The main objective of this course is to teach you, a healthcare professional, basic, intermediate, and advanced Spanish language skills and to provide opportunities to use these skills in daily activities and conversations while you are in a Spanish-speaking country. You can then apply these skills in your clinical practice when you return home.


Course Sessions

  January 6-10, 2020

  February 3-7, 2020

  March 2-6, 2020


Course Description

All classes are in Conference Center at the Margaritaville Beach Resort, Playa Flamingo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Monday |  7:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
“Icebreaker Activities. Human Anatomy in Spanish OR Equipment in Spanish Linguistics Practice Communicating with Patients in Spanish Brief History and Physical in Spanish

Tuesday | 7:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Anatomy of Central and Peripheral Nervous System in Spanish Spinal and Epidural Anesthesia and nerve blocks in Spanish. Simulated patient dialogues in Spanish

Wednesday |  FREE DAY
Let the Tour Desk at the Hotel arrange a tour, beach event, scuba diving, surfing, etc. This also allows you an opportunity to practice your new Spanish with the “locals”

Thursday | 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Types of Surgery in Spanish Side effects and risks of anesthesia in Spanish Anesthesia for Labor and Delivery in Spanish Practice of simulated patient dialogues in Spanish

Friday  |  7:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Patient family and social history in Spanish Anesthesia options Patient discussion in Spanish. Pre-existing diseases and medications in Spanish Simple future verb tense in Spanish

Safe travels or enjoy another few days in paradise! PURA VIDA!!



Sianny Ondoy Angulo, BA, Professor of Spanish & Natural Sciences, Colegio de Tabarcia de Puriscal and the Centro Pedagogico de Costa Rica, Medical Spanish Instructor, Southwest Anesthesia & Medical Seminars, Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica

Alba Ruiz Ruiz, BS, Spanish Professor, Costal Spanish Institute & Medical Spanish Instructor, Southwest Anesthesia & Medical Seminars, Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica

Richard M. Saucier, CRNA, MBA, Program Coordinator and Instructor, Southwest Anesthesia & Medical Seminars



CRNAs: This program has been prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 20.00 Class A CE credits; Code Number 1037638; Expiration Date 3/6/2020.

Physicians: The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to award continuing medical education to physicians. This activity has also been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of North Texas Health Science Center and Southwest Anesthesia & Medical Seminars. The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physician Credit Designation: The University of North Texas Health Science Center has requested that the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve this program for 20 hours of AOA Category 2A CME credits™. Approval is currently pending.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth designates this live activity for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants: The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) states that the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are acceptable for continuing medical education requirements for recertification.

Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurses: For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME. Please check your individual state licensing boards for re-licensing reciprocity.

Physical Therapists: UNT Health Science Center is accredited by Texas Physical Therapy Association, Provider 1810035TX. This activity is approved for 20 CCUs for PTs and PTAs.

*All Faculty, CME Planning Committee Members, and the CME Office Reviewers have disclosed that they have no financial relationships with commercial interests that would constitute a conflict of interest concerning this CME activity.


Course Cancellation Policy:  Registrants (participants) can cancel their registration for each meeting up to 30 days prior to the session with a $100.00 cancellation fee. After that time period, cancellation by a participant will incur forfeiture of the total registration fee, which may be applied to future class registration fees at our discretion. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance to cover unforseen circumstances that may necessitate cancellation on your part!

Provider Cancellation:  We reserve the right to cancel the course for any reason. In such case, a minimum of 30 days notice will be given to each registered participant  with 100% of registration amounts paid refunded

Schedule & Faculty Changes:  Factors beyond our control may necessitate changes in the schedule and faculty. If time permits, we will inform registrants prior to the program. If local conditions necessitate changes on site, they will be announced in class.