Medical Interpretation

8Modules  /  24Hours

Module 1 Introduction to Healthcare Interpretation I

Effectively resolve ethical challenges pertaining to interpreting in a medical assignment

Read a medical term and understand its background as a skill-building technique

Identify and name major body parts and organs

Offer healthcare interpretation practice

Downloadable resources (Module 1 PPT, Body System Part 1-5 PDF, Language Lab audio: Typical Medical Conversation, Quiz 5 a,b,c)


Module 2 Healthcare Interpretation II

Apply appropriate terminology pertaining to pain symptoms

Identify the main parts of an adult’s past medical history form/interview

Sight translate medical consent forms using appropriate terminology in target language

Offer healthcare interpretation practice via individual skill exercises and role plays

Downloadable resources (Module 2 PPT, Activities 1-4 PDF, Language Lab audio: Typical Medical Conversation, Quiz a,b,c)


Module 3 Healthcare Interpretation III

Interpret at various types of medical assessments employing a broad range of terminology

Utilize a variety of terms used in physiotherapy treatment

Practice interpreting in a rehabilitation therapy interview

Identify challenging situations in healthcare interpretation and act in accordance with the Code of Ethics

Downloadable resources (Module 3 PPT, Activities 1 PDF and 3 WORD, Language Lab audio: Typical Medical Conversation, Quiz a, b, c)


Module 4 Healthcare Interpretation IV

Review types of the major medical specializations and relevant terminology (i.e. Cardiology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Oncology, and Neurology)

Interpret in major types of medical appointments incorporating commonly used terminology

Deal with the variety of terms used in pertinent types of medical appointments

Identify challenging situations during medical assignments and resolve them in accordance with the Standards of Practice

Downloadable resources (Module 4 PPT, Basic Medical Terminology PDF, Activities 6 PDF, Quiz)


Module 5 Sexual Assault

Review the definitions and context of the sexual assault, abuse, and consent

Provide opportunities to examine personal biases and assumptions and how they may affect students’ future work with victims/survivors of sexual assault

Offer interpretation practice using the Sexual Assault Care Centre documents and role plays

Recognize personal bias and deal with applicable job situations in accordance with the Standards of Practice

Downloadable resources (Module 5 PPT, Activities 2 PDF and 1 WORD, Language Lab audio: Typical Medical Conversation, Quiz)


Module 6 Mental Health & Vicarious Trauma

Identify a variety of mental health disorders and their common elements

Acquire understanding of what is involved in interpreting for a mental health patient, and how to adjust to quickly changing assignment demands

Recognize impact of professional experiences on your emotional and physical state (vicarious trauma) and apply self-care techniques to promote interpreter’s overall health.

Offer interpretation practice via repeat-back exercise, conference call and role plays.

Downloadable resources (Module 6 PPT, Activities 1 PDF and 3 WORD, Additional Reading 4 PDF) 


Module 7 Public Health Interpretation

Navigate through various public health programs knowing the relevant terminology and types of assignments

Fulfil setting-specific interpretation assignments utilizing a variety of interpreting modes

Provide ethically challenging scenarios to practice problem-solving skills within the Code of Ethics scope.

Find solutions to challenging situations on the job and act accordingly with the applicable principles of the Code of Ethics.

Downloadable resources (Module 7 PPT, Activities 3 PDF and 1 WORD, Language Lab audio: Typical Medical Conversation, Quiz a, b)


Module 8 Simultaneous Medical Interpretation (SMI)

Introduce instances in healthcare where simultaneous interpretation is required

Discuss challenges that may occur while interpreting simultaneously in healthcare setting

Review coping tactics used to maintain accuracy while interpreting simultaneously

Offer ample opportunities to hone interpreter’s simultaneous skills

Present the post training assessment expectations

Downloadable resources (Module 8 PPT, SMI recording 1-7, Quiz a, b)