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Medical Accent Reduction

medical accent reductionCorrect pronunciation; it could be the difference between life and death.

The number of international medical practitioners in the United States is steadily growing. Most have excellent English language skills, but there is a big difference between the language barrier and the accent barrier. If you are frequently asked to repeat yourself, you are a prime candidate for accent reduction.

“One of the most important decisions that I made after come to USA for residency and fellowship is to take class with Vireo Accent Reduction. I always used to have difficulty discussing important information with patients and their families, however, after undertaking accent reduction class it helped me tremendously. Patients and their families started understanding me better; my attending physician started becoming very satisfied with my performance. Not only that my patient satisfaction score is now in top percentile. It also helped me secure fellowship in hematology/oncology in one of the top NCI designated comprehensive cancer institute.”

Kaplan Medical Student

Why does it matter?

More than 65% of hospital deaths and injuries and 55% of medication errors are due to communication errors. (JCAHO, 2002) According to the Institute of Medicine, as many as 98,000 people die each year from medical errors.

Small nuances of pronunciation and intonation can change a ’15′ to a ’50′ or ‘breathing’ to ‘bleeding.’ These seemingly tiny differences can have serious consequences.

Patients and their families in stressful situations become even more anxious if they cannot understand the caregiver. If a misunderstanding does create a medical situation, expensive and career-affecting litigation can follow.

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. Do you feel comfortable speaking at a conference or presenting at a meeting right now? If not, Medical Accent Reduction may be right for you.

What can you do?

People born in the U.S. learn the American pattern of speech and common idiomatic phrases naturally from birth. However if you are a non-native speaker, learning these instinctive essentials doesn’t have to be a long process. At Vireo Accent Reduction we can substantially increase your ability to be understood. Obvious benefits for training include fewer errors in medications, clearer orders and intake information; more easily obtained medical releases; avoidance of medical or legal consequences and, better rapport in all situations. Call now for a free speech analysis so that we know how we can help you.

What You Can Expect:

  • Comprehensive speech assessments, before and after
  • Customized curriculum
  • Improvements on sounds, speech rhythm, syllable and word stress, intonation
  • Auditory discrimination techniques
  • Complete word production – the key to changing your accent!
  • Voice projection
  • American Speech Sounds for the Medical Profession CD-ROM and book
  • A better understanding of Medical Terminology
  • Binder of supplementary material
  • Final Report with % of change
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 50% guaranteed improvement with practice

We offer customized voice training and seminars for individuals and small groups. Classes can be on-site or online face-to-face over the Internet with WebEx™.

Class Format

  • Individuals (one-on-one)
  • 13 hours of training, 1 hour a week for 13 weeks
  • Groups (maximum of five students)
  • 26 hours of training, 2 hours a week for 13 weeks
  • Seminars (for medical students, nurses, association groups, medical facility personnel)
  • 2 – 6 hours

 

Contact us to find out more about the Medical Accent Reduction class.