Clinical French Club (CFC)

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About the Club

Our mission is to provide a structured, collaborative environment for medical students to master the essentials of clinical French.
This includes:

Taking a patient history
Conducting a physical exam and describing findings
Explaining the diagnosis and treatment plan
Answering a patient’s questions
We welcome French speakers of all levels, from zero to native speakers. We’re all in this together, so let’s help each other learn faster and better.

Our goal is to identify and master simple, high-yield clinical language that can be put into practice immediately.

Club members share the situations they want to do better in, based on their real-life clinical needs
Monthly meetings with themes based on club members’ needs
Meetings centred around mock interviews, and supplemented with demos, videos, and other resources.
Everyone does at least one mock interview (histories provided – see sample here)
After each interview, we debrief both the clinical and the French aspects, and do in-depth troubleshooting – something there is not always time to do in real clinical situations, but which is essential to consolidating the skills
“Field trips” to relevant events, with discussion time after
Archives of relevant resources (also handouts arranged by clerkship rotation)
A Facebook group where any member can share resources they find helpful
We answer the question, “How do I say this better in French?” – but also questions like, “How should I have handled such-and-such situation yesterday? What should I do tomorrow?”

Our focus on practical skills to meet real-life needs complements other resources which focus more on formal grammar or conversational French. In our first year as a club, we had over 80 members, with feedback saying our meetings helped improve confidence about clinical participation.

To receive announcements about meetings, or share your ideas for meetings, e-mail us at, or join our Facebook group.

To get started, check out our all-purpose General Interview Guide.

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