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Massachusetts Medical Interpreter Training

Helping bridge communication barriers faced by patients accessing healthcare services.

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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.

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

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

What Programs We Offer For You

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:

Fundamentals of Medical Interpreting Training Schedule

60-hour Fundamental Medical Interpreting Course 

Customized Medical Interpreter Training at worksites

Continuing Education Seminars 

Train-the-Trainer Programs

Conferences for Medical Interpreters and those interested in improving healthcare access for those with limited English-language skills

Become a Medical Interpreter

If you are interested in becoming a medical interpreter or