Latinx Health Pathway

People holding one large flag made up of different Latinx and Hispanic flags

The Latinx Health Pathway (LHP) provides a number of educational opportunities and experiences to medical students that will better prepare them to provide culturally responsive care for the Hispanic population. A number of different teaching methods are used: didactics, modules on-line, problem-based learning experiences, small group discussions, and mentoring opportunities with Hispanic faculty or non-Hispanic faculty who have an expertise in providing culturally responsive care to Hispanics. Elective clerkship rotations in clinic sites throughout WWAMI that specifically care for a large Hispanic population will also be available for students to participate in.

Students will be provided a number of options to learn or improve their Spanish-speaking skills: on-line Spanish language classes; Spanish language course provided by local community colleges and the UW; on-line tutorials; and immersion experiences in Central America. Those students who have completed all of the LHP requirements will be awarded a Certificate of Completion at graduation and will be recognized by the Dean of the School of Medicine for their accomplishment.

Dr. Daniel Cabrera is the Director of the LHP. Dr. Cabrera is a hospitalist at Harborview Medical Center in the UW Department of General Internal Medicine. His practice involves the inpatient medical care of adults as well as serving as a medical consultant for surgical patients.


The Hispanic community is one of the most under served minority groups in WWAMI region and across the U.S. The Latinx Health Pathway (LHP) was developed to provide our medical students at the University of Washington with the necessary training and experiences to make them better practitioners in urban and rural Hispanic communities.

Learning Goals and Objectives

  • Prepare both Hispanic and non-Hispanic medical students how to provide cultural-responsive care to Hispanic communities
  • Enhance curriculum on Hispanic health care issues and disparities at the University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Encourage research on Hispanic health issues and disparities

Pathway Requirements Overview


Component 1: Non-Clinical Selectives and Online Modules

  1. MED 557 Hispanic Health and Health Care Disparities (1 credit)
    Please see Time Schedule
  2. Complete one other non-clinical CEDI elective or an elective with content pertinent to Latinx health issues.  Examples of accepted classes include:
    • FAMED 556 Spanish for The Health Professional
    • FAMED 561 LGBTQ Health and Healthcare Disparities
    • CONJ 570 Clinical Management of the Transgender Patient
    • FAMED 525 African American Health And Healthcare Disparities
    • UCONJ 530 Indian Health Issues: Past, Present and Future
    • SPH 589 Racism and Public Health
    • UCONJ 624 Health Equity and Community Organizing
    • G H 514 Global Social Determinants of Health
    • CONJ 515 Interdisciplinary Health and Human Service Delivery in Rural Communities
    • ENVH 546 Pesticides and Public Health
    • PEDS 530 Homeless Youth and Their Medical Care

If you would like another course to be considered for completion of the second requirement, please contact the LHP Director.

3. Online Modules. Must complete instructional modules with their associated tests, preferably before the beginning of your clinical phase.

Component 2: Clinical Experience

  1. Preceptorship (1st or 2nd year) – this must take place in a clinic site that provides care for a large Hispanic population; expectation is a minimum of 6 weeks (one morning/week), or R/UOP (between 1st & 2nd year) – this must take place in either a rural or urban underserved practice site that provides care for a large Hispanic population; expectation is a minimum of 4 weeks immersion. It is preferred that students complete their project in a Latinx community within the United States (global health experiences must have prior approval by the LHP director).
  2. Core Clerkship – at least 1 core clerkship located at a site that provides care for a large Hispanic population.  Below are some examples of rotations that meet this requirement. If you wish another clerkship to be considered for completion of this requirement please contact the LHP Director.
  3. FAMED 556 Spanish for The Health Professional
    • FAMED 658 – SeaMar Community Health Clinic – Seattle, WA
    • FAMED 660 – Central Washington Family Medicine – Yakima, WA
    • FAMED 636 – Wenatchee Valley Medical Center – Wenatchee, WA
    • FAMED 638 – Othello Family Clinic – Othello, WA
    • FAMED 659 – Country Doc – Seattle, WA
    • OB-GYN 698-P – Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital – Yakima, WA
    • OB-GYN 698-P – OB/Gyn Associates, PA – Caldwell, ID
    • Neurology 665-P – Wenatchee Valley Medical Center – Wenatchee, WA
    • Neurology 665-P – Yakima Regional Medical Center – Yakima, WA
    • Med 665-P – Wenatchee Valley Medical Center – Wenatchee, WA
    • Elective Clerkship: Complete a total of at least six weeks of elective clerkship rotations in a clinic setting that cares for a large Hispanic population. Examples include: FAMED 670, FAMED 671 and MEDEX 638.

Component 3: Independent Investigative Inquiry Project (III) / Scholarly Project

  • LHP students must complete their III / Scholarly project on an approved Hispanic health topic.
  • Your topic will need to be approved by the LHP Director.
  • Possible III/scholarly topics: asthma, cardiovascular disease disparities, health status, diabetes, breast cancer

Component 4: Conference Attendance

All candidates will be encouraged to attend at least one conference regarding Hispanic health – examples include but are not limited to:

Component 5: Community Service

All candidates are encouraged to join the Latino Medical Student Association and/or participate in their community service projects; or consider working with other organizations in the community that participate in community service projects within the Hispanic community such as the SeaMar Community Health ClinicsEl Centro de La RazaCHAPS, and Casa Latina.