Medical English


It is vitally important that healthcare professionals in English speaking countries can effectively and empathetically communicate with colleagues and patients in a wide variety of medical situations.  This course aims to provide participants with practical language skills, so they can 1) accurately elicit patient histories, 2) present and discuss diagnoses and prognoses, 3) advise patients on appropriate treatment plans, 4) present visual information to colleagues and patients in a clear and compelling manner, 5) write grammatically accurate patient histories, medical reports and case studies, and 6) communicate empathetically with patients in difficult situations.  In this highly interactive course, participants will acquire essential speaking, listening and writing skills through group work, practical exercises and roleplays. The aim of this course is to enhance and consolidate participants’ comprehension of Medical English and to provide them with practical language strategies, which they can use to communicate effectively and empathetically in a variety of important medical contexts.



  • The definition, spelling, and pronunciation of specialised medical terminology
  • The terminology of examination procedures and basic examination positions
  • The identification, spelling, and pronunciation of medical abbreviations
  • The interpretation and explanation of diagnoses and prognoses
  • The use of conditional language in medical situations to 1) make suggestions, 2) give advice, and 3) talk about possible and / or probable medical outcomes
  • Intensive and extensive listening strategies to optimise oral comprehension
  • The formation of questions to elicit patient history and / or descriptions of symptoms
  • The required grammar structures and style conventions for writing clear and concise medical reports, patient histories or case-studies
  • The presentation of visual information: medical diagrams / graphs / X-rays / MRIs
  • The enhancement and utilization of strategies for empathetically communicating with patients


  • Communicate effectively with colleagues and patients about medical procedures, practices and treatment plans
  • Elicit, record and interpret patient history
  • Advise patients about appropriate treatment plans
  • Present complex visual information to colleagues and patients (diagrams / graphs / X-rays / MRIs)
  • Communicate empathetically with patients about diagnoses and prognoses


  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Psychiatric nurses
  • Nursing assistants
  • Midwives
  • Dentists
  • Dental Assistants
  • Care Workers
  • Physiotherapists
  • Homeopathic doctors
  • Pharmacists
  • Medical Students