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Moving Toward a More Professional Interpreting Industry (FREE)

Michelle Scott, a Registered Nurse and interpreter trainer, discusses ways in which the medical interpreting profession can “catch up” with other healthcare professions.


Facilitating Communication for Medical Histories

Interpreters can improve facilitation of communication for medical histories by understanding providers’ goals, communication styles, and different types of histories. Concepts presented by Michelle Scott, RN include the S.O.A.P. process, pain assessment, the 5 components of a medical history, communication techniques and styles, and patient reactions.


Interpreting in Emergency Department Settings

In this interview, Registered Nurse Ron Coronado describes the emergency department setting from triage to discharge. Practical tips for medical interpreters are provided for good communication, preparation, and managing dilemmas.


Problem Solving for Spanish Interpreters

Gloria Guzman, WA-DSHS certified medical interpreter, shares personal experiences as a professional medical interpreter to highlight cultural and linguistic dilemmas that are common among Spanish interpreters.


Sexual History Taking and Sex Education: Guidelines for Medical Interpreters

Ron Coronado, RN discusses the healthcare provider’s approach to taking sexual histories and providing sex education. Sexually transmitted diseases, social stigma and interpreting ethics are addressed. The corresponding glossary contains over 60 medical terms.


Professionalism in Medical Interpreting

Interpreting Professor Therese Mirande reviews the requirements of professional medical interpreting, including training and adherence to a professional code of ethics, and guides interpreters in using critical thinking to put theory about the four traditional roles into practice.


A Focus on Clarifier and Culture Broker Roles in Medical Interpreting

This interview with Laura Holcomb, CMI provides examples and guidance about how to put the “clarifier” and “culture broker” roles into practice when working with patients and providers.


Advanced Ethics—Part 1: Interpreter Codes of Ethics & Ethical Decision Making

This video is the first in a 3-part “Advanced Ethics” series. Therese Mirande explores the 5 qualities of an ethical interpreter and explores the 5 steps for ethical decision-making.


Advanced Ethics—Part 2: Self-Awareness & Cultural Identity

This video is the second in a 3-part “Advanced Ethics” series. Therese Mirande goes beyond basics to examine aspects of self-awareness and cultural identity that form the basis for ethical decision-making.


Advanced Ethics—Part 3: Ethical Situations to Consider

This video is the third in a 3-part “Advanced Ethics” series. Therese Mirande goes beyond basics to present 5 scenarios with ethical dilemmas for participants to consider. She walks participants through the 5 steps of the decision-making process for each scenario.


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