FACES Conversantes


Fostering and Achieving Culture Equity and Sensitivity in the Health Professions (F.A.C.E.S.) Conversantes is a service-learning course that provides bilingual Spanish-speaking premed students with training and opportunities to volunteer as medical interpreters in health care facilities located in Southern Arizona. The course is a collaborative effort among the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Arizona Hispanic Center of Excellence, College of Medicine- Tucson, and local clinics and hospitals. This class is for UArizona students. This class is a 3-credit unit (letter grade)

In the Classroom

Students learn about common medical complaints (chest pain, abdominal pain, etc) and practice medical interpretation techniques through a combination of lectures, role-plays, case studies, and presentations.

In the Community

Students volunteer 2-3 hours per week as Spanish interpreters in local health care facilities such as Clínica Amistad, Mobile health clinic program, Shubitz clinic, and Women's clinic that are part of the Committed to Underserved People (CUP) programs at the College of Medicine-Tucson.

Who should apply?

  • Bilingual Spanish-speaking undergraduate students attending the University of Arizona
  • College students interested in pursuing a health profession. Available to volunteer as Spanish interpreters (2-3 hours per week)

How can I apply?

All application materials must be submitted online no later than 5:00 pm on October 15 for the Spring semester and April 15 for Fall semester applicants. If this date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or UA holiday, the deadline is the next business day. If you get accepted to the course, you will get an admission notification within 2 weeks after you submitted your application.

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For more information contact: Alejandra Zapien Hidalgo, MD, MPH azapien8@arizona.edu.

Course Registration

If accepted into Conversantes, the course will be added to your schedule by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion through a manual registration process.