Medical English for Doctors


Our Medical English course is suitable for trained physicians, General Practitioners, Cardiologists, Dentists and students. Used by healthcare professionals in hospitals, governments,  universities and those self-studying all over the world, this course will give you deep technical English learning in a medical environment. With around 30 hours of online learning, spread over ten modules, you cover medical history, physical exams, medical procedures, in the OR, cardiology, dermatology and dentistry . You will develop and test your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills as well as finesse your grammar.

To get the most from this courses you need to ideally be C1 on the CEFR or level C on the CASAS scale. You should be able to understand a range of demanding and longer text and recognise implicit meanings. You’ll need to be able to express yourself fluently without much obvious searching for expression. You can use language flexibly and effective in professional and social situations.

Your Course

By the end of this course on Medical English you will have acquired the key skills in:

  • Master speaking skills that are specifically linked to working in a hospital environment
  • Develop your listening skills as you hear correct pronunciation and context of global medical terms
  • Finesse your reading skills as you read patient notes, technical documents and pharmacy case studies
  • Ensure your writing skills are honed, which will be critical in your key ahead
  • Grammar: Master the rules of grammar that will add structure and sense to all your English communications

Throughout the course you will cover the following topics

  • Getting around a hospital and medical school
  • In the ER, on the surgical ward and at the pharmacy
  •  Different medical procedures and tests
  • Cardiology
  • Dentistry
  • Dermatology and plastic surgery

The course includes:

  • 30 hours of on demand e-learning
  • Speech Training app to help refine your pronunciation
  • Vocabulary app to help with specific terminology
  • Three months unlimited access
  • Access from any platform or device anytime


Prior knowledge

This course is for any doctor, surgeon, trainee or practising professional who wants to master their English in a medical environment. A level of C1 on the CEFR or CASAC level C is what you should have achieved in your English studies. As you develop your career, there will be a constant requirement to not only refresh and update existing technical learning but also to develop new skills and ways of thinking and behaving.

Technical Skills

Whether you’re in production, distribution, sales, finance, human resources or management your technical skills will always need to keep up with the latest developments in technology and change. The learning for this will generally come from your peers, industry trends and specialised training.

New skills

However, as you move up in seniority through an organisation or become and entrepreneur, you will be faced with learning a much wider array of skills. You will need to learn how to be a generalist but with the ability to look at the whole of a business and how it all interlocks.

People Skills

Most importantly, you will need to master your own behaviours and character and emotional intelligence in order to influence, inspire and bring people along with your vision. Your career, personal and professional development should never stop, whether you are learning because of a company or professional body requirement or whether you are just wanting to grow.


Module One: Getting Around the Hospital

  • Speaking: Areas of a hospital. Medical insurance coverage.
  • Listening: A hospital open house. Planning welcoming remarks.
  • Reading: Brochure about the hospital departments. Information about the healthcare system.
  • Writing: Supporting letter. Insurance claim.
  • Grammar: Adjectives. Pronouns. Prepositions.
  • Module test

Module Two: At the Medical School

  • Speaking: Human embryonic stem cell research. Obesity. Present a case.
  • Listening: Teen issues. Smoking during pregnancy. Research results.
  • Reading: Patient exam notes. Epidemiology. Lecture notes on medical ethics.
  • Writing: Present a case study at a medical conference.
  • Grammar: Tag questions. Gerunds. Present simple. Adverbs. Quantifiers.
  • Module test

Module Three: In the ER – Medical History

  • Speaking: Ask a patient about their medication.
  • Listening: Medical history. Patient symptoms.
  • Reading: Patient admission reports. Emergency room report.
  • Writing: Discharge letter.
  • Grammar: Past simple. Reported speech. Present simple. Present continuous.
  • Module test

Module Four: In the ER – Physical Exam

  • Speaking: Negative prognosis. A referral. A death. Giving bad news.
  • Listening: A general examination. A mental state examination. Treatment of a disease condition.
  • Reading: A letter of referral. Patient report with PTSD.
  • Writing: Letter of referral. Parts of speech.
  • Grammar: Modals and semi-modals. Furutre simple. Nouns. Present Perfect.
  • Module test

