BIOL 6501: Medical Chinese
Students who participate in the Medical Chinese Elective will attain a working knowledge of Mandarin Chinese relevant to medical practice in order to better communicate with Chinese-speaking patients. The elective course is designed with students in mind who are somewhat proficient in the Mandarin and/or Cantonese and desire to learn specialized language skills for doctor-patient communication. The class is for medical students only. Students must have basic knowledge of Chinese and able to participate in conversation in simple mandarin Chinese. The six-session course will cover basic vocabulary and phrases for conducting patient interviews. The course is conducted entirely in Chinese, with 1 hour of lecture and 1 hour of role play, emphasizing interview skills and differences of Chinese subcultures in Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, and Southeast Asia. The Elective is offered upon request if there is a group of 4 or more interested students. A student coordinator is needed to recruit potential students, work with the medical school to secure classroom, distribute weekly reminder or occasional announcements and to collect faculty evaluation forms.