Thursday, April 21, 2005

I need to learn Spanish or Cantonese or...

The Nytimes has an article on the effects of language barriers in the ER. While the city I live in is not exactly as multicultural as New York, I know that language barriers are a problem here as well.

If only there were time in the medical curriculum to at least learn some basic spanish. Yes, I'm sure that there are spanish interpreters in most local hospitals, but I know that having at least a basic understanding of other languages will greatly help me. I wonder if it might be worth it to require a college-level foreign language class for medical admission, although yet again, it is difficult to continue to add prerequisites for admissions, and requirements during medical school itself.