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Supplemental Questions and Language Proficiency Definitions

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Supplemental Questions for residency year 2022-2023.

 **Please check after December 1st each year for updated questions**


Supplemental application essay document (total length of document for all three questions limited to 1 page):

  1. Why do you want to work with an underserved population and/or within a community health center?

  2. Other than language barriers, what will be your biggest challenge(s) in working with our patient population and our practice sites and how do you hope to overcome this?

  3. Select one of the following:

    1. If you are proficient in a second language:

      1. What language and level of proficiency? (See definition below)

      2. How have you used these skills in patient care situations?

    2. If you do not speak a second language, how have you provided care to a patient in a language you do not speak or how do you anticipate meeting this need if you have not encountered this situation before?



Language Proficiency Definitions

Proficiency Code

Speaking Definitions

Reading Definitions

0 - No Practical Proficiency

No practical speaking proficiency.

No practical reading proficiency.

1 - Elementary Proficiency

Able to satisfy routine travel needs and minimum courtesy requirements

Able to read some personal and place names, street signs, office and shop designations, numbers and isolated words and phrases

2 - Limited Working Proficiency

Able to satisfy routine social demands and limited work requirements

Able to read simple prose, in a form equivalent to typescript or printing, on subjects within a familiar context

3 - Minimum Professional Proficiency

Able to speak the language with sufficient structural accuracy and vocabulary to participate effectively in most formal and informal conversations on practical, social, and professional topics

Able to read standard newspaper items addressed to the general reader, routine correspondence, reports, and technical materials in the individual's special field.

4 - Full Professional Proficiency

Able to use the language fluently and accurately on all levels pertinent to professional needs.

Able to read all styles and forms of the language pertinent to professional needs.

5 - Native or Bilingual Proficiency

Equivalent to that of an educated native speaker.

Equivalent to that of an educated native.



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