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Assessment of Spanish Language Proficiency of Bilingual Medical Students

Abstract

As the population of patients with limited English proficiency (LEP) grows, healthcare systems will increasingly be tasked with providing care in languages other than English. This project is designed to assess UCSD bilingual providers' Spanish proficiency and attitudes towards LEP patients through a series of surveys and standardized Spanish language assessments. It also offers the opportunity for participants to complete a Spanish language educational experience as an intervention. Pre-test, post-test, and post-intervention surveys were developed based on findings during a literature review. Several companies offering Spanish language testing services were considered and contacted. IRB approval was applied for and is currently in process. Though the project did not progress as far as was expected, it will be continued by a rising MS4.

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