The students will know the expectations for their medical English class: content overview, tests, coefficients, learning methods, etc. 

They will become familiar with Moodle, an on-line learning and sharing platform. 

They will be able to perform a listening comprehension exercise at a B2 level(Click here and go to page 4)

They will be able to write a 500-word reflective essay on choosing medicine as a career. In this essay, they will describe:

-the influences behind the choice (childhood experiences, family, a mentor's influence, career counselling in collège or Lycée, etc. )  

-what attracts them to this field: the science, solving puzzles, the doctor/patient relationships, etc. 

They will learn to write a resume, a cover letter and to speak convincingly during an interview. 


The objective of the Medical English classes in L2/DFGSM2 (2nd year of medical school) is for students to acquire a working knowledge of medical vocabulary through the study of human physiology, the history of medicine, descriptions of modern practice and thus to develop the language skills necessary to discuss a variety of medical topics with patients and fellow medical practitioners. The study of case histories relevant to each subject provides a systematic introduction to the language of clinical practice, which is further consolidated through the practice of case-based patient interviews in the computer lab. The second-year program is intended to provide a thorough preparation for the coursework undertaken in L3/DFGSM3 (3rdyear). Students are assumed to be conversant in written and spoken English. Those whose general knowledge of English grammar and vocabulary may be insufficient are now enrolled in the  two groups of English electives RAN offered during the first semester. The other students will attend two classes, one at the beginning of the first semester, the second in December. Online assignments in the first and second semesters will be available regularly on DidEl; these distance learning activities are part of the continuous assessment of L2 English (UE9) at Paris Diderot Medical school. 

First Semester : general English

  • One on-site (Bichat) computer lab sessions
  • Distance-learning including listening comprehensions, reading and writing activities on Moodle platform.
  • RAN ( remise à niveau) for one group (see program on specific page)



Second Semester : Medical English

Week 1 – The Human Body 1

  • Biology : Anatomy & Physiology

  • Growth and development, Aging

  • Cells :Membrane, Receptors (e.g. insulin receptor), Nucleus, Cytoplasm, Organelles, Mitosis

  • Tissues : Epithelium, Connective tissue, Muscle, Nervous tissue, Blood & lymph

  • Organs : Definition (structure & function), Major organs of the thorax & abdomen


Week 2 – The Human Body 2

  • Organ Systems, e.g. cardiovascular, musculo-skeletal, digestive

  • Homeostasis & Communication, e.g. epinephrine (adrenaline), ADH

  • Barriers and body surfaces, e.g. ear canal, digestive tract, airways

  • Anatomy and disease : extra capacity (e.g. lungs, liver), sensitive organs (brain, heart)

  • Medical imaging procedures : X-rays, CT-scan, ultrasound, MRI, radionuclide imaging


Week 3 – General Practice 1

  • Primary Care & Secondary Care, Referrals, Medical specialties

  • Common complaints

  • Proactive medicine : preventive medicine (e.g. screening) & health education

  • Common complaints and Referrals


Week 4 – General Practice 2

  • Health care in the US : Specialization of Family Practice, Access to primary care

  • Health insurance and reimbursement schemes : capitation vs. fee-for-service

  • Case Histories


Week 5 – the patient interview 1

  • basic facts on the vitals
  • conversion tables
  • methodology
  • Doctor Fortin's patient centered interview


Week 6 – the patient interview 2

Week 7 the heart 1

Week 8 the heart 2