Key Topics:

  • Active listening, note-taking
  • Sight translation skills
  • Consecutive interpreting skills
  • Medical Terminology: Roots/prefixes/suffixes
  • Anatomy, Body systems
  • Common interpreting errors
  • Elements of communication, shadowing and reflection of emotion
  • IMIA and NCIHC Code of Ethics
  • IMIA Standards of Practice
  • Techniques for culture brokering
  • Techniques for improving short-term memory skills

Course Objectives:

  • To identify the purpose of healthcare interpreters.
  • To define the primary roles of the interpreter using the IMIA and the NCIHC Standards of practice
  • To identify the spheres of power for each member of the triad: doctor, patient, interpreter
  • To identify the elements of communication
  • To explain, in detail, and abide by the elements of the IMIA and NCIHC medical interpreter code of ethics.
  • To demonstrate interpreting in healthcare settings with proper positioning and emphasis on reflection of emotion, use of first person, accuracy to meaning.
  • To demonstrate the modes of interpreting and settings where each one is used.
  • To identify common interpreting errors healthcare interpreters make.
  • To perform interpreter’s introduction to patient and provider.
  • Learn and practice unobtrusive positioning of interpreter, patient and provider.
  • To perform sight-translations.
  • Be knowledgeable about HIPAA and follow guidelines.
  • Interpret in a consecutive mode with transparency, completeness and accuracy.