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and Medical Cantonese pocket cards
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for more information regarding obtaining resources or starting
a medical Chinese class
Chinese and Cultural Competency Initiative — Improving
Patient Care in the Chinese Community by Reducing Language
and Cultural Barriers.
New York University School of Medicine Medical
Chinese encourages and facilitates the learning and utilization
of medical Chinese in healthcare settings to reduce physician-patient
communication barriers faced by Limited English Proficient
(LEP) Chinese-speaking patients. Medical Chinese continually
strives to improve its curriculum, initiate and advance similar
programs at other medical schools and institutions, and reach
out to practicing healthcare professionals in the US.
Medical Chinese offers resources to students
and healthcare professionals who want to provide more comprehensive
and culturally sensitive care to LEP Chinese-speaking patients.
This online teaching module not only complements the curriculum
taught in medical Chinese class at NYU School of Medicine,
but also serves the needs of the healthcare community at large.
Medical Chinese Class at NYU School of Medicine
Medical Chinese curriculum is taught in both Cantonese and
Mandarin and includes three essential components: completing
the course, participating in the Objective Standardized Clinical
Examinations (OSCEs), and volunteering to serve in the Chinese-speaking
community. Interested participants register through the Master
Scholars Program each semester and may participate in Cantonese,
Mandarin, or both. Each class has a maximum of 25 students
who are expected to complete 14 lessons and two OSCEs by the
end of two semesters.
The course is designed so that speakers
of all levels, from complete beginners to advanced participants,
will benefit. The emphasis is on developing speaking and listening
skills, so even though Chinese characters are printed in the
lesson books, classes are conducted with an alphabet-based
pronunciation system: Pinyin for Mandarin and the Yale system
for Cantonese. The first semester focuses on patient history
questions and the second on physical exam and systems-based
questions. Each lesson begins with key sentences and questions
and ends with a relevant vocabulary list.
During the OSCE at the end of each semester, all participants
are evaluated on their ability to elicit appropriate information
from a Chinese-speaking patient-actor. Participants are given
medical Chinese pocket cards as quick references to phrases
and vocabulary useful in the OSCE and healthcare settings.
Medical Language and Cultural Competency
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Chinese: English-Mandarin & English-Cantonese Parallel
Texts is a printed version of all the phrases and
terminology on this website, organized into chapters with
a full table of contents and appendix. Similar to the website,
the text is user-friendly with the English phrases on the
left and the Chinese translation and phonetics on the right
column. The text can be used as a lesson book for medical
Chinese classes or used in conjunction with this website for
self-study or as a reference. Chapters on pronunciation and
cultural responsiveness are included in the text as well.
Paperback: 237 pages
Publisher: Master Scholars Press (May 2007)
Dimensions: 9.0 x 6.0 x 0.6 inches
The book is currently being sold at New
York University’s Health Sciences Bookstore on 333 East 29th
Street, New York, NY 10016. To place an order to be shipped,
please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 998-9990 (ask
for Bruno or Herb). Books can be shipped out UPS the same
day, flat shipping rate of $5.00 for first book and $1 for
each extra copy. If it is going out of NY State, there is
no sales tax; if it is within NY State, tax exemption is available
for full time students or house staff.
The book will be sold online shortly, please
revisit this site for updates!
*Disclaimer: No profit will be made
with these sales. All revenue will go back to the continued
development and distribution of medical Chinese resources.
Pocket cards are available in tri-fold cardstock
or printable from the Web site in English-Mandarin (Pinyin)
and English-Cantonese (Yale system) formats.
Contents: parts of the human body, general
history, review of systems, physical exam, OB/GYN, pediatrics,
mini mental status exam, surgery
Practice and assess your medical Chinese
with the virtual patient! Work through these cases to practice
your speaking and listening skills as you take a history and
conduct a physical exam.
Interested in starting a similar program
at your institution?
Please contact the coordinators of the Medical Chinese Program
to obtain a free lesson book and medical Chinese pocket card.
We are more than happy to assist with the details and logistics
of organizing such a program.
Apply For Funding
Please download the information sheet and application form below to apply for funding to start
a similar program at your institution.