Intensive Medical Interpreting Training

Posted by on October 08, 2012

Intensive Medical Interpreting Training

Application and level testing deadline is November 2nd.
The 40 hour course will take place on November 30th, December 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th from 8:30am to 5pm.

LOCATION: 1216 Arch Street, 4th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107
COST: $500 for the course, $60 for the pre-registration language test

Are you ready to become a professional medical interpreter?

This exciting and rewarding career is growing fast. Professional and high-quality foreign language interpreters are a crucial part of health care delivery as hospitals, clinics, schools, and doctors’ offices serve a growing and diverse population of immigrants and patients with limited or no English proficiency. Delivering accurate medical information to patients and health care providers can save lives. This 40-hour training course trains bilingual health care professionals, interpreters, and translators in the theory, mechanics, ethics, and business of the medical interpretation field.

Bridging the Gap is a nationally recognized training that is accepted by the American Translators Association for continuing education credit and provides excellent preparation for the International Medical Interpreters Association certification test. This course is considered the best introductory course to the medical interpreting field available in the US—and that distinction is important to hospitals and health care providers, which want to ensure that the interpreters they hire know and adhere to the standards of the field. Bridging the Gap will give students a strong foundation for the professional standards (including skills, ethics, cultural sensitivity, and best practices) of medical interpretation. The course helps students understand how the US healthcare system works and their role within it, covers basic anatomy and medical terminology, examines cultural differences in healing practices, and delves into professional ethics, boundaries, advocacy, and conduct.

Students will be asked to take a bilingual proficiency exam in order to be accepted for the training. Classes and written exams are conducted in English, but students will work in their own language combinations for in-class practice exercises and role-playing. Students who pass the final exam will receive a certificate of successful completion and will be eligible for more advanced training courses.

Course materials are included in the cost of the course. All students will receive:

· A fully updated 450-page medical interpretation textbook
· A bilingual medical glossary in the student’s language combination
· A guide to commonly prescribed medications.

If you have any questions or would like to take the pre-course exam and register for the course, please contact:
Suzanne Grossman
Sales and Marketing


Basic Interpreting Skills
What is—and isn’t—your job as an interpreter? What are the professional standards for medical
interpreters? Includes techniques and skill drills.

· The Roles of the Medical Interpreter
· Code of Ethics
· Interpreting Techniques
· Sight Translation
· Intervening
· Managing the Flow of an Interpreted Session

Introduction to Health Care
What should medical interpreters know about medicine? How does the US health care system work?
Includes “A Day in Medical School” module.

· The Culture of Biomedicine
· Anatomy
· Medical Procedures
· Medical Terminology

Culture in Interpreting
What happens when Western medicine meets other cultural ideas about healing? How can interpreters
help clients—and health care providers—understand what is happening in a culturally appropriate way?

· Self-Awareness
· Basic Characteristics of Specific Cultures
· Traditional Healing Practices
· Culture Brokering

Communication Skills for Advocacy
When should an interpreter become an advocate? How can you fully understand your clients’ needs?

· Listening Skills
· Appropriate Advocacy

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