Welcome to Houston English Language Professionals!
Our passion is to empower international doctors who are launching or advancing their careers in the United States.
We strive to understand the struggles you experience, from becoming ECFMG certified, to preparing for residency interviews, to the everyday communication demands of a medical professional.
Hi, I’m Simone!
I have been an English language professional for about 20 years. After working with a physician from Vietnam who needed help with his spoken English, it was clear to me that there is a broad need for physician-specific English communication programs.
I realized that physicians have unique vocabulary requirements, so I began focusing my energy on providing the skills and tools that international physicians can use to communicate clearly and effectively, taking cultural nuances into consideration.
Communication barriers can affect patient outcomes, patient comfort, and relationships with colleagues.
Communication difficulties erode confidence. Within a few short weeks, I can help international physicians address multiple issues that could cause problems with patients and colleagues so they can carry their newfound confidence throughout their careers and interactions.
Ineffective communication is a barrier to building rapport. When both pronunciation and cultural nuances are fully understood, physician rapport between patients and their colleagues is much easier to build and maintain.
Protect Your Perceived Competence
Misunderstandings and communication errors can make a physician feel as if their competence is called into question. Speak up, share information and ideas with confidence and protect your reputation and confidence.
Enhanced Interviewing Skills
Whether competing for a residency, interviewing for a new position, or holding patient interviews for research, feeling as if you’re misunderstood or not getting your point across is frustrating and unproductive.
Praise From Past Clients
Language Barriers Can Cause Other Problems, Too
Whether you’re a physician struggling to communicate well or a program manager with multiple international doctors in a program, the following problem areas could affect your career or program.
Increase in Physician Burnout
Physician burnout is already an issue with many doctors. But extended communication issues can make this problem much worse.
Decrease in Patient Satisfaction
Patient satisfaction can affect a physician or an entire practice. Lack of clear communication can diminish satisfaction quickly.
Transcription Software Issues
Errors in transcriptions when international doctors use speech recognition software for patient notes can be avoided with clearer communication.
All of these problems can be solved with effective and clear communication between international doctors and their patients and colleagues.