If you have not noticed I think the ability to speak Spanish is an important skill for any medical provider. Many people may ask why?  The Spanish speaking population in this country is very large!!! According to 2009 American Community Survey (From the U.S. Census Bureau) there were 35 million US residents age 5 and older who spoke Spanish at home. (1) So when one of these people is feeling sick or becomes injured, what language is going to be most comfortable for them to speak?  Probably the one they speak the most at home! 

I would like to encourage of those reading this that are in school or can easily take classes to challenge yourself and take a Spanish class or two, or three or as many as you can.  If you do not have access to Spanish classes I have listed some resources below.

(1) Profile America Facts for Features. United States Census Bureau website. Available at: Accessed June 6, 2013.