Medical school trains students to communicate with deaf
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Jan. 31, 2005
The University of California, San Diego, could be the first medical school to offer a program for first-and second-year medical students to learn American Sign Language, deaf culture, and cancer prevention and intervention skills geared toward the deaf community.
The Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center sponsors five medical students a year. These students use their elective courses doing such things as spending a month in an immersion sign language course at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., a university for the deaf, working with a sign language interpreter mentor, practicing with deaf patient simulators and developing independent projects on health care for the deaf.
Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2005/01/31/prbf0131.htm.