Medical French Weekend

23rd Residential Weekend Course in Medical French

27th – 29th March 2015, Conference Park, University of Warwick

Aims of the Course

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

This Course, now in its twenty-third year, 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. Our main aim is to provide an essential medical vocabulary and the confidence to use it.
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 and led by experienced French speakers and teachers, including 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.

An extensive Course Handbook containing key vocabulary and phrases will be sent out in December. You aren’t expected to learn this, but it’s helpful to read through the introductory chapters in advance.
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.
Example timetable

17:00 – 19:00 Registration

19:00 – 19:30 Introduction (plenary)

19:30 – 20:00 Conversation and orientation (groups)

20:30 Dinner and conversation to continue in Bar

09:00 – 11:00 }

11:30 – 13:00 } Topics/conversation

14:00 – 15:00 } (groups)

15:30 – 17:00 }

Talks followed by Course Dinner
Journée francophone!

10:00 – 11:00 Case presentation and conversation

11:30 – 13:00 Workshops

13:00 – 13:30 Feedback

13:30 – 15:00 Buffet (anglais interdit!)

15:00: Course ends
Topics to be covered include:

How to take a history and examine a patient in French

How to survive on ward rounds and in clinics

Talking to patients, relatives and colleagues

How to find your way around a French hospital (including bleeps, phones, labs, etc.)

Investigations: ECG, X-rays, blood tests, etc. (how to request, chase up, interpret and talk about them)

Practical procedures, operations and emergencies