How do I
sign up to take the course?
Under the tab, “Registration,” you
will see directions on how to
register for the course. Download
the PDF application form on the
page, fill it out, and return it
either by fax or via scanned email
to Martha Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Since this course is a
credited clinical clerkship
elective, you must receive
authorization from your school in
order to enroll and receive credit
at your current institution.
What is the
cost of tuition?
Course Cost: $2,425.00
*An application fee of $100.00 will
be credited towards the total cost
of the course. This includes a
one-year access to the online
component of the course.
- Who can
I contact to ask questions or to
Please contact Martha Rodriguez at
email@example.com or by calling
(787) 844-1930 or (787) 840-2575
Can I start
the online component before coming
to PSMHS, to get a head start?
Once you sign up for the clerkship,
PSMHS will give you access to the
online component so that you can
begin to review and become familiar
with the modules. In addition, you
may begin in advance to complete the
homework modules, if you wish. You
will have access to the online
component for one year.
- When is
the course offered?
The course is offered throughout the
year. Dates for clinical activities
in Ponce during academic year
2011-12 are as follows:
• Monday, October 24, 2011 – Friday,
November 18, 2011
• Monday, November 21, 2011 –Friday,
December 16, 2011
• Monday, January 2, 2012 – Friday,
January 27, 2012
• Monday, January 30, 2012 – Friday,
February 24, 2012
• Monday, February 27, 2012 -
Friday, March 23, 2012
• Monday, March 26, 2012 – Friday,
April 20, 2012
• Monday, April 23, 2012 – Friday,
May 18, 2012
Special arrangements may be made
according to availability of
can I begin?
At this time, the course has a
flexible schedule. For example, you
may sign up now and begin the online
portion of the class.
What is the
benefit to taking this Elective
through the PSMHS in Ponce, Puerto
While there are other medical
Spanish courses offered, there are
no other medical Spanish Clerkship
Electives offered at a U.S.
accredited medical school, in a
fully immersed environment. Puerto
Rico offers a full immersion in
language and Hispanic culture, which
is not available at any other U.S.
medical school. There are many
aspects of Hispanic culture that are
completely unique. Gaining an
understanding of the dynamics and
importance of the extended family
for instance is just one instance of
being able to communicate with
patients from Hispanic cultures.
Another benefit of the PSMHS Spanish
Medical Elective is that this course
may be eligible for full clinical
credit at your medical school.
What is the
benefit to taking this course in
As medical students and public
health students preparing for a
career, you will benefit from
creating a competitive advantage for
yourself. Medical students pursuing
Residency programs will find that in
nearly any urban and rural setting
in the United States, speaking
Spanish is vital when communicating
with many of your patients. This is
even more so the case in certain
areas of the country with a large
Spanish speaking population, which
extends to most of today’s urban
centers. Indeed, the statistics of
population growth for the United
States indicates that the Hispanic
population is growing so fast, that
it is nearly becoming imperative
that medical practitioners be able
to speak and understand Spanish in
order to best treat their patients.