Hospitalito Atitilán on Lake Atitilán, Guatemala Announces Schedule for CME Course to Enhance Physician Communication with Spanish-Speaking Patients & Their Families

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Hospitalito Atitlán on Lake Atitlán — one of the world’s most beautiful lakes — is the site of a Medical Spanish and Cultural Immersion CME course helping medical professionals improve their communication with Spanish-speaking patients and their families. CME credits are provided by Perelman School of Medicine /University of Pennsylvania.

Lake Atitlán is nestled between three volcanoes at an altitude of 1,562 meter.

If you want a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do CME in Latin America, come to Hospitalito Atitlán

Hospitalito Atitlán on Lake Atitlán, Guatemala — named one of the world’s most beautiful lakes by Fodor’s and CNN, among others — is the site for a Medical Spanish and Cultural Immersion Continuing Medical Education (CME) course that helps medical professionals improve their communication with Spanish-speaking patients and their families. The CME course has been approved for a maximum of 25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ by Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Attendees enhance their medical practice by learning medical Spanish, while also experiencing the cultural richness and physical beauty of the Lake Atitlán area. Some stay on after the course as medical volunteers.

Previous participants have raved about their experience:

  •          “If you want a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do CME in Latin America, come to Hospitalito Atitlán.”
  •          “The stunning landscapes were complemented by engaging discussions about the cultural and anthropological aspects of practicing medicine in an indigenous community.”
  •          “This is the best CME I have ever attended; I want to come back.”
  •          “The course…really improved my Spanish skills and cultural awareness.”

Small classes of six participants/session receive one-on-one training from instructors knowledgeable in medical terminology and the Spanish language. The program also includes rotating lectures by Hospitalito faculty on relevant topics such as Western versus traditional medicine and the issue of exploitation of women in Guatemala.

Attendees are introduced to Maya culture through a viewing a documentary film, taking a walking tour through the village of Santiago Atitlán and visiting the homes of cottage industry weavers under the auspices of the Cojolya Asociación of Maya Women Weavers.

The CME sessions run seven times a year.

The session schedule through 2015 is:

2014
November 30 – December 6, 2014

2015
February 8 – 14, 2015
March 22 – 28, 2015
April 5 – 11, 2015
July 19 – 25, 2014
August 9 – 15, 2015
October 25-31, 2015
November 29 – December 5, 2015

The course fee is $1,295, which includes ground transportation to and from Guatemala City and single-person accommodations at the La Posada de Santiago (additional charge for families).

About the Hospitalito
The 25,000 square-foot Hospitalito Atitlán serves the healthcare needs of the local community, made up of 75,000 indigenous Mayas. The Hospitalito is the site of surgical jornadas (medical trips) in various fields including cleft palate birth defects, OB/GYN, ophthalmology and urology. It’s in the third year of a diabetes prevention and treatment initiative funded by the World Diabetes Foundation, headquartered in Denmark.

The Hospitalito has had a relationship with the University of Pennsylvania since 2005 through the Guatemala Health Initiative (GHI), which was founded by students and faculty at the Schools of Medicine and Nursing.

Hospitalito Atitlán is a small private nonprofit hospital serving 75,000 Maya living on the southern shore of beautiful Lake Atitlán in the Guatemalan highlands. The hospital provides a full-range of preventive and clinical health services with an emphasis on women and children and has the only 24/7 emergency and surgical obstetrical care within a two-hour radius. Its dedicated staff is made up of local physicians, nurses and administrators who work hand-in-hand with international volunteer medical professionals to bring quality care to the community.

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