Rios Associates


We help you meet the challenge

Since 1983, Rios Associates has offered CME accredited Medical Spanish and Cultural Awareness courses to doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, and other related positions.


What make the difference?

Experience, strategically developed materials, as well as caring
and innovative instructors do!

  Live Workshops

4-day intensive Workshops in several major cities in the U.S. and México

Webinars/Personalized One On One (internet courses). Learn more...

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Onsite training workshops at the location of any organization, hospital, residency program and/or clinics’ site, tailor-made to their specific needs. Learn more...

Rios Associates is now offering a Medical Spanish Self-Study Program based on our McGraw-Hill’s Medical Spanish text and workbook with up to 45 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(s)™ available. . Learn more...

All our courses are approved for CME credits



Our mission is to better serve the Latino community by teaching medical Spanish and cultural awareness to healthcare providers.

The workshop and material are expressly designed for The Healthcare Professional. This is not merely conversational Spanish with a “Medical Component”, consisting of some medical terms and vocabulary, but is expressly and exclusively designed for Healthcare professionals’ immediate practical application with their patients.

Learning Objectives

  • Improve rapport and engagement with Latino patients
  • Promote preventive care and expand knowledge of culture bound syndromes
  • Learn more about the Latino culture and medical terminology in Spanish
  • Steps to secure a successful patient interview
  • Doctor Joanna Ríos initially created the program's precepts for the National Health Service Corps during the 1980's. It has steadily developed, kept abreast of the newest and latest medical discoveries and research, while the materials are constantly being reviewed and updated.
  • Medical and general Vocabulary is introduced by visual association with the actual item, thus eliminating an entire and irrelevant translation step. Verbs are acted out rather than translated.
  • Each concept builds upon the previous one, allowing the student to understand how the language is structured while NOT simply memorizing phrases and questions.
  • This unique immersion training method is based upon the same concepts by which we learned our native tongue. Thus, one can formulate and put together one's own questions, sentences and explanations for the patient.
  • Grammar terminology such as "indirect object pronoun" is essentially omitted; however the grammar is reinforced by constant repetition. Whenever necessary, grammar concepts are explained in a simple, clear and concise manner.
  • This is all done through the use of humor, games, role-plays and many group interactions which provide for a dynamic, exciting and supportive learning experience for healthcare professionals.

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