The MAESTRO program aims at equipping medical students with the necessary cultural awareness and communication skills to care effectively for Spanish-speaking patients and positively impact the health and wellbeing of this growing and underserved population. 


Launched in 2019, MAESTRO is a certificate program offered to first-year medical students with high-intermediate to advanced Spanish fluency. Designed to run concurrently with the traditional medical school curriculum, it is intended to develop culturally respectful Spanish-speaking providers caring for the increasing number of Latino patients both in Winston-Salem and across the U.S. 


Interested students who are high-intermediate to advanced Spanish speakers, or who are native speakers, are invited to apply to MAESTRO. In order to apply, please:

  1. Complete the application (2020 application link) by end of day on Monday, July 13. After submitting your application, please email maestrowfsom@gmail.com by Monday, July 13 to confirm it was received.
  2. Take a telephone fluency assessment by Friday, July 17. The interview will take up to 15 minutes. Separate email instructions will be sent to a select group of students who submitted the online application.


A selection committee will meet to review application materials and select the new class of approximately 6-8 MAESTRO students. Selected applicants will be notified via email by mid-August. Program enrollment fee is $75.

Telephone Fluency Assessment

This assessment is conducted by ALTA Language Services. The purpose of the assessment is to learn how well students speak and understand Spanish. For the assessment, applicants will have a conversation with a native speaker for up to 15 minutes. There are no right or wrong answers. Students are not expected to have any medical knowledge, but they might be expected to know a variety of verb tenses. 

For any further questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Shin.

Program Description

Workshop sessions will consist of a combination of didactic and in-class practice through group discussion, partner practice, and standardized patient encounters. In addition, students are required to complete 20 hours of community service during the pre-clinical years. Faculty will provide feedback throughout the program to facilitate a successful completion. MAESTRO will likely change as it evolves to better adjust to students’ needs; however, program participants can expect the following structure: