English for Medical Professionals

English Courses and Seminars for Health Care Professionals

The University of Delaware ELI, a top provider of English language training for students and professionals, has teamed up with the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences and the UD Department of Theatre to offer this innovative new program for medical professionals.

The Medical English program offers:

  • Intensive language practice in the area of English for Medical Purposes, with an emphasis in building fluency for patient/professional interactions
  • Interactive application of terminology through simulations with debriefing by Medical professionals
  • Networking opportunities with US health care professionals
  • Seminars offered by Medical professionals on a range of topics
  • Visits to local health care offices and clinics

Learn more about the Medical English program:

English for Medical Professionals

Why Choose Delaware?

Location near world-renowned hospitals

The Delaware Valley and Mid-Atlantic region boasts a wealth of medical innovation and treatment opportunities in all fields of medicine. In fact, many of the worlds’ most renowned hospitals and treatment centers are within one to two hours’ drive from the University of Delaware.  These include Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Memorial Sloan Cancer Center in New York City, and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

The University of Delaware is located in Newark, Delaware — a beautiful, quiet town located only 2 hours from New York City and Washington DC, and 45 minutes from Philadelphia. Click here to learn more about our location.

Innovative medical research and training

The University of Delaware’s College of Health Sciences (CHS) is partnered with many renowned institutions advancing research and applications in biotechnology, physical therapy, pediatrics, cardiology and radiology to name a few. Participants will gain new insights into practices and research US colleagues are engaged in in the respective fields.

CHS has pioneered a training approach called Health Care Theatre which has been used with medical and nursing students as well as medical professionals. Health Care Theatre allows trainees to practice their skills with trained acting students to simulate real-life experience in patient doctor interactions.

Participants receive feedback from health care and communication specialists on interpersonal interactions, communication and therapeutic touch. The Medical English program incorporates this approach and add a linguistic component to the feedback session.

Click here to learn more about Health Care Theatre.


Overview of Courses and Activities

Medicine 4The Medical English Program courses provide an interactive learning environment with problem-solving activities and role playing.

Develop Medical English vocabulary and communication skills

The in-class component focuses on:

  • The mastery of specific medical vocabulary and idioms
  • Improvement in the ability to communicate in English in a hospital or clinical setting with patients and colleagues

Make professional presentations

Participants will also practice making professional presentations,  such as those required at international conferences, followed by discussions and question/answer sessions with their peers. Presentations will be videotaped for subsequent self-analysis and instructor feedback.

Understand medical journals

Authentic readings medical journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) will be used to discuss advances in research depending on participants’ field of interest.

Study with a private tutor

In addition, participants will work one-on-one with a trained tutor to address specific individual needs and further deepen their communication skills in their professional field.

Additional Topics

Additional topics may include:

  • Patient interviews
  • Discussing symptoms
  • Dealing with sensitive issues
  • Medical history and note-taking
  • Medication and records
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Interpreting medical statistics in relation to controversial case studies
  • Operating instructions and reading manuals and charts


Medicine 1Professional Networking Meetings and On-site Presentations

The following site visits and networking opportunities may be included in the program. Others may be added, depending on availability and participant interest.

1. The Delaware Health Sciences Alliance

The Alliance is a powerful platform to accelerate interdisciplinary and translational research and education, which will change the lives of people today through its impact on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. Several key initiatives have been created to speed the translation of “bench to bedside” solutions.

For more information about the DHSA, visit www.delawarehsa.org.

2. The Christiana Care Health System

Christiana Care is a top-rated, regional health care system celebrating 100 years of experience in postgraduate medical education, a high-caliber faculty, and state-of-the-art facilities. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, Christiana Care is one of the country’s largest health care providers, ranking 22nd in the nation for hospital admissions. It is also a major teaching hospital with two campuses and more than 250 Medical-Dental residents and fellows.

For more information about Christiana Care, visit www.christianacare.org.

