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Mastering Medical Spanish

A special message from Rory & Leslie about the Mastering Medical Spanish Course!

Registration open for a limited time!

In just 10 weeks, this course helps you…

Improve your relationships with Spanish-speaking patients

Speaking someone’s language (albeit imperfect) generates a personal connection that you can’t replicate through telephone interpreters.

Alleviate Frustrations

It’s natural to get frustrated and have some anxieties when you are providing care in another language. Interpreter phones are clunky & communication feels less personal

Improve the level and quality of care your Spanish-speaking patients receive

Every study shows that patient outcomes improve when they receive care in their preferred language.

Build more trust

“Confianza” is the Spanish word for trust, and it’s proven to positively impact patient adherence to treatment plans and therefore patient outcomes.

Improve your job satisfaction working with Spanish-speaking patients

Wouldn’t it be a great feeling to know that you’re taking calculated steps to do all that you can within your time constraints to make a bigger difference?

Broaden your impact

At Common Ground International, we’re all about impacting communities through language. Every moment you spend working on your Spanish has a ripple effect in your community!

Whether you want to, need to, or are trying to meet specific Medical Spanish goals- this course improves your Spanish and your outcomes with patients.

Registration is only open for a few days (through Sunday September 19th) and seats are limited! Simply put, this course is going to improve your communication and allow you to better connect with your patients.

MMS Weekly Schedule:

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
Live Classes:
10a Mountain
7p Mountain
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Self study & conversation partner practice timeLive Classes:
10a Mountain
7p Mountain
Next online lesson opensSelf study & conversation partner practice timeSelf study & conversation partner practice timeSelf study & conversation partner practice timeSelf study & conversation partner practice time
Self study & conversation partner practice timeLive Classes:
10a Mountain
7p Mountain
Next online lesson opensSelf study & conversation partner practice timeSelf study & conversation partner practice timeSelf study & conversation partner practice timeSelf study & conversation partner practice time
Self study & conversation partner practice timeLive Classes:
10a Mountain
7p Mountain
Next online lesson opensSelf study & conversation partner practice timeSelf study & conversation partner practice timeSelf study & conversation partner practice timeSelf study & conversation partner practice time
When you join us in Mastering Medical Spanish, you get:
Constant cheerleading, guidance and accountability from Leslie and Rory
Unstuck in your Spanish progress so you can move past your language plateau
A time-tested plan and proven strategy to get you speaking more Spanish
Improved connection and confianza – or trust – from your Spanish speaking patients
Less thinking about Spanish words and grammar
Quicker and more fluid conversations with broader comprehension of Spanish
A laser-focused approach to learning Spanish so that you know you aren’t wasting your time on things that don’t matter
Reduced anxiety and frustration with not providing the same level of care to your Spanish speaking patients
A better understanding of what your interpreters are saying to your patients and what your patients are telling the interpreters 
Mastery of the 6 essential verb tenses in Spanish that allow you to communicate basically anything you need to
AAFP CME Credit Approved
This Live series activity, Mastering Medical Spanish, has been reviewed and is acceptable for 22 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

How is this course run? What does it look like?

  • This is a 10 week course from October 6 – December 14, 2021
  • You choose your level (and we confirm with a placement test if its the right fit for you):
    • Beginning MMS: for Spanish beginners. You can know a little Spanish or know zero Spanish. This course is taught in 60:40 Spanish to English ratio
    • Intermediate MMS: for advanced beginners and intermediate level Spanish speakers. Maybe you studied a few years in high school or a year or two in college and you can manage some conversations. This course is taught in 80:20 Spanish to English ratio.
    • Advanced MMS: for advanced speakers who want to focus on fluency with advanced grammar concepts, really work on listening comprehension and improving their depth and range of medical Spanish vocabulary. This course is taught in 100% Spanish.
  • MMS consists of recorded lessons (asynchronous) that you watch on your own time and live lessons (synchronous) to practice conversational skills.
  • Each week we open one online module for you to work through on your own time. Lessons include downloadables, flashcards, quizzes, audio files, etc.
  • Each week will will host two live practice sessions on Tuesdays at 10am (Mountain time) and 7pm (Mountain time). You pick the time that works best for your schedule.
  • The first live classes are on Tuesday, October 12th, 2021.
  • You will have 1 year to access all the course lessons and repeat them as often as necessary.

How much does this course cost?

