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Common Ground is dedicated to the responsible use of medical Spanish, and this blog is intended to help healthcare professionals continually improve their use of medical Spanish. Contact us if you’d like to request a medical Spanish blog topic.
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Family medical history in Spanish

How to take a family medical history in Spanish

How to take a Family Medical History in Spanish with a few simple verbs, family relationship vocabulary and common family medical conditions vocabulary in Spanish. You can get a meaningful family medical history from your Spanish-only patients while you keep the grammar simple. These essential questions and command of family terminology in Spanish will help …

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Signs and symptoms of diabetes in Spanish

How to Discuss Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes in Spanish

Diabetes is obviously a common topic in the clinic, but how do your conversations go in Spanish? Do you ever wonder what is the best way to say things like “unexplained weight loss”, “numbness and tingling” , “sugary drinks” in Spanish? In today’s lesson you’ll learn diabetes terminology in Spanish and how to ask a …

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My Medical Spanish Class is Over – Now What

My Medical Spanish Class is Over – Now What?

4 Practical ways to study medical Spanish and keep your Spanish proficiency moving forward between classes: Finishing up your medical Spanish class is always met with mixed emotions. You’re happy with the progress you made during class, but you’re also glad to add some extra down-time back to your busy schedule. Your biggest concern, however, is about letting your …

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Discussing Signs and Symptoms in Spanish

Talking through Signs and Symptoms in Spanish with your patients

This Medical Spanish lesson focuses on talking through the different signs and symptoms in Spanish your patient could have when they see you in the clinic. In this lesson you will learn about: Two important Spanish verbs you need to learn in order to talk about signs and symptoms in Spanish. Useful questions and common …

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OPQRST in Spanish – Questions to understand the history of the problem – HPI in Spanish

  OPQRST is a great acronym for understanding the history of the problem – but it requires some special vocabulary and grammar to take an HPI in Spanish. Learn how to collect important history information and conduct an HPI in Spanish like: Onset, Location, Duration, Aggravating factors, Relieving factors, Treatments, & Severity. As we all …

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Spanish Immersion Dinner in Costa Rica

Winter 2022 Spanish Immersion in Costa Rica

Winter 2022 Spanish Immersion in Costa Rica: We’re back on Spanish immersion in Costa Rica this winter with a wonderful group of travelers. There are a handful of working professionals and retirees on our Adult Spanish Immersion Trip, a group of healthcare workers on the Medical Spanish Immersion Trip, and a family of 5 doing …

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How to give the Physical Exam in Spanish

33 Verbs & Useful Phrases for the Physical Exam in Spanish

In today’s Medical Spanish lesson, you will learn how to talk through the physical exam in Spanish. Specifically, you’ll learn how to: Inform your patient about what you need to do or what you are going to do. Use these 33 Verbs & Useful Phrases and “usted” commands for the Physical Exam in Spanish Subscribe …

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PHQ9 GAD7 Screening for depression and anxiety in Spanish

PHQ 9 and GAD 7 for depression and anxiety screenings in Spanish

Screening for depression and anxiety with the PHQ-9 and GAD-7 in Spanish. Do you ever use the PHQ-9 or GAD-7 to screen your patients for depression and anxiety? If you do, review this free medical Spanish lesson out to learn: The Spanish words for the symptoms of depression that the PHQ-9 refers to Spanish words …

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Words that describe injuries and wounds in Spanish

Verbs, Nouns & Adjectives that Describe Injuries in Spanish

If you’re like most of my students, you probably get the idea when you hear “dolor” and “duele”; your patients are referring to pain. But are you confident you can use them correctly when you’re talking about pain? Same goes for “hinchado” and “hinchazón”; you know that they’re describing swelling, but is it clear when …

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HEENT Exam in Spanish

Head Eyes Ears Nose & Throat Exam (HEENT) in Spanish

This medical Spanish lesson focuses on talking through the Head Eyes Ears Nose & Throat exam in Spanish, also known as HEENT in Spanish. We use the command tense (imperative) and detail all the right vocabulary to help your Spanish-speaking patients understand what you’re doing and basic results. The HEENT exam focuses on a portion …

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Contraception in Spanish

Discussing Contraception Options in Spanish

When you talk about contraception in Spanish, you generally cover a handful of subtopics: cost, effectiveness, any STI protections, OTC vs prescriptions, etc. So in this free medical Spanish lesson, you will learn how to discuss various aspects of contraception, including: Efficacy of preventing pregnancies How long a particular method lasts and/or how long you …

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High blood pressure and hypertension in Spanish

High Blood Pressure and Hypertension conversations in Spanish

Learn how to explain high blood pressure and have hypertension conversations in Spanish: Presión alta e hipertensión. Here is the High Blood Pressure and Hypertension conversations in Spanish that I taught to the Facebook group: Subscribe to our YouTube Channel to see all of our lessons and get the latest videos right away! Download the video notes to …

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Prenatal education in Spanish.

