Medical French Course


31st Residential Weekend Course in Medical French

4-6 April 2025 – Faculté de Médecine, Université Catholique de Lille, France. Provisional date, booking opens in September 2024

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This course is now in its thirty-first year.  The course venue became Lille, France, as a celebration of the silver anniversary in 2017.  Delegates have the opportunity to be immersed in French during meals and free time and to experience the beautiful centre of ‘vieux’ Lille.  This course provides an invaluable foundation for those planning to work or undertake student electives in French-speaking countries, or to work with organisations such as Médecins sans Frontières. We attract delegates undertaking diplomas such as offered by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Our main aim is to provide an essential French medical vocabulary and the confidence to use it, thus broadening options for working in medicine with French speaking communities throughout the world. 

 Format of the Course

The teaching programme has been designed specifically by linguists, doctors and educational experts in Britain and France. Sessions are in small groups of six to ten and led by experienced French speakers who are all medical. The content focuses on everyday communicating in a clinical setting. Throughout the weekend, all participants are encouraged to speak and discuss so that they can build up their confidence. We get you TALKING!

A valuable part of the course is networking with those who have first hand experience of working as medics in French. Half of the delegates attending are doctors and half of our places are  at subsidised rates, for students. Networking with tutors and between delegates is a valuable part of the course. We also offer a choice of workshops during the weekend to allow delegates to choose topics to explore in more depth.

An extensive course handbook containing key vocabulary and phrases will be sent out in the month prior to the course. You aren’t expected to learn this, but it’s helpful to read through the introductory chapters in advance.

NEWSFLASH – students who attended the 2024 Medical French Course have the chance to win a fully funded place at the AFMS-AMFB Annual Conference in Autumn 2024 in Orleans, France . 

Click here to read about the 2023 winners

How well do you have to speak French?

The course is specifically designed to accommodate all levels of linguistic expertise, from rudimentary to fluent. Most participants have studied French to at least “O”-Level/GCSE standard (generally within the last few decades). You are asked to complete a short and painless questionnaire to help us in grouping together people of similar French–speaking ability. Delegates are provided with a certificate of attendance. 

Come and join us for a packed weekend.  Medicine in French, just have a go!

Testimonial from a 2019 delegate – DR Bernard P. Chang, M.D., Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, New York

 Feedback from Delegates

  • Really enjoyed the course. Lovely to spend the weekend with others with so much enthusiasm and interesting stories and experiences.
  • Exceeded my expectations. I had not appreciated the value of meeting others and making connections.
  • Workshops were great, more please!
  • Excellent organisation, high standard of teaching, good resources and help given but most importantly very friendly.
  • Groups are a good size, one weekend is a perfect amount of time.
  • Great opportunities to find out about training and elective experiences in France.
  • All tutors were excellent and brought different skills and experiences.
  • Brilliant teaching, experienced tutors, relaxed environment.
  • I would definitely recommend it to others. Beyond my expectations.

The course fees include en suite accommodation for two nights, all meals including a gala dinner on the Saturday evening and a comprehensive course handbook covering general vocabulary, the systems of the body, primary care, medical emergencies, prescribing, etc.

2024 Pricing

Students  £350 (shared room)

FY1 and FY2 £530

Doctors and other professionals £650

Early bird discount of £30 discount for doctors and FY1/2 who book and pay prior to January 31st 2024 

The 2024 course has places for 30 doctors and 30 students. The 2023 course was fully booked, early application is advised.

2024 PROGRAMME : Click here

2024 MEET THE TUTORS: Click here

2025 BOOKING FORM: Opens in September 2024

MAPS AND LINKS: Click here

GALLERY 202: Click here

For registration or further information, contact:

Christine Greenwood, School of Clinical Sciences, Clinical Sciences Centre,

University Hospital Aintree, Longmoor Lane, Liverpool L9 7AL.