The Bernard J. Malis Memorial Lectureship in Humanities

The Department of Humanities at University of the Sciences presents the 2018 Bernard J. Malis Memorial Lectureship in Humanities:

Linguistic Competency in Medicine: Language, Culture, and Communication

Pilar Ortegaby Pilar Ortega, MD
Emergency Physician, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago

Thursday, November 29, 2018
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Griffith Hall, Lecture Hall A

Increasingly, scholars and clinicians recognize improved communication in medical care—physicians and patients speaking the same language—as an important factor in patient and provider satisfaction, quality of care, decreased medical error, and improved patient outcomes. Although the U.S. is among the top five nations with Spanish speakers, we have neither standardized or incentivized physician second language acquisition. Dr. Ortega will discuss her approach to cultural and linguistic competency in medicine, with a focus on a new initiative for standardizing Medical Spanish education in the U.S. through interdisciplinary, inter-institutional, and international collaborations. Dr. Ortega's approach calls for a reframing of linguistic diversity and multilingualism in medical education as a necessary step in achieving excellence and quality assurance in medical care.

Free and open to the public

The Bernard J. Malis Memorial Lectureship in Humanities was endowed by Bernard Malis, who graduated from PCPS in 1944 with a BS in pharmacy and in 1947 with an MS in pharmacy. He was a consultant in pharmacology and public health, and was chair of the Philadelphia chapter of the Explorers Club. In 1989, Malis was elected a fellow of Royal Society of Arts.

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