  • This course costs you just $497.00 for over $1600 in value.
  • In addition to the 10 week Mastering Medical Spanish course you get access to…(read bonuses below)

Two bonuses you should know about…

  1. You get LIFETIME access to all of our current prepackaged online medical Spanish courses and any additional courses we put out. That’s currently a $780.00 value.
  2. You also get 22 CME and CE credits for the course ($220.00 value) at no additional charge. So if you have educational dollars from your employer or you need to satisfy some accreditation requirements – use them to Master Medical Spanish!
Registration open for a limited time!

If you’re wondering what improving your Medical Spanish does for our patient relationships – check out these 3 personal stories on the impact of learning Spanish:

Jim S., MD in Oregon

Jim S., MD in Oregon

He’s been working on his Spanish for about 5 years and has noticed the following:

  • He got started speaking Spanish when his hospital switched to phone translation for night shifts – and he was unhappy with the quality of those conversations.
  • Patients are willing to share more clinically with him now that he’s speaking Spanish
  • Has deeper satisfaction with his patient interactions now that he’s able to converse and get to know them.

Jessy P., FNP in Colorado

Jessy P. NP in Colorado

Jessy is a nurse practitioner that works in school clinics and she’s been working on her Spanish for the last year.

  • She got started learning Spanish when she was about to graduate from her NP program
  • She sees a high percentage of Spanish speakers throughout the week
  • Families are delighted to speak to her in Spanish even though her Spanish isn’t perfect
  • One high school girl recently gave her a tearful thank you and expressed how much it meant to her that Jessy would put in the effort of communicating in her language for her.

Cindy A., MD in Texas

Cindy A., MD in Texas

Cindy started learning Spanish when she was took the role of Medical Director at her community clinic and noticed that they were only hiring bilingual staff… and she wasn’t bilingual herself. Here is what she’s noticed:

  • She’s not fluent but she can function in the clinic
  • Being able to speak some Spanish has really helped her workflow at the clinic – she doesn’t need so much help
  • She had an amazing opportunity to purchase a catered lunch for her clinic from one of her patients who runs a pupusa shop. It was a beautiful experience for everyone, but it wouldn’t have happened if she hadn’t connected with the woman in Spanish previously.

What are MMS students saying?

Tim D., Sports Performance Coach & Provisionally Certified Interpreter in California

Tim D. Sports Performance Coach, California

Tim has been speaking Spanish for a while but never took a formal course.

  • He spends a lot of his day in Spanish
  • He needs to be accurate in his interpretations
  • He gives conferences in Latin America
  • But he’s picked up some bad habits along the way that he wanted to work on
  • After MMS, he feels like he’s sharpening his communication and speaking more accurately

Kasey H., RN in Texas

Kasey H., RN in Texas

Kasey has been working on her Spanish for the last few years through private lessons and self-study. But it left her looking for more. Kasey shares what she appreciated about MMS:

  • The instructors knew the vocabulary she needed, and if not, how to find it together
  • All the time in class to practice functional conversations with relevant vocabulary
  • Learning how to take technical medical terms and vocabulary and explain them in simpler terms in Spanish
  • The opportunity to connect with a practice partner outside of class and keep the conversation going
  • The accountability that a group course provides

Morris M., MD in Colorado

Morris M., MD in Colorado

Morris is grateful for the opportunity to participate in MMS because he works with a large Spanish speaking population. He particularly enjoyed:

  • The integrative instructional and practice model
  • The asynchronous online lessons and homework
  • The weekly guided conversational practice with his conversation partners
  • How the course serves various learning styles (auditory, visual, kinesthetic, etc)
  • Removing the intimidation of a typical language class and the comfortable non-judgmental learning environment

You’ve got absolutely nothing to lose – except your window of opportunity.

Our 60 day no questions asked money back guarantee has you covered. If it’s not working for you, request a refund and that’s that.

Enroll Now to get started on your Medical Spanish journey with Rory & Leslie!

Registration open for a limited time!

This has been fun, interactive, and educational. It is streamlined to help you learn the most useful information to connect with your patients effectively. Highly recommend.

Arielle Krueger
Westminster, CO

Absolutely loved this course! It is a great way to practice Spanish in a classroom setting, but without the stress of it being a traditional class. With that in mind, it is on you to study the material each week and hold yourself accountable to get the most out of the lecture. If that is your style of learning/studying, then this is 100% the course for you!

Marissa Werchan
Norwich, CT

I have appreciated the varied format of lessons, quizzes, flashcards and interactive elements. I thought it was nice there was a certain amount of structure w/ deadlines, which did help me even though I got more and more behind as the class progressed. I liked the break out sessions during the live lessons where I got a chance to work through challenges w/ others. Also, you are really good at explaining concepts (like the lesson on past tense verbs with different meanings- so useful)

Carrieanne Eyre
Aurora, CO

MMS has been a comprehensive, practical medical Spanish course that provided opportunities to improve my medical spanish and has given me more confidence in speaking with my spanish-speaking patients.

