HAMSA – Hispanic American Medical Student Association
|Co-Presidents||Alysha Colon & Alexis Santos|
Welcome to the Hispanic American Medical Student Association!
The main goal of HAMSA is to foster the involvement of medical students with the Hispanic culture and latino patient population. Through HAMSA, we hope to address health disparities in the Spanish-speaking population in Alachua and provide better services in our Equal Access Clinics. In doing so, we hope to also empower our nation’s future physicians to meet the healthcare needs of underserved communities.
What to expect for the 2015-2016 school year
- Monthly medical Spanish lunch meetings
- Cultural competency workshops
- Health fairs for the migrant population
- Lessons on caring for the undocumented immigrant
- Translated resources in our Equal Access Clinics
- New medical Spanish electives
- Workshops to prepare for your medical mission trip
A Note on Medical Spanish
Sarah O’Connor and Cindy Medina are actively involved in integrating a medical Spanish program at the UF College of Medicine. If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns, please feel free to contact them.
Becoming a medical interpreter
The exam to become a medical interpreter consists of a ten-minute phone call that assesses your skills translating in a medical scenario. Taking the exam is free of charge, though individuals who pass will then have to pay $15 fee to receive a new Gator1 that identifies them as a certified interpreter. If interested, please fill out the Request for Interpreter Skills Test. Dr.Novak may act the role of your supervisor. Once complete, the form may be faxed to 352-265-0639.