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Medical Spanish Terminology and Medical Spanish Classes

Spanish Medical Terminology


As the percentage* of the Spanish speaking population of the United States increases each year the need for medical health professionals to communicate effectively with these patients also grows. Here are examples of common expressions used in the medical community and their Spanish equivalents:

First Aid

  • Please don't move. Por favor, no se mueva.
  • Where does it hurt? Dónde le duele?
  • Can you breathe? Puede respirar?
  • Open your eyes. Abra los ojos.
  • Please don't move. Por favor, no se mueva.

Physical Examination

  • I am going to examine you. Voy a examinarte.
  • Follow my finger. Sigue mi dedo.
  • Look straight at the light. Mira directo a la luz.
  • Stick out your tongue. Saca la lengua.
  • Open your mouth. Abre la boca.
The follow are Spanish-English Medical terminology books and materials currently available through Amazon Books:
*According to Wikipedia U.S. Hispanics (13.4% of the 2002 population) are bilingual to a degree. A Simmons Market Research survey recorded that 19 percent of the U.S.'s Hispanic population speak only Spanish, 9.0 percent speak only English, 55 percent have limited English proficiency, and 17 percent are fully English-Spanish bilingual.

Spanish Medical Terminology Classes


[Unfortunately, due to the current budget crisis, all funding for medical terminology classes has been suspended]

As Marin County's Latino population grows, a working knowledge of Spanish is becoming an increasingly valuable asset for health professionals. Today, one in three patients that medical personnel come in contact with speak Spanish. Clear communication is essential to good patient care. In collaboration with Marin General Hospital, I'm offering two beginning level Spanish classes that emphasize medical vocabulary and cross-cultural communication skills in the healthcare setting. These ongoing 8-session classes will improve both your job skills and your career potential. The course will cover such topics as:

  • Greeting patients, taking them through the admission process, and familiarizing them with various aspects of the hospital
  • Physical examinations, directions and commands
  • Terminology for body parts, common diseases and symptoms
  • Terminology associated with specific procedures, tests and surgery
  • Conveying instructions about medications and follow-up care
To enroll call Patricio -- Cell. (415) 806-8101