​Medical Studies Abroad was started by Dr. David Nelson, a practicing  anesthesiologist in Austin, Texas.  He has many patients who are only able to communicate in Spanish and although he had studied the Spanish language for several years, he found it difficult to add in class time after a busy day in the OR. He began Medical Studies Abroad with the idea that he and other healthcare professionals would benefit from the combination of learning Spanish designed specifically for them while enjoying a beautiful destination location that affords an immersion experience and the added benefit of earning Continuing Medical Education credits for their efforts. 


Highlights of the Conference:
  • Classes are small - approximately 25 students in each level.

  • Each student is provided with a Medical Spanish textbook at the time of registration.

  • The conference is fully accredited for Physicians, Nurse Anesthetists, Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners, providing 20 hours of CME credit. 

  • The conference is also accredited by the AANA for 20 hours of Continuing Education Credits for CRNAs.

  • The conference is designed so that there is ample time to enjoy the beauty and diversity of Costa Rica.

  • The locations are the perfect blend of beach and jungle with close by surfing, snorkeling, ziplining, canopy tours, white water rafting and so much more!

  • Other Healthcare Professionals and interested individuals are welcome to join us for our conference. Please contact us for more information.






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