Online English for International Doctors

Online English for International Doctors


About this course

This online English for Doctors course is specially designed to improve the Medical English and clinical communication skills of international doctors and medical students who work or study in an English-speaking environment.

Level B2 – C1

For doctors and medicine students with an upper-intermediate or advanced (B2-C1) level of English,  this course will develop their Medical English knowledge and skills, enable them to communicate with accuracy and confidence, network at international medical conferences, and prepare to work in an English-speaking healthcare environment.

Medical English & OET Test  Preparation

The course is also excellent preparation for an international medical English test, such as the Occupational English Test (OET) for doctors. The course covers medical terminology, clinical interactions with patients, hospital English and a wide range of communication skills, including pronunciation, reading articles and professional writing.

Accessing your online English for Doctors course

You receive a code to access your course. Online English for Doctors courses can be taken on a PC, tablet or smartphone, allowing you to learn when is convenient for you. Activities and exercises are short and engaging, so even 10 minutes can be productive.

Course Length 100 hours of study, divided into 14 clearly defined sections. Each section

focuses on a vital area of practice, giving doctors the language tools to perform

effectively at work. They have 4 months to complete the course.

Course Level The entry level for the course is set at an upper-intermediate and advanced

level (B2-C1) in the Common European Framework). At this level, doctors can

express themselves in most interactions at work and outside. However, they

make mistakes, have problems expressing complex ideas accurately and

dealing with unpredictable communicative situations.

Inputs During the course learners watch animated videos, listen to conversations, read

medical texts, analyse charts and graphs, look at work-related photographs and

images, and study vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation focus points.

Exercises Students take a wide range of exercises to learn the target language. They get

instant answers and can re-do questions at any time.

Integrated Dictionary

and Pronunciation Guide Click on any word to get its meaning and listen to how it should be said – in both

British and American English.

Progress Assessment Learners can track their results and the time they spend online. At the end of

every unit, they take a progress assessment so you can see what you have learnt.

End of Course

CPD Certificate On successful completion, doctors receive 80 CPD points and a CPD-stamped

Certificate with details of the course level and content.

Lead Writer Virginia Allum is a widely published Medical English writer, speaker and trainer,

having written for doctors, nurses and health care assistants and carers, as

well as preparation materials for Occupational English Test. Virginia is also a

practising Registered Nurse in the UK.


Around the Hospital • On the ward • Hospital staff, inc. allied health professionals • Introducing yourself to patients • The body: anterior, posterior • Glossary of body terms Patient Admission • Clerking a patient • Non-verbal communication • Therapeutic listening • Wounds and burns • Hospital charts: patient admission form • Writing a patient file note Interviewing a Patient • The language used in healthcare • Conducting patient interviews • The Calgary – Cambridge Observation Guide • Asking different types of questions • Cardiovascular conditions • Respiratory symptoms and conditions • Describing strokes • The body: the nose, head, face Taking Observations • Blood pressure and pulse • Temperature • Neurological changes • Hospital charts: Early Warning Score • The body: the arm, hands • The body: skin, nails, hair Past Medical History • Patient centred care • Allergies and adverse drug reactions • Taking a sexual history • Substance misuse • Describing dementia • Challenging behaviours in the elderly • The body: the chest Talking about Pain • Types of pain • Pain severity • Pain location • Using pain scales • Chronic back pain • The body: muscles, tendons, bones, ligaments Examining a Patient • Patient confidentiality • Putting a patient at ease • The female reproductive system • Doing an internal examination • Protecting vulnerable patients • Writing GP letters Explaining Tests • Blood tests, taking a blood sample • Radiological tests • Testing for tuberculosis • Cervical smear tests • Taking a urine specimen • Diabetes tests • Hospital forms: pathology forms • The body: the ears Discussing a Diagnosis • Discussing different diagnoses • Discussing injuries • Discussing IBS • Infectious diseases and conditions • Answering a bleep • The body: intestines, abdomen • The body: feet, ankles Explaining Treatment • Managing diabetes • Managing constipation • Managing urinary incontinence • Managing asthma • Stoma therapy • Administering medications, PCA • Hospital charts: controlled drugs, oxygen therapy • Writing a discharge letter Discussing Surgery • Surgical procedures • Cosmetic surgery • Hospital chart: VTE • Arthritis • The body: hips, thighs, legs • The body: shoulders • Using SBAR Pre-operative Care • Consent, infection control, MRSA • Pre-operative investigations • Assessing level of risk: anaesthesia • Healthcare acquired infections • The kidneys, fluid loss, dehydration • Inserting an IV cannula • IV fluids Post-operative Care • Giving a post-operative handover • Endocrine disorders: subtotal thyroidectomy • Wound infections • Hospital charts: sepsis screening tool • Suggesting lifestyle changes • The body: mouth, eyes, the senses • Writing a discharge letter Oncology and End-of-Life Care • Types of cancers • Oncology and chemotherapy • Radiotherapy • The breast and breast cancer • Cancer of the cervix • Lung cancer • Palliative care • End-of-life care • Hospital charts: DNAR orders