spanish, if you choose

  • Take part in a variety of fun cultural activities (games and cooking and dance workshops) and trips around Ensenada, including gastronomy and wine tours at Valle de Guadalupe

    Price: This week is $1,200

Register here

MSIP ‘24 I (June 24 - July 5, 2024) Full Payment
MSIP ‘24 II (July 22- August 2, 2024) Full Payment
MSIP 24 I or II Payment Plans

Calendar of the first week

Learn to estabilish rapport with your patient. In the Doctor - Patient Unit, you will learn to greet, empathize and have conversations with your patients in Spanish

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Calendar of the second week

Understand pathologies. Once you learn to establish rapport, it is crucial to understand what is happening to your patient internally.

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Welcome Kit

Course Materials

Public Health & Community Medicine module

MedSpanish Student Manual & Workbook

Certificate of Completion

Clinical Shadowing in Hospitals & Clinics

7 Core Competencies

MedSpanish Glossaries

Cultural Activities with Mexican med students

Spanish Class: Peer Mentor Practice

Clinical & Public Health Shadowing

Cultural Activities

MedSpanish & Public Health Class

On Campus