Medical French Course


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Update 11 March 2020 – AFMS is sad to announce postponement of the April 2020 Medical French Course in Lille. Due to Covid-19, the Université Catholique de Lille has closed the building to external groups over 50 in number. Deprived of a venue and due to continuing regulations, we will postpone to spring 2022. Provisional dates below.  Full refund has been processed for 2020 delegates. Thanks for your understanding. Dr Zara Bieler, Course Organiser.

28th Residential Weekend Course in Medical French

8th-10th April 2022, Faculté de Médecine, Université Catholique de Lille, France

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There are potentially many opportunities for British doctors to practise medicine in French – but only if they can communicate with their patients and colleagues.

This course is now in its twenty-eighth year.  The course venue became Lille, France, as a celebration of the silver anniversary in 2017.  Delegates have the opportunity to be immersed in French during meals and free time and to experience the beautiful centre of ‘vieux’ Lille.  This course provides an invaluable foundation for those planning to work or undertake student electives in French-speaking countries, or to work with organisations such as Médecins sans Frontières. The course attracts students studying Tropical Medicine and we are proud of our link with Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Our main aim is to provide an essential French medical vocabulary and the confidence to use it, thus broadening options for working in medicine with French speaking communities throughout the world.

 Format of the Course

The teaching programme has been designed specifically by linguists, doctors and educational experts in Britain and France. Sessions are in small groups of six to eight and led by experienced French speakers who are all doctors. The content focuses on everyday communicating in a clinical setting. Throughout the weekend, all participants are encouraged to speak and discuss so that they can build up their confidence. We get you TALKING!

A valuable part of the course is networking with those who have first hand experience of working as medics in French. We also offer a choice of workshops during the weekend to allow delegates to choose topics to explore in more depth.

An extensive course handbook containing key vocabulary and phrases will be sent out in the month prior to the course. You aren’t expected to learn this, but it’s helpful to read through the introductory chapters in advance.

NEWSFLASH – students attending the 2022 Medical French Course will have the chance to win a fully funded place at the AFMS-AMFB Annual Conference in Autumn 2022 in Strasbourg.

How well do you have to speak French?

The course is specifically designed to accommodate all levels of linguistic expertise, from rudimentary to fluent. Most participants have studied French to at least “O”-Level/GCSE standard (generally within the last few decades). You are asked to complete a short and painless questionnaire to help us in grouping together people of similar French–speaking ability. The course has PGEA approval for 9 hours. It has also been approved by the Regional Postgraduate Dean, and may therefore be eligible for study leave and funding at the discretion of local Clinical Tutors.

Come and join us for a fun hard work, hard play weekend.  Medicine in French, just have a go!

Testimonial from a 2019 delegate – DR Bernard P. Chang, M.D., Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, New York

 Feedback from Delegates

  • Really enjoyed the course. Lovely to spend the weekend with others with so much enthusiasm and interesting stories and experiences.
  • Exceeded my expectations. I had not appreciated the value of meeting others and making connections.
  • Workshops were great, more please!
  • Excellent organisation, high standard of teaching, good resources and help given but most importantly very friendly.
  • Groups are a good size, one weekend is a perfect amount of time.
  • Great opportunities to find out about training and elective experiences in France.
  • All tutors were excellent and brought different skills and experiences.
  • Brilliant teaching, experienced tutors, relaxed environment.
  • I would definitely recommend it to others. Beyond my expectations.

The course fees include en suite accommodation for two nights, all meals including a gala dinner on the Saturday evening and a comprehensive course handbook covering general vocabulary, the systems of the body, primary care, medical emergencies, prescribing, etc.

2022 Prices estimate based on single room en suite accommodation:

Students  £330

FY1 and FY2 £515

Doctors and other professionals £625

Early bird discount of £30 discount for doctors and FY1/2 who book and pay prior to January 31 2022

The 2022 course has places for 30 doctors and 30 students. Recent courses were heavily over-subscribed; early application is advised. Booking will open in September 2021. 

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For registration or further information, contact:

Christine Greenwood, School of Clinical Sciences, Clinical Sciences Centre,

University Hospital Aintree, Longmoor Lane, Liverpool L9 7AL.

 email: c.greenwood@liverpool.ac.uk