What is Medical Interpreter Training?

Medical interpreters need much more than conversational fluency in a second language to meet the needs of patients with limited proficiency in English.

Massachusetts Medical Interpreter Training, a UMass Medical School program, provides bilingual and multilingual individuals with the essential skills required to interpret effectively in health care settings:

  • Fluency in medical terminology
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to cultural differences
  • Competency in specialized medical settings like emergency rooms and mental health clinics

Our programs, taught by highly qualified instructors, offer instruction appropriate for a wide variety of participants, from those just entering the profession to experienced interpreters:

Massachusetts Medical Interpreter Training, a program of the MassAHEC Network at UMass Medical School, has a dual purpose. In addition to helping health care institutions ensure clearer communication between staff and patients with limited English-language skills, we offer career advancement opportunities for people with multilingual skills.

We weave cultural awareness and sensitivity training into all of our medical interpreter programs. Massachusetts Medical Interpreter Training also offers cultural awareness consulting and training for health care organizations. Evaluating employee awareness of and sensitivity to patients’ cultural and linguistic needs is the first step to ensuring accurate, positive communication experiences. 

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SAVE THE DATE: Paving the Way Conference 2020

Breakout Session
Breakout Session PTW2019

Paving the Way to Health Care Access 2020

TWO DAY EVENT - Friday, June 5th & Saturday, June 6, 2020

Special Track of Workshops for ASL Interpreters with RID CEUs!

Best Western Plaza Hotel, Marlborough, MA

Interested in presenting at the 2020 PTW conference.  Please click here to submit a RFP.  Please click here to view/read the Presenter Agreement prior to submitting your RFP.

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Liliana Zagaria

Liliana Zagaria
Medical Interpreter and Trainer

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