FRENCH LANGUAGE APPLIED TO MEDICINE
Who are the medical French lessons designed for ?
Perhaps, you don’t have time to attend a school to take lessons in medical French. Perhaps you would like to have personalised French lessons online to work on specific contents related to medicine. Or perhaps you would like to practise orally to develop your fluency while simulating a wide range of interactions in French between a doctor and a patient.
You are a doctor, a house physician, a specialist or a medical student and you want to study French to be able to communicate during an internship in a French hospital or acquire oral and written skills in French so that you can practise medicine in France or a francophone country.
Whatever the reason may be, your teacher can help you to achieve your specific goals in the area of medical French.
The medical French lessons start from the B1/B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Please refer to the self-assessment grid for more information :
If you have not yet reached B1 level, please refer to the menu entitled “General French courses” and consider taking general French lessons to reach B1 level before starting the medical French course.
How can your teacher help you develop your oral fluency and ability to communicate in the medical area?
Each medical French lesson is designed to help you develop the four skills : listening, speaking, reading and writing with a special focus on oral skills, which are the skills you most need when practising medicine. During our lessons, your teacher will enable you to improve your oral skills by roleplaying common interactions between a doctor and his/her patient and simulating a wide range of other interactions. In order to improve your reading and comprehension skills, you will also study leaflets for medicinal products, medical papers, medical research articles in French, documents on the national health service’s website, and other relevant documents suited to your specific needs and medical speciality.
Please refer to the overview programmes, which are outlined below.
PROGRAMME OVERVIEW OF MEDICAL FRENCH FOR DOCTORS WHO WISH TO WORK IN A HOSPITAL IN FRANCE OR A FRANCOPHONE COUNTRY :
All the contents of the medical French course can be adapted to your needs and expectations: you can follow the whole course or only part of it according to your aims. The duration of the whole course ranges from 100 to 120 hours, depending on your entry level.
Module 1: Discovering the French medical system, medical specialities and hospital services.
Module 2: Getting to know the health-care team in a hospital.
Module 3: Questioning a patient.
Module 4: Examining a patient and explaining what type of medical examination will be carried out.
Module 5: Giving instructions to a member of the health care team and receiving news about a patient.
Module 6: Writing a clinical observation and consulting a senior doctor to obtain advice.
Module 7: Collecting the results of biological examinations and understanding medical data.
Module 8: Visiting patients in a department with a para-medical team and presenting a serious medical case to a senior doctor.
Module 9: Prescribing a treatment and explaining a prescription to a patient.
Module 10: Discharging a patient from hospital and writing a medical report.
Module 11: Arranging an appointment for an examination or medical consultation.
Module 12: Welcoming and giving information to a patient’s family.
Module 13: Making an oral presentation during a staff meeting and discussing a medical article.
Module 14: Discussing a patient’s case with a student.
Module 15: Changing shifts with the on-call physician at hospital.
PROGRAMME OVERVIEW FOR DOCTORS WHO WISH TO WORK AS GENERAL PRACTIONERS ON AN INDEPENDENT BASIS
Each medical French lesson and course module can be personalised and adapted to your specific needs.
Module 1: Getting to know the French medical system and the national insurance health system.
Module 2: Questioning a patient.
Module 3: Examining a patient.
Module 4: Prescribing a treatment and explaining a prescription to a patient.
Module 5: Writing a letter to a specialist to request his advice.
Module 6: Answering patient’s questions and communicating complex medical matters in layman’s terms.
Module 7: Alerting a patient to the risks of diseases and high-risk behaviours. Formulating recommendations.
If you would like further information about the French medical programmes, please contact me by email.