Medical English for Doctors and Nurses

Minimum entry level: Elementary

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Course description

The importance of effective communication in the field of medicine can’t be overemphasised. True success in this area is dependent on inter-personal linguistic skills as well as scientific knowledge. Medical English for Doctors and Nurses course is specifically designed to improve your communicative ability in English within the Medical field. You will study specialist vocabulary in situations based on general medical practice and hospital procedures. Topic work can include an overview of the British National Health Service.


Course outcomes

By the end of the course you will be able to:

– Understand the Code of Ethics in Healthcare
– Communicate effectively with co-workers
– Take Medical and Family history
– Understand and assess the various degrees of pain
– Understand language used by patients to describe symptoms
– Reassure patients during examinations, treatment and pre/post-surgery
– Explain the purpose and side effects of medication
– Use language pertaining to different medical fields, such as Obstetrics, Paediatrics, Urology, Orthopaedics, Surgery, Dermatology, Ophthalmology and Neurology
– Give advice and general lifestyle recommendations to patients


Sample syllabus

Medical English:
Communication activities as well as vocabulary on Medical ethics; Assessing symptoms and signs; Taking a history; Explaining and observing a procedure; Explaining complications; Acknowledging visual cues; Reassuring the patient; Make polite requests; Accident and emergency; Pain management; Communicating with patients; Common abbreviations; How to discuss sensitive matters. Caring For the Elderly; Health and Illnesses
Assessing a Patient; Nutrition; Degrees of Pain; Body Functions; Diagnosis and Treatments; Alternative Treatments; Medical Treatment; Medication
Examinations; Mental Health; General Symptoms; Assessing Symptoms and Signs; Monitoring the patients; Hygiene; Infections; Taking a history; Different types of Therapy

Conversation English skills:
Using small talk, Speaking smoothly and fluently, Making arrangements, Ways to behave, Responding sympathetically, Telephone phrases and expressions, Social English, Expressing feelings, Daily routines, Describing food, Describing people’s appearance, Dealing with family and friends, Making plans, Pronunciation activities etc

Initial Doctor-Patient Assessment: Building the relationship (Use of Open and Closed Questions; Picking up cues; Using appropriate non-verbal behaviour; Developing Rapport)
Physical Examinations (Explaining and Obtaining Agreement; Treating Patients with dignity before and after the examination)
Diagnosis (Being Sympathetic and dealing with sensitive issues; Breaking bad news; Communicating with Relatives; Giving clear treatment and follow-up instructions)
Communicating Dignity and Respect Non-Verbally (Elements of Non-Verbal Communication; Listening-Positive and Negative acknowledgement; Empathy; Personal Space and Privacy)
Communicating Dignity and Respect Verbally (Using Humour appropriately; Stereotyping and Labelling)
Working in a Team (Team members roles and attributes; ‘It’s not my job…’; Giving and receiving feedback)