CHAMPS Spanish Language Intensive Training

Spanish Language for Health Care Professionals

Date/Time: Friday, April 21-Monday, April 24, 2017; 8AM-5PM each day

Location: Denver Medical Society, 1850 Williams Street, Denver, Colorado, 80218

Target Audience: The course is targeted for physicians, PAs, NPs, nurses, medical assistants, and other medical personnel.  Other types of health care professionals are welcome to attend, however it is important to note that only a limited amount of time is spent on terminology for other disciplines such as oral health or behavioral health.

Event Overview: CHAMPS, in conjunction with Denver Medical Society, offers an annual medical Spanish language training for clinicians and clinical support staff at Region VIII health centers. This four-day course is an intensive, conversational and medical Spanish workshop consisting of medical dialogues, role-plays, visual aids, cross-cultural discussions, and daily practice. The course curriculum provides an experience of immersion learning, an approach that is highly suitable for those with limited time, and who must use their new language skills immediately with their Spanish-speaking patients. Beginner and intermediate skill levels will be offered, with separate classes for each level.

Course Objectives: Participants who complete the course will:

  • Acquire/strengthen ability to interview patients in Spanish, take a medical history, conduct a physical exam, give prescriptions and instructions, and intervene with medical emergencies.
  • Be exposed to a Spanish vocabulary of at least 1,500 general and medical words.
  • Develop a good flow of speech in present, future, and past tenses, and command forms.
  • Develop an awareness of differences in attitudes between Latinos and other Americans concerning time, space, clothing, foods, health, and medical care.
  • Develop skills to continue language acquisition through daily practice and experience.
  • Intermediate students will be able to do all of the above using more idioms, complex tenses and moods (conditional, present and past progressive, present and past perfect tenses plus subjunctive mood and its tenses).

CME: Continuing medical education (CME) is available as follows:

  • 45 prescribed hours by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
  • 43 hours of Category 1 CME from the American College of Emergency Physicians
  • 45 contact hours of continuing education by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • 43 hours of Category 1 CME from the American Medical Association.

COST: $649 for CHAMPS Members; $799 for non-members; Payment is only accepted via check and must be made out to Rios Associates.

REGISTRATION: Please download and complete the registration and self-assessment forms found HERE.

Make check payable to Rios Associates and mail check, completed registration form and self-assessment form to Rachel Steinberg, CHAMPS, 600 Grant Street, Suite 800, Denver, CO 80203.  You may fax the registration form in advance to 303-861-5315 with “Attention Rachel Steinberg” or email  The registration due date is April 1, 2017, or earlier if classes are filled.

Please note that full payment is due in advance of the course. CHAMPS is not able to provide refunds; however, another individual may substitute for the registered participant.  CHAMPS must be notified in writing of the substitution and the substitute participant must complete this registration form including the self-assessment form.


Start Date + Time April 21, 2017 @ 8:00 am
End Date + Time April 24, 2017 @ 5:00 pm