Lydia Park
Flushing, NY

Common Ground International’s online Medical Spanish course is very comprehensive and probably the best anywhere for health professionals of all levels. Rory is an amazing teacher and is very responsive to feedback as he is constantly evaluating and changing program elements to meet students’ needs. I highly recommend this course!

Gail Spiegel
Denver, CO

I really enjoyed this course! My Spanish improved to the point where my patients were complimenting me! I am not fluent (or even close) but I can communicate the basics in Spanish, understand my patients better, and follow the conversation better when using an interpreter. The vocabulary lessons were great, as well as learning about online resources for future use. Rory is an engaging, patient teacher who is responsive and helpful, and feels more like a friend than an instructor—but who is a knowledgeable, talented educator. He really goes the extra mile to answer questions and make sure everyone is learning the best way they can.

Colette Russen
Brooklyn, NY

Excellent course. Very relevant to medical practical Spanish. Good learning styles with a mix of written and audio experiences. Practice sessions were very helpful and made me more comfortable. Rory was able to make sure to align levels live so you didn’t feel like you were talking beneath or above your level. Able to do my own, so if I had to skip a week, I could make it up or keep up in other ways. Would do this again.

Marian McDonald
Allenstown, PA

The course was well thought out, well run and extremely helpful. My progress in learning Spanish was significant and there was also content on understanding Hispanic/Latino culture that I found fascinating and enjoyable. As in most things, you get out of the course what you put into it. I used all the resources fully and it was very beneficial to me.

Cheryl Gilbert
Fayetteville, AR

I started with intermediate MMS and recently took Advanced MMS. The attitudes of Rory and Andrea are very positive and supportive. It became easier for me to speak spanish in class and not worry so much about being wrong. They are both spanish language experts and are available outside of class or have office hours. Rory’s videos and accompanying printable notes are excellent – very comprehensive and applicable. I especially appreciated his presentations of the subjunctive, para and por, imperfect and preterit and the comparison of tener and estar with symptoms. The live class is well-organized and we got an email before class giving an outline of what will be covered in class. Then after class, the live class video is available to watch as well as the updated outline is available to print. A big plus for these classes is that you can connect with other healthcare professionals from the class in order to practice. I am very lucky that I have had a motivated and interesting person to practice with. I highly recommend these classes. The information presented is comprehensive. Rory and Andrea are both so positive and I get to practice speaking spanish with two people from opposite sides of the U.S. who were in my medical spanish classes.

Jeannie Peterson
Madison, WI

Mastering Medical Spanish really helped me take the next steps in connecting with my patients in their native language. It’s helped me feel more comfortable with understanding their needs and communicating with them as effectively as I can. Thank you!

Blaine Olsen
Denver, CO

Connecting with my patients has been my goal since enrolling in MMS. This semester, I have been able to have actual conversations with patients and it’s because of MMS. Whatever your learning style, the CGI team has a method to help!

Shanna Moss
Raleigh, NC

I found the MMS course just by searching online, and reading the reviews really solidified my decision to sign up. I have now taken the Beginner MMS twice (just repeated it in Winter 2021) and my vocabulary, speaking knowledge, and listening comprehension are all improved. I was a beginner at the very start of my journey and now would consider myself an intermediate learner. Rory and Leslie are SO encouraging, and I felt nothing but welcome during the entire course. The live sessions are interactive and fun and having a conversation partner is KEY! I did not pursue a partner the first time I took the course, so the second time around I made a promise to myself to find a partner. It helped me tremendously! If you are looking for an interactive and encouraging environment to learn medical Spanish, this is it.

Kelsey Gober
Tampa, FL

Mastering Medical Spanish has helped me be a more effective doctor and to have a direct and warm relationship with my Spanish speaking patients.

Mark Morris
Tampa, FL

I took the MMS class in the fall of 2020 at the beginner level and returned in the spring of 2021 at the intermediate level. This class has helped me feel more confident in my listening comprehension of Spanish. But, most importantly, the weekly live sessions have greatly improved my skills and confidence with speaking Spanish. I am looking forward to taking the Advanced MMS class in the fall. Thank you to Rory and Leslie for helping me with my Spanish speaking journey.

