Spanish & Cultural CME/CNE Course

Credits Provided by Penn Medicine

Cultural competence is a major asset in diagnosing and treating Spanish-speaking patients.

What better way to enhance your skills and knowledge than a week in beautiful Santiago Atitlán? Escape from the cold of winter or heat of summer to our average 75-degree sunny days and cool nights.

The Hospitalito Atitlán 26-credit CME/CNE Spanish & Cultural Immersion Course will not only improve your medical Spanish, but also provide exposure to the culture and customs prevalent in Central America.

Target Audience: The course is perfect for doctors, nurses and physician assistants who have mastered basic Spanish communication and would like to immerse themselves in the language in a Maya culture setting.

Enhance professional Spanish skills in a community hospital setting

  • Taking medical histories.
  • Identifying chief complaints.
  • Conducting physical examinations.
  • Attending morning reports.
  • Communicating with specialist.
Program features
  • Small classes (Six doctors per session).
  • One-on-one instruction with experienced local Spanish language teachers.
  • Rotating lectures by Hospitalito faculty.
  • Introduction to the modern indigenous Maya city Santiago Atitlán.
  • Tour of cottage industry weavers under the auspices of the '13 Batz' (thirteen threads) a Maya Weavers Cooperative.
  • Introduction to local Maya Culture via a walking tour of the village.

Sample Schedule

Cost: $1,295

Fee includes ground transportation to and from Guatemala City and single-person accommodations at one of several beautiful local venues La Posada de Santiago, Hotel Eco Bambu or Hotel Tiosh Abaj (depending on enrollment and availability). Bringing family members? There will be an additional charge

Testimonials of previous course attendees.


  • Click on your preferred date below.
  • Fill out the registration form and email to the address indicated.
  • Pay the course fee. Accommodations are limited and will not be made until payment is received.
  • Upon payment, you will receive a receipt and confirmation email.

Available 2018 Course Dates

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In support of improving patient care, Penn Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Designation of Credit

PHYSICIANS: Penn Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 26 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

NURSES: The program will award 26 contact hours.

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. PAs may receive a maximum of 26 Category 1 credits for completing this activity.

"The CME week offered by the Hospitalito Atitlán was an outstanding experience in all respects. Not only was I able to improve my Spanish, but also, at the same time, learned about the fascinating culture of this extraordinary Mayan community surrounded by amazing natural beauty. A unique opportunity!"

Robert Meyer, M.D. Cambridge, MA

"The course was a great experience and really improved my Spanish skills and cultural awareness. Best value experience for my CME activities!"

Emergency physician Dr. Rokhsanna Sadeghi volunteered in the ER for one week after the course.

Dr. Michelle Birdseye

"This is the best CME I have ever attended, I want to come back."

Dr. Michelle Birdseye, Eugene OR, January 2014.

Andrew Smith, MD

Andrew Smith, MD,
"I loved the week and learned a lot in a short time. The stunning landscapes were complemented by engaging discussions about the cultural and anthropological aspects to practicing medicine in an indigenous community. If you want a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do CME in Latin America, come to Hospitalito Atitlan!"

Erin Gertz, MD

Erin Gertz, MD,
"I will be able to take a more comprehensive history from my Spanish speaking patients and I will be able to direct them during a physical exam."