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English is an important subject for medical students in Cuba. It is a
compulsory subject until the fifth year. During the first three years the students
receive general English for communication. They are taught communicative
functions, grammatical structures in a communicative approach,
comprehension. During these 3 years the students create bases to deal with
a very difficult medical language in the fourth and fifth year. In the fourth year
they deal with 10 different pathologies, five in each semester.
First Semester: hypertension, myocardial infarction, Tonsillitis, Pneumonia, Bronchial Asthma
Second Semester: Peptic Ulcer, Appendicitis, Breast Cancer, Obstetrics
and Gynecology, Coma, and Introduction to the language of research
The course begins with instruction in the language essentials of data
acquisition and analysis, history, physical examination,
investigations, diagnostics, therapeutic plan, as well as specific
advice and practice on medical case write up.
The course has been designed to meet specific needs, mainly in Doctor-Patient communication, interaction between doctors, doctors and nurses,
medical students, practising doctors, and other personnel in the hospital.
The program develops skills in comprehension of written texts and articles, writing essays and short clinical reports.
Something similar happens with English in Dentistry career. Only in the fourth
year do they receive English for specific purposes (Insight Dentistry).
Psychology Students get Specific English in their fourth year (Psych-up), and nursing Students in fourth and fifth year (English for Nursing
The evaluation includes:
Oral and written short term papers.
Extra Class work (eg. The elaboration of posters , Educative talks ..)
Final Examination (Oral and Written)
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