English in Medicine

The course is designed for students and staff in the medical and nursing fields who wish to improve their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills for everyday medical and academic settings.

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  • read medical texts with the help of a dictionary;
  • give straightforward consultations in English;
  • write brief patient history and consultation notes;
  • compose an abstract for a talk;
  • deliver short oral presentations.

The course is based on the set book supplemented by additional reading materials with a medical theme. Questions regarding vocabulary and text organisation will be answered mainly by e-mail, allowing a maximum amount of time in class to develop speaking and writing skills through discussions based on the texts, role plays, presentations and summaries. Grammar practice will be possible on an individual basis as needed. Course topics will be chosen with the participants. Each participant will have to make a presentation on a medical subject and be prepared to deal with questions from the floor on that theme.

Entry requirement: min. 2 semesters of medicine or health sciences.   
Further information:
Course level:
B2 [more]
Andrew Brown [more]
Monday, 18h15-19h45
Course period:
25.09.2017 - 11.12.2017 (Herbstsemester 2017)
Credit points:
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Certificate of attendance:
In order to receive a certificate of attendance (available on request) for this course, you are not allowed to be absent more than maximum two times.
± 120 minutes / week
Course materials:
"Good Practice - Communication Skills in English for the Medical Practitioner", Cambridge,
ISBN: 978-0-521-75590-0.
Further details will be found in the course confirmation. Please do not acquire the course materials before then.
Course fee:
CHF 288 plus CHF 3 materials costs (for students and PhD candidates)
CHF 576 plus CHF 3 materials costs (for University employees)
Registration deadline:
17.05.2017 - 02.10.2017
This course requires either an obligatory computer placement test or completion of a preceding course.
If you have not attended a preceding course, a computer placement test has to be taken prior to registration.
Replacement date:
The supplementary replacement date for lessons that might not take place is: 02.12.2017 from 10h - 16h
Registration no longer possible
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