Brief Prenatal Education Review in Spanish

For this week’s topic: Prenatal Education Review in Spanish, I thought I’d share some activities, vocabulary, and simple instructions that a group of OB/GYN residents came up with during our recent Spanish session this past Friday. In this lesson we: Reviewed Gynecology vocabulary and OB vocabulary. Reviewed how to give simple instructions and Usted commands …

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Medical Spanish Memory Tricks

20 Medical Spanish Words and Memory Tricks to remember them

This Medical Spanish lesson focuses on 20 Medical Spanish Word Associations that make it easier to remember and use them with your Spanish speaking patients. Here is the 20 Medical Spanish Word Associations lesson I taught to the Facebook group: 1. Cintura Cintura  is the waistline or lower back – the part of the human body …

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Discussing physical activity in Spanish

Discussing physical activity in Spanish

Exercise and physical activity are an essential component of any diet and lifestyle conversation with patients. So how do you discuss physical activity in Spanish? In this medical Spanish lesson, you will learn how to: Explain the benefits of physical activity Explain the risks of not getting enough physical activity Give physical activity suggestions for …

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Healthy cooking and eating in Spanish

Suggestions for healthy cooking and eating in Spanish

This video viernes lesson teaches you some simple structures in Spanish to give suggestions for healthy cooking and healthy eating in Spanish. In this medical Spanish lesson, you will learn: Some simple sentence starters in Spanish Some easy recommendation phrases A boatload of verbs in Spanish that we use when talking about cooking and eating. …

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Medication Adherence and follow up conversations in Spanish

Medication adherence and follow up conversations in Spanish

In this medical Spanish lesson you’ll learn 7 great questions to give you insight into how closely your patients are adhering to their treatment plan. For each question, we also share some follow-up questions and suggestions for your patients. The 7 questions suggested by the AAFP to know how closely they’re adhering to their treatment …

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Top 10 Prescription Medications in Spanish

Discussing Medication Forms and Dosing Frequencies in Spanish

In this free medical Spanish video viernes lesson, you’ll learn how to give clear medication instructions in Spanish. You’ll learn common forms of medications (pills, tablets, creams, injections, etc) and useful dosing frequencies like: # of times a day, at specific hours, when needed, etc. Medication Forms in Spanish: El elixir = elixir El jarabe …

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Simple Medication Instructions in Spanish

Medical Spanish Series: Medication Instructions in Spanish

Here is how you can form simple medication instructions in Spanish: Starter phrase Medication use Medication form Timing phrase Hay que…Tiene que…Necesita…Es importante…Debe…Puede…Favor de… AplicarDarleDarseInyectarleInyectarsePonerTomarUsar El inhaladorEl jarabeEl medicamentoEl parcheLa cremaLa pastillaLa tableta Antes de…Después de…En la mañanaEn la tardeEn la nocheTodos los díasTres veces al díaUna vez al día Some easy medication instruction examples: …

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Discussing Cancer Screenings in Spanish

How to Discuss Cancer Screenings in Spanish

In today’s video viernes lesson, you will learn how to talk about cancer screenings in Spanish. Specifically, here is what today’s lesson covers: Cancer screening vocabulary in Spanish How to discuss the idea and importance of screenings in general Breast cancer screenings in Spanish Cervical cancer screenings in Spanish Colon cancer screenings in Spanish Lung …

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Upper respiratory infections in Spanish

Upper Respiratory Infections in Spanish

In this free Medical Spanish lesson you will learn how to talk about upper respiratory infections in Spanish: Infecciones de las vías respiratorias superiores. We will be talking about: Respiratory symptoms / Síntomas respiratorios Related Anatomy / Anatomía relacionada Examination and analysis / Exámenes y análisis Questions to rule out causes / Preguntas para descartar …

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Tú Commands in Spanish

Tú Commands in Spanish for Healthcare and Clinical Interactions with Young Patients

Medical Spanish Tú commands are a little bit tricky. When you work with kids in the clinical setting, you use commands all the time. Simple things like: “open your mouth”, “say ah”, “follow my finger”, etc are all commands. The tricky part of Tú commands in Spanish is that the affirmative (+) command is formed …

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Usted Commands

Usted Commands for Medical Spanish in the Clinic

Giving instructions, suggestions and requesting things is a daily aspect of working with patients. In order to say something like: “sit down, please”, “follow me”, “wait here for a moment”, “breathe deeply”, “breathe normal”; you have to use the command form in Spanish. So in this free Medical Spanish lesson, you will learn how to …

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Hace cuanto & cuanto tiempo hace que

2 Medical Spanish Ways To Say “For How Long” & “How Long Ago” in Spanish

In this free Medical Spanish lesson you will learn: How to use “¿Cuánto tiempo hace que… ?” and “¿Hace cuánto que…?” Examples in the clinical setting to start using these phrases Here is the “For How Long” and “How Long Ago” in Spanish lesson that I taught on YouTube and to our Facebook group: Download the …

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Medical Spanish Transition Words

36 Medical Spanish Transition Words to Use in The Clinical Setting

In this free Medical Spanish lesson you will learn how 36 Medical Spanish Transition Words Notes TODAY: Palabras de transición para español médico. In this free Medical lesson you will learn: What is a transition word Types of transition words Examples to be used in the clinical setting Here is the 36 Medical Spanish Transition …

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