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After two years of design and implementation, the Medical Spanish/Latino Health Elective (MSLHE) welcomed its first
class during the 2013-2014 academic year! The MSLHE is an innovative three-year longitudinal course that aims to
prepare students to deliver culturally-proficient and
linguistically competent care to the Latino community.
"I love that the University of Cincinnati has this program that lets me grow as a doctor and a Spanish-speaker at the
same time. It gives us the opportunity to develop fluency and help other medical students build their capacity,
while gaining real-world
experience making a difference for a special-needs population. This program is great for anyone hoping to work with
the Latino community, either in the Cincinnati area, nationally, or internationally."
- Christopher Moriss, Class of 2017
"MSLHE is a wonderful program for me because it allows me to get proficiency in medical Spanish and have continued
education and practice in speaking and working with local Spanish speaking populations. I wanted to do this because
I've been speaking Spanish
since I was 13 and I love the language. This program gives me the opportunity to help an underserved population now
and in future practice. It also gives my application an edge since Spanish speaking doctors are few and far
- Ellie Farr, Class of 2017
Joining the UCCOM medical Spanish elective was a no-brainer for me after seeing the impact of translators through
previous undergrad experiences volunteering at free clinics. Now as a future doctor, it's important to note that the
in the US is growing at an exponential rate and the language barrier among many things is a huge obstacle towards
the care of these patients. The flexible, well-rounded, and valuable educational experience I get through this
program brings me closer
towards building better rapport and connecting with Spanish-speaking patients in the effort to improve the
healthcare they receive."
- Sheheryar Jamali, Class of 2017
For questions about the elective, please contact the course directors, Dr. Christy O’Dea and Dr.