Basic Medical English Course for Healthcare Students and Medical Professionals


A free Medical English course, sponsored by the American Center Hanoi, which will help healthcare students and medical professionals: 

– To develop in-depth knowledge of English medical terminology, useful medical terms, and usage in clinical settings.

– To develop communication skills and create self-confidence in interaction with English-speaking patients and colleagues.

– To prepare the background for advancing to the intermediate level of Medical English course.

Course duration: 18 weeks, Saturday starting Nov 5, 2022

Time: 9:00 – 11:00 A.M.

Format: Online via Zoom

Eligible participants

  • Who: (a) First to fourth-year medical students; (b) nursing students; (c) nurses who work in facility having services to English-speaking patients; (d) medical doctors who have no/little background in medical English.
  • English level: CEFR B1 and B2, equivalent to IELTS 4.0-6.0, or TOEFL iBT 42-94.

Course Instructors:

  • Huynh Wynn Tran, MD, FACP. Assist. Professor of Internal Medicine and Rheumatology, CNU and Western University
  • Dinh-Van Nguyen, BScN (Canada), MD (Vietnam). Care for Carling Clinic, Ottawa (retired)
  • Minh Do,  MD, Attending Physician, Center for Geriatric Care and Healthy Aging – Parkland Health.
  • Khuyen Do, MD, Advanced Cardiology, Houston, TX
  • Sarah Trinh, MD, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellow, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
  • Hung Vo, MD, Rheumatology Fellow, Boston Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Nguyen Pham, MD, PGY2. Family Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • Nguyen Nguyen, MD, PGY2. Palmetto General Hospital, Florida

Participants who attend 12/15 sessions and pass the tests will get a Certificate of Completion from the U.S. Embassy Hanoi.

Week 1

Session 1: GENERAL TERMS (Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4)

-Asking about health; Parts of the body; Human organs; Anatomical orientation

Week 2

Session 2: HEALTH PROFESSIONALS- SPECIALTIES (Chapters 5, 6, 7, 8)

-Medicine: Specialties and specialists

-Allied health: Nurse, PT, OT, ST, RT, Health technicians

Week 3

Session 3: SIGNS & SYMPTOMS & PE INSTRUCTIONS (Chapters 14, 47, 48, 49, 50, Appendix IV, Appendix V)

-Patient interview; Pain templates; Physical examination instructions

Week 4

Break (Thanksgiving)

Week 5


-Greek and Latin roots, prefixes, suffixes

Week 6

Session 5: CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM (Chapters 22, 23)

Week 7

Session 6: BLOOD & INFECTIONS (Chapters 15, 24)

Mid-term test 1 (multiple choice quiz)

Week 8 & Week 9

Break (Christmas and New Year)

Week 10

Session 7: THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM & E.N.T. (Chapters 19, 30)

Week 11

Session 8: THE G.I. & URINARY SYSTEMS (Chapters 20, 33)

Week 12

Break (Tet)

Week 13

Session 9: THE NERVOUS SYSTEM & SKIN (Chapters 26, 27, 31, 32)

Week 14

Session 10: ONCOLOGY (Chapters 28, 54)

-Breaking Bad News

Mid-term test 2 (multiple choice quiz)

Week 15

Session 11: GYNECOLOGY & ENDOCRINOLOGY (Chapters 21, 18)

Week 16

Session 12: PEDIATRICS (Chapter 17)

Week 17


Week 18

Session 14: SURGICAL TREATMENT (Chapter 41)


Session 15: March 11: Final examination (multiple choice quiz)


  • Handout lessons will be given before the class.
  • Textbook (loosely based): Eric Glendinning, Ron Howard. Professional English in Use (Medicine). Cambridge, 2007.
  • Reference book: Davi-Ellen Chabner. The Language of Medicine, 11th edition. Elsevier, 2017.

Registration here: