Sunday, September 6, 2015

Doctors May Overrate Their Foreign Language Skills

I'm sure some people reading this may think that doctors overrate their skills in general.   While possible, I think this also reflects that doctors, when listing their foreign languages, usually don't describe their proficiency in such languages.  Indeed, many doctors who attend medical schools in foreign countries like China list their only language as English!  I think doctors, whether in private practice or in hospitals, should list all of their languages along with their skill level, possibly with a description of their experience in that language.  This will better enable foreign patients to determine if that doctor is adequate for them.  Again, my new website, www.mylanguagedoc.com, allows patients to search for doctors by language.  Doctors may include a description of their practice in which they rate their foreign language skills.  Feel free to comment or ask any questions! 

From: http://www.cfah.org/hbns/2011/doctors-often-overrate-how-well-they-speak-a-second-language

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