Medical Accent Reduction
It could be the difference between life and death.
The number of international medical practitioners in the U.S. is steadily
growing. Most have excellent English language skills. But there is a big difference
between a language barrier and an accent barrier. If you are frequently
asked to repeat yourself, you are a candidate for accent reduction.
Why does it matter?
- More than 65% of hospital deaths and injuries and 55% of medication errors
were due to communication factors. (JCAHO, 2002)
- As many as 98,000 people die each year from medical errors (Institute of
Small nuances of pronunciation and intonation can change a '15' to
a '50' or 'breathing' to 'bleeding' – examples
of differences that can kill or do serious injury.
Patients and their families in stressful situations become even more anxious
if they cannot understand the caregiver. And, if a misunderstanding does
create a medical situation, expensive and career-affecting litigation can follow.
But, there are more reasons for accent reduction than just the avoidance of
errors. Speaking so that you are easily understood can lead to professional
advancement and additional opportunities, such as speaking at conferences and
presenting at meetings. The inability to understand your pronunciation is uncomfortable
to patients and colleagues alike. And the necessity of repeating yourself is
frustrating to you.
So, what can you do?
People born in the U.S. learn the American pattern of speech and common idiomatic
phrases naturally from birth. But it doesn't have to be a long process.
At G.E.T. English Training we can substantially increase your
ability to be understood. Sign up for
our FREE initial
speech analysis for an evaluation so that we know how we can help you.
Obvious benefits for training include fewer errors in medications, orders
and intake information; more easily obtained medical releases; avoidance of
medical or legal consequences and, of course, better rapport in all situations.
We offer customized training for individuals and small groups as well as seminars.
Classes can be on-site or online face-to-face over the Internet.
What will you learn?
- A variety of topics are covered in our training, including:
in medical settings
- Differences between accent
and language issues
- What is accent reduction
and accent modification?
- Basics of pronunciation
- Basics of intonation
- Where to go from here?
What class is right for you?
- 12 hours of training, one hour a week for 12 weeks
of 5 students):
- 24 hours of training, two hours a week for 12 weeks
medical students, nurses, association groups, medical facility personnel):
- 2 - 6 hours
It doesn't matter where you are located, we are available through the
Internet for live training.
This is your opportunity to bring your English to another level! Call
for free initial speech analysis today 972.687.9005 or
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G.E.T. English Training was created in 2006 to provide quality accent
and English training to business and medical professionals. We currently
train individuals from around the world on-site, in our offices and live
internet training via WebEx™.