Medical Interpreting

Requesting a certified interpreter

The National Certification for Healthcare Interpreters first began issuing credentials in 2011. In those seven years, it has continued to grow. For the past four or five years, I have been consistently encouraging the use of certified interpreters. The problem is that if there aren’t any or many to choose from, people will revert to …

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How to find a certified health care interpreter.

There are two recognized organizations in the United States that provide a certification for healthcare interpreters. CCHI certification is offered by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters  http://cchicertification.org/; find CCHI interpreters here: https://cchi.learningbuilder.com/Public/MemberSearch/Search CMI certification is offered by the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters  https://www.certifiedmedicalinterpreters.org/; find CMI interpreters here:  https://www.certifiedmedicalinterpreters.org/search-the-cmi-registry Although I personally …

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Work effectively with healthcare interpreters

1.       Choose a professional certified healthcare interpreter and become familiar with the code of ethics ·         By reviewing the code of ethics, you will better understand the scope of their work and the interpreting process ·         Our library https://alfonsointerpreting.com/library/ has a variety of codes of ethics for your perusal   2.       Discuss the process and …

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Medical Interpreter Accuracy

What exactly is accuracy when interpreting? This might seem like an obvious question, but it is more complicated than you realize.  Why do I say that? The challenge of identifying a competent interpreter For individuals that speak one language, trying to determine an interpreter’s accuracy is a great challenge. The best approach is to hire …

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Things many Medical interpreters do that are not in the job description

Often, I hear complaints about good interpreters because they rigidly stick to their job description. This blog might get me in trouble with some of my colleagues, but I think it is worth a discussion. Completing medical forms There have been times that I have been told that a certain interpreter refused to help fill …

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Training & Experience (Medical Interpreting)

To become a certified healthcare interpreter in the USA, a person must first take interpreting courses. I attended an 80-hour course at Greenville Tech. I believe that only 40 hours are required to get certified. I can say however, that that 80-hour course was very basic and the minimum foundation for this profession.   One …

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My bad note taking experience

Healthcare interpreters are encouraged to become proficient at note taking. I have found note taking especially useful when I must remember dates and numbers. For this reason, I have been studying on how to take better and faster notes. I plan to even take a class on the subject at some point soon. I have …

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Time is a Challenge to Interpreters

As an interpreter, I find myself jealous of translators. They have one benefit the interpreter cannot have. The translator can read and re-read a text in question. They review the context, research terminology, and choose the precise wording. Although it is true that an interpreter can seek clarification from the source, they don’t have the …

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