Stephanie Scheid
Massillon, OH

I thought this was a wonderful CME course. Let’s face it…most CME courses are painful to sit through. I really loved this course and learned SO much Spanish in a non-threatening and really entertaining way. Most of the students were other health care providers, so we connected very easily with each other and helped each other out. Rory, Andrea and Stephanie were all excellent instructors. I have been stuck at a certain point in my Spanish journey, and this course helped me to move ahead to a place where I feel comfortable speaking the language. While I won’t pretend to be fluent (yet!) I know I can carry on a basic conversation, which has helped me to build a better rapport with my Spanish-speaking patients.

Suzanne Fontecchio
Erie, PA

This course is truly top notch and should be taken by every medical professional that has Spanish speaking patients. From live sessions, to weekly meetings with a partner, to the prerecorded courses, all the bases are covered as you speak, listen, read and write in Spanish throughout each lesson. Without a doubt my speaking and comprehension has improved significantly over the last few months. Thanks to CGI for such a fantastic course – this is exactly what I needed!

Jodie Cicco
Yuma, AZ
Mastering Medical Spanish
More Frequently Asked Questions
What does this course include?

A 10-lesson online medical Spanish course that takes a deep dive into all the essential components of everyday clinical encounters with patients. See the course outline & lesson release schedule here.

  • Weekly live classes for Q&A and conversational practice on Tuesdays: 10am & 7pm Mountain Time
  • Lifetime access to all of our pre-packaged online medical Spanish courses.
  • Lifetime access to the private Mastering Medical Spanish facebook group .
What if I get in and decide that I don’t like it?

You have 60 days to decide if you like it or not. If you decide the course isn’t right for you, we’re guaranteeing you a no questions asked refund.

How does this Mastering Medical Spanish course work?

During the session dates, every Wednesday we release a lesson for you to watch and learn from in the Mastering Medical Spanish online course.

The following Tuesday, we have our live practice sessions as a group. This is when we’ll have live Q&A and live small group practice sessions online. These practice sessions will be at 10a & 7p Mountain Time

What sort of technology do I need to access the course?

You can access the online course, the live practice sessions, and the conversational partner practice with your smart phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. A computer with a video camera is the recommended device.

Our live practice sessions are on the zoom platform – here is where you can download the app for your mobile device, and the program for your computer.

Apart from your computer, all you really need is some earbuds with a mic so that sound quality is good.

What level is this Medical Spanish course appropriate for?

All levels.

We offer 3 levels of MMS so that you are guaranteed to learn at your current level.

Beginning MMS is perfect for those learners who don’t know any Spanish or took it so long ago that they want to start over from the beginning.

Intermediate MMS is for those learners who can manage with some Spanish but really need to work on some essential verb conjugations expanding medical vocabulary and and building conversational confidence.

Advanced MMS is ideal for the highly conversational student who needs to work on medical terminology, listening comprehension of native Spanish speakers and build confidence with advanced grammar topics like the subjunctive.

Is the course accredited?

Yes. We offer 22 CE credits for nurses and 22 Category 1 CME credits for providers.

Can I still get a certificate of completion if I have to miss a couple sessions?

Yes, we’ll send you a certificate of completion after the course concludes based on your completion of the online lessons + the hours you attend the live practice sessions.

Is it worth it if I can’t make any of the live practice sessions?

This is exactly why we maintain the private MMS Facebook community.  As long as you walk through the weekly lessons and take the initiative to connect with a conversational partner there, you can work through the lesson content and the content of the practice sessions no problem. You can still make great advances without the live class sessions, but in the end you have to be a little more self-motivated to make sure you’re still practicing.

Who will be teaching the classes?

Leslie Foster & Stephanie Beltran teach the Beginning MMS course.

Rory Foster and Hugo Aguilera teach the Intermediate MMS course

Andrea Giganti teaches the Advanced MMS course

When is the next session that you’ll offer?

We offer MMS 2 times a year: fall semester and spring semester. So, we routinely have a September start and a January start.

If you’re uncertain you can make it work this session, register anyway and give it a try! If you decide that your schedule is just too overwhelming, we’ll be glad to transfer your registration to the next session.

We hope you can fit it in this time around!

Registration open for a limited time!

2 responses to “Mastering Medical Spanish

Kathy Kayser

Hi–I live in the eastern time zone and work from 530am-2 pm. The practice times will not work for me, but this seems very important. Any suggestions? Thanks.

Rory Foster
Rory Foster

Hey Kathy, That’s definitely a tough schedule. There are a handful of people who can’t make the practice times. And what they’re doing is watching the replays of the live practice and meeting with their conversational partners a couple of times a week to get the same practice. Let me know if you think that works for you and we can work something out. Sorry for seeing your comment so late.

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