By Neda Ratanawongsa, MD, MPH
“For Spanish press 1, for Cantonese press 2, for Mandarin press 3, for Taishanese press 4, for Vietnamese press 5 …”
My exam room phone doesn’t have enough buttons for all the languages I need to serve my patients. In a typical clinic session, I use an interpreter for half of my clinic visits and phone calls to patients. It is this amazing linguistic and cultural diversity that drew me to be a primary care provider at the General Medicine Clinic.