Yale Resident Spanish Initiative

In conjunction with the Office of Interpreter Services and the Yale University Department of Spanish, we have developed a rigorous but flexible medical Spanish curriculum designed to improve communication with monolingual Spanish patients. This curriculum is open to all residents who have at least basic Spanish language proficiency. It is our goal that participants who complete the intermediate course will continue through to the advanced course in the following year.

Learning Objectives/Goals for the course:

  1. Expand general vocabulary and comfort utilizing medical Spanish
  2. Enhance cultural competency for providing appropriate medical care and education to Spanish-speaking patients 

At completion of the YRSI curriculum, a certificate of participation will be awarded to each resident and given to their program director to be added into their file, for the purpose of future career development.

Class sizes are, as always, limited in order to provide participants with the most meaningful language-learning experience possible. As part of the application, please be specific when explaining your interest in this class. Remember, there are many people who would like to take this course. Please only apply if you truly feel you can stay committed to the course. Additionally, as practice and feedback are integral to learning a new language, you will be assigned a YRSI tutor who you will be expected to meet with at least 4-6 times throughout the year to review and practice the material. Keep in mind -- this is primarily a self-driven course; the more you put in, the more you will gain!


Faculty Director

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine (General Medicine)

Associate Director, Yale Cystic Fibrosis Adult Program

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Associate Director, Yale Combined Med-Peds Residency Program

Director of Clinical Skills, Yale School of Medicine

Faculty Advisor, Yale Resident Spanish-language Initiative

Resident Int Med Education

Resident Director for the Yale Resident Spanish Initiative

Past Resident Directors

  • Kristen Moyer, MD
  • Peter Moyer, MD
  • Sauda Bholat, MD
  • Sarah Gottfried, MD
  • Avis Chatterjee, MD: Founder