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United States, México, Webinars, Virtual Training Sessions, Self Study and On-Site Courses

Provide Better Care-We help you meet the challenge

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


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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.

What Makes The Difference?

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

Several unique Medical Spanish Workshops have been developed from these systems, which are now being offered in:

  • 4-day intensive Workshops in several major cities in the U.S.
  • Webinars/ Personalized One On One (internet courses).
  • Virtual Training Sessions
  • Onsite training workshops at the location of any organization, hospital, residency program and/or clinics’ site, tailor-made to their specific needs.


More information

For pricing information or to Register go to the Registration page


Complete Medical Spanish Book, Published by McGraw Hill, Third Edition. Authored by Joanna Rios, Ph.D.; Jose Fernandez Torres with Tamara A. Rios, Ph.D. 15 Chapters of Medical Spanish and Cultural Competency information.

Book with Audio files USB in MP3 format for all 15 Chapters

$ 59

Book Alone

$ 19.95

USB Alone

$ 55

USB if registered in a class



Medical Dictionary English-Spanish / Spanish-English by Glenn T. Rogers, MD Fourth Edition.

$ 38.95


2 Gb USB Flash drive with the audio files in MP3 format for all 15 Chapters

$ 55