3. The Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Institute

The Nemours pediatric orthopedic hospital in Wilmington, Delaware opened its doors in 1940. Today, Nemours has grown to become one of the nation’s largest integrated pediatric health systems, providing hospital- and clinic-based specialty care, primary care, prevention and health information services, and research and medical education programs aimed at improving the lives of children and families throughout the Delaware Valley and in Florida.

For more information about the Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Institute, visit http://www.nemours.org/locations/nemours-dupont.html.

4. The College of Health Sciences at the University of Delaware

Located on the University of Delaware’s STAR Campus, the College of Health Sciences boasts a Nurse Managed Health Center and a Physical Therapy clinic equipped with state-of-the-art treatment equipment and technologies where physical therapists, students, and researchers work together to implement cutting-edge PT treatment to patients who demand high-quality healthcare.

The University of Delaware’s Department of Physical Therapy is ranked #5 in the United States!

5. Fraunhofer USA Center for Molecular Biotechnology

The Fraunhofer USA Center for Molecular Biotechnology (FhCMB) is a unique institution conducting translational research in the area of pharmaceutical biotechnology, utilizing cutting-edge technologies to advance products for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases and autoimmune disorders.

Lead scientists at the Center have published widely on recombinant protein production and are inventors on key enabling patents.


For more information about FhCMB, visit www.fraunhofer.org/MolecularBiotechnology.

Experience American Culture

The four-week program includes escorted excursions to Washington, DC and Philadelphia and New York City–all within a one to two hours’ drive.

Participants may opt to organize additional tours to nearby Baltimore, the outlets in Lancaster and Rehoboth beach or Atlantic City. ELI staff will assist participants with making arrangements.

Housing and Meals

Participants can be housed in one of the following facilities (depending on availability):

Housing Option Description Price
The INNternationale An “inn” style of housing just next to the central UD campus with many housing formats and prices. Price range: $520 – $940
Homestay Live with an American family. Participants will have a private bedroom. Several plans include meals. Price range: $640 – $1,044
Baymont Inn & Suites Live in this hotel that is conveniently located across the street from the UD campus. Reservations include Wi-Fi internet access and breakfast, and rooms typically contain full-sized or queen-sized beds. Approximately $1,350 ($50 per night)

Meals: Participants who choose to live in a housing option that does not include meals should budget approximately US$ 400 for food (three meals per day for 4 weeks). The homestay option can include meals; see homestay web page for details. The ELI can also arrange for the purchase of an Off-Campus Meal Plan for participants.

Medicine 3Program Dates

The next Medical English program dates are still to-be-determined.


2016-2017 pricing will be posted soon. (Below is the price for 2015 to show an estimate)

Item Price
Tuition* US$ 3,856
Room and food (estimate)** 1,500
Books (estimate) 150
Health insurance 125
Student Health Clinic Fee 65
Total US$ 5,696

*Tuition price includes all excursions, as well as transportation from the Philadelphia International Airport to the participant’s housing destination in Delaware.

**Choose from one of our housing options listed above.

Prices are in US dollars and are subject to change without notice.

Ask a Question

If you have a question about the Medical English Program, please contact Baerbel Schumacher, ELI Special Programs Manager, at baerbel@udel.edu.

Admissions Requirements

All program participants must be medical/health care professionals (ex: doctor, nurse, medical researcher) or medical/health care students.

In order to be successful in this program, the participant must have at least a “high-intermediate level” of English (the equivalent to a Level IV in the ELI’s Intensive English Program). Applicants are not required to take an English exam; however, if the course proves to be too difficult, the participant may be asked to change to the Intensive English Program.

Application Instructions:

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Pay the application fee of $100 with a credit card using our secure online payment system
  3. Submit the required documents by email (ud-eli@udel.edu) or by fax (+1-302-831-6765):
    • a copy of your passport
    • a copy of your bank statement showing at least US$ 5,696 (or the equivalent in your home country’s currency); the bank statement must be written in English

You will receive a response by email within 1-2 business days.

If you have any questions about the admissions process, contact ud-eli@udel.edu.

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