Trevecca Nazarene University

Spanish Speakers assist PA class

Professor Iliana Carpenter invited some of the University's environmental services staff who are Spanish speakers into her Medical Spanish class this week.

Carpenter instructed the Spanish speakers to refrain from using any English while some of her students attempted to ask them typical exam questions.
She wished to instill within her students the understanding of the importance of knowing the language and culture of their patients.

The class, a required course in Trevecca's Physician's Assistant Program, introduces physician assistant students to medical Spanish and to Hispanic culture. By providing instruction in taking a health history, conducting a physical exam, and educating the Spanish speaking patients in their language and their cultural context, the student also learns how this improves their access to health care.