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    Hi,i just want to know if i speak spanish well,does it give me an upper hand during interview for a residency program?

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    I imagine it depends on which part of the country you are talking about, but it is probably viewed as an asset in many cases.
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    i've already talked to a few texas programs, with the same question, and it is definately an advantage.

    sometimes 50% of the patients coming in are spanish speaking (often that's all they speak), so you have to wait on the phone for an AT&T translator, which takes double the time.

    nice just to be able to speak to them directly anyway. they will get overall better treatment if you can communicate to them, as opposed to through someone else.

    a classmate of mine had an experience where a spanish speaking guy (up there on the east coast) tried to seek treatment at several different hospitals, with not a lot of spanish speaking docs around, they all just blew the guy off... she, just being a spanish speaking med student, from the history (and later the other workup) discovered he had ulcerative colitis.

    i think most importantly, you can make a difference wherever you go, b/c no matter where it is, there will be some "spanish speaking only" patients.

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