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    Language Question -- Fall 05 student

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    I heard a rumor that some classes require the students to know Spanish -- is this the local language of the Island and are all classes in English?

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    you need to know french patois.

    there is no spanish here, unless you wish to hang with the cubans.

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    miami

    Of course knowing a little Spanish in Miami would help as it is the prominent lanquage. Acyually you will think you are in aforeign country in parts of Miami more than you did in Dominica.
    When you become my age you will realize all of the hard work and studying was worth the effort.
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    NYC

    It's good to know spanish if you choose to do your clinical rotations in NYC. It's not absolutely necessary, but very helpful.

    There is a very high hispanic population there and many of the patients speak spanish and nothing but spanish. Ross has alot of clinical sites at hospitals which have large hispanic populations, so you have to get by somehow. (make friends with someone who speaks spanish and do many of your rotations with them, so you'll always have a translator handy!)

    For example, in my experience, there were 4 students rotating at a FP clinic in Brooklyn. Only 1 person knew spanish, and he wasn't from Ross. So when spanish patients were needed to be seen, he went to interview the patient, because the rest of us couldn't speak it.

    A slight disadvantage, perhaps.

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    Re: Language Question -- Fall 05 student

    Since you may still not be clear on this - Ross University is located on the island of Dominica. It is not a Mexican/Spanish country and they don't speak any Spanish there. The primary language of Dominica is English (with an interesting Caribbean and British accent). Most Dominicans also speak french patois but classes are not held in any language other than English. While knowing other langauages is always helpful in medicine, this is not more true at Ross than at ANY other medical school. Best of luck! Remember, you can search the Ross website at www.rossmed.edu for the answers to many questions such as this. Be careful about listing to rumors.

    MitchDC

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    I heard a rumor that some classes require the students to know Spanish -- is this the local language of the Island and are all classes in English?
    MitchDC/MD
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    Re: Language Question -- Fall 05 student

    Well, I'd suggest that you take a intense summer course in "Dominican". I wish I had because still to this day when Dominicans talk to me, somtimes I have no clue what they're saying still. Many times I've probably come off as rude because a Dominican would be talking to me but I wouldn't realize it because I didn't understand what they're saying.

    So, check out your local school and see if they offer that course, it might come in useful with your daily encounters here on Jurassic Park.

    Quote Originally Posted by blind_avatar
    I heard a rumor that some classes require the students to know Spanish -- is this the local language of the Island and are all classes in English?

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