Module Five: On the Surgical Ward

  • Speaking: The sterile field. Pre surgery routines.
  • Listening: An operating room and equipment. Surgical procedures.
  • Reading: Medical supplies catalogue. Inguinal herniorrhaphy and aortic valve surgery.
  • Writing: Surgical report.
  • Grammar: Prepositions. Reported speech. Possessive forms.
  • Module test

Module Six: Procedures and Tests

  • Speaking: Reassuring a patient about a CT scan. MRI procedure. Ultrasound.
  • Listening: Read an EEQ. ECG procedure. EEG procedure. Mammography & Themography procedures. X-ray.
  • Reading: Letter from a cardiology department. Patient diary. Theromography and mammography options. Ultrasound.
  • Writing: Appointment. Medical dictionary.
  • Grammar: Future be. Verbs. Adjectives. Adverbs. Conditionals.
  • Module test

Module Seven: At the Pharmacy

  • Speaking: Directions for medicating and adult and infant. Explaining medicines.
  • Listening: Recommending medicines. Prescriptions.
  • Reading: Prescription examples. Pharmaceutical abbreviations. Pain relief medication.
  • Writing: Letter to a drug company.
  • Grammar: Pronouns. Imperatives. Nouns. Infinitives.
  • Module test

Module Eight: Cardiology

  • Speaking: Tetraolgy of Fallot. Patient symptoms. Anticoagulation. Endocarditis. Coronary bypass. Hypertophic cardiomyopathy. Post bypass surgery. Systolic dysfunction.
  • Listening: Post surgery care. Test results.
  • Reading: Letter confirming tetralogy of Fallot. Patient report with diagnosis of cardiomyopathy. Patient report about coronary bypass surgery. Case study notes about myocardial infarctions.
  • Module test

Module Nine: Dentistry

Speaking: Dental education. Orthodontic, periodontal treatments.

  • Listening: Root canal therapy. Cavity filling. Dental implants. Tooth extraction.
  • Reading: Teeth straightening. Tooth extraction. Root canal theraphy.
  • Module test

Module Ten: Dermatology and Plastic Surgery

  • Speaking: Abdominoplasty. Breast reconstruction. Cleft palate. Rhinoplasty. Rhytidectomy.
  • Listening: patient follow up. Dermatitis. Psoriasis. Acne. Atopic dermatitis. Burn scars & lacerations.
  • Reading: Eczema / atopic dermatitis. Cleft lip and palate. Panniculectomy. Facelift. Skin cancer. Lacerations and burns.
  • Module test

How can we help?

Are you an organisation, institution or tutor looking for a comprehensive learning solution for you and your teams and students? We have a portfolio of general and specialised English language and business short courses that are available online and on-demand as well as for a blended solution in the classroom environment or delivered via live webinar based tuition.

These ready to go courses cover all key areas of adult professional English language learning as well as a catalog of short courses covering finance & operations, sales & marketing, human resources to administration and management. As well as hard skills that range from elementary to advanced, there is an array of people and soft skill development.

Our e-learning is comprehensive, up to date and produced by a high quality learning and editorial team. It combines the latest in business thinking with the latest in learning technology. Learning can be delivered wholly online through self-study, with virtual tutor support or in a group & classroom environment by our qualified trainers.

  • All online learning is tracked and courses can be used as part of a personal development plan
  • Learners can study out of hours or in breaks with bite-size learning
  • Get management reports on learner progress
  • Cost efficiently solve any training, compliance, insurance, regulatory or union requirements
  • Choose and pay for only the courses you need or look at our library models for even greater value
  • No lock-in contracts – pay monthly or get a highly competitive price for annual and multi-year commitments
  • No big installations necessary – a simple web browser is all that’s needed to get started
  • New courses being added all the time

If you want to know more, get in touch with Connor, Marius, Stephen or Adam  for more information.

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