Events and Trainings

The following resources have been compiled to help you research opportunities for continuing professional development and peer networking through live, Internet-based, and archived conferences, seminars, and workshops. These opportunities include CHAMPS’ and other regional and national events and trainings.

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Spanish Language Intensive Training
Certification Requirements for Medical Examinations of CMV Drivers


Spanish Language for Health Care Professionals

Date/Time: Friday, April 21-Monday, April 24, 2017; 8AM-5PM each day

Location: Denver Medical Society, 1850 Williams Street, Denver, Colorado, 80218

Target Audience: The course is targeted for physicians, PAs, NPs, nurses, medical assistants, and other medical personnel.  Other types of health care professionals are welcome to attend, however it is important to note that only a limited amount of time is spent on terminology for other disciplines such as oral health or behavioral health.

Event Overview: CHAMPS, in conjunction with Denver Medical Society, offers an annual medical Spanish language training for clinicians and clinical support staff at Region VIII health centers. This four-day course is an intensive, conversational and medical Spanish workshop consisting of medical dialogues, role-plays, visual aids, cross-cultural discussions, and daily practice. The course curriculum provides an experience of immersion learning, an approach that is highly suitable for those with limited time, and who must use their new language skills immediately with their Spanish-speaking patients. Beginner and intermediate skill levels will be offered, with separate classes for each level. To download an event flyer and hotel information, click here.

Course Objectives: Participants who complete the course will:

  • Acquire/strengthen ability to interview patients in Spanish, take a medical history, conduct a physical exam, give prescriptions and instructions, and intervene with medical emergencies.
  • Be exposed to a Spanish vocabulary of at least 1,500 general and medical words.
  • Develop a good flow of speech in present, future, and past tenses, and command forms.
  • Develop an awareness of differences in attitudes between Latinos and other Americans concerning time, space, clothing, foods, health, and medical care.
  • Develop skills to continue language acquisition through daily practice and experience.
  • Intermediate students will be able to do all of the above using more idioms, complex tenses and moods (conditional, present and past progressive, present and past perfect tenses plus subjunctive mood and its tenses).

CME: Continuing medical education (CME) is available as follows:

  • 45 prescribed hours by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
  • 43 hours of Category 1 CME from the American College of Emergency Physicians
  • 45 contact hours of continuing education by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • 43 hours of Category 1 CME from the American Medical Association.

REGISTRATION: Registration for the 2017 course is now closed. Please check back in early 2018 for information regarding the next training.  If you have any questions, please contact the Clinical Quality Improvement Director.


The National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) is a new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) program. It requires that all medical examiners (MEs) who wish to perform physical examinations for interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers to be trained and certified in FMCSA qualification standards starting May 21, 2014.

Please see the CHAMPS Guide to Certification Requirements for Medical Examinations of CMV Drivers for information on how to register, train, and test to become a Certified ME.