Perhaps you don’t have time to take a medical French course in a language school. Perhaps you would like to have personalised medical French classes online to work on specific contents related to medicine. Or perhaps you would like to practise orally to develop your fluency while simulating a wide range of interactions in French between a doctor and a patient.
You are a doctor, a house physician, a specialist or a medical student and you want to study French to be able to communicate during an internship in a French hospital or acquire oral and written skills in French so that you can practise medicine in France or a francophone country. Whatever the reason may be, your teacher can help you to achieve your specific goals in the area of medical French. The medical French course online starts from the B1/B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Please note that the online medical French course can be adapted to suit the specific needs of paramedical professionals, veterinarians, dentists, pharmacists, therapists or other health-care workers.
If you have not yet reached B1 level, please refer to the menu entitled “General French classes” and consider taking general French lessons to reach B1 level before starting the medical French course. Please click on the following link to get further information about general French classes.
Each medical French class online is designed to help you develop the four skills : listening, speaking, reading and writing with a special focus on oral skills, which are the skills you most need when practising medicine. During your lessons, your teacher will enable you to improve your oral skills by role-playing common interactions between a doctor and his/her patient and simulating a wide range of other interactions. In order to improve your reading and comprehension skills, you will also study leaflets for medicinal products, medical papers, medical research articles in French, documents on the national health service’s website, and other relevant documents suited to your specific needs and medical speciality.
Discovering the French medical system, medical specialities and hospital services.
Getting to know the health-care team in a hospital.
Questioning a patient.
Examining a patient and explaining what type of medical examination will be carried out.
Giving instructions to a member of the health care team and receiving news about a patient.
Writing a clinical observation and consulting a senior doctor to obtain advice.
Collecting the results of biological examinations and understanding medical data.
Visiting patients in a department with a para-medical team and presenting a serious medical case to a senior doctor.
Prescribing a treatment and explaining a prescription to a patient.
Discharging a patient from hospital and writing a medical report.
Arranging an appointment for an examination or medical consultation.
Welcoming and giving information to a patient’s family.
Making an oral presentation during a staff meeting and discussing a medical article.
Discussing a patient’s case with a student.
Changing shifts with the on-call physician at hospital.
Getting to know the French medical system and the national insurance health system.
Examining a patient.
Writing a letter to a specialist to request his advice.
Answering patient’s questions and communicating complex medical matters in layman’s terms.
Alerting a patient to the risks of diseases and high-risk behaviours. Formulating recommendations.
If you would like to improve your use of verb tenses in a medical context, you could read my article that is dedicated to the most common tenses used in medical French.
You could use the online library offered by the Canadian government to discover the best medical resources in French.
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