One of the problems I experience when teaching medical personnel (nurses and doctors) is the choice of resources. On the one hand, physicians need to learn to speak the language (i.e., the materials they use have to be connected with everyday vocabulary). On the other hand, the curriculum for medical doctors, just as many other professionals learning the language as an asset to their job, must include not only general information, but specific materials for medical professionals as well. Below are some resources that I found useful for the doctors I have taught, and I hope they will be helpful to every doctor who is making efforts to learn English.
- Intensive Content for your Health: this is a website that contains thousands of videos on various health issues and hospital vocabulary.
- Doctor Secrets: this website is one of the most exhaustive resources in various areas of medicine, from medical trivia and to biological structures and anatomical parts. The only downside I see in this resource is the lack of media resources. You can read a lot, but you can't hear the pronunciation.
- Hospital English: This is an excellent growing resource bank for anyone trying to get quality materials (with audio recordings) for FREE! The disadvantage of it is that it is still growing, and I hope that in the future it will be expanded!
- Voice of America: Medical English: Voice of America is a great resource for anyone learning general English. However, the resource I have linked here contains a wealth of articles on a variety of medical topics with the recording attached to each article. It is a great resource for Intermediate students as the texts are more challenging and lengthy. At the same time, the speed of recordings is a little slower than natural which allows the students to adjust to the way English sounds.
- Doctor Secrets (blog): This is just a blog with fun notes by a medical professional. Largely entertaining, this reading contains rich conversational vocabulary on the medical topics of one's everyday life. One of its relatively recent blog entries I read was on how true-to-life medical TV shows are. You can read about it here.
- Wall Street Journal: Health Blog: This is an excellent source for medical students whose English is advanced. The materials this blog comprises are mainly general information about healthcare issues in America. Thus, it can be helpful to those who enjoy studying the way hospitals work overseas. Unfortunately, it does not have as much video and audio as it targets native speakers primarily. Yet, it can be a wonderful resource that will help doctors to stay up-to-date with the latest news in the world of health. Another great advantage of blogs is the ability to interact with the author and other readers. By leaving comments you can engage into a great discussion on certain issues. That will definitely help your writing.
- Kevin MD: That's another blog that was voted the best doctor's blog in 2008. I found this blog quite engaging because of interesting topics, discussion and very "readable" content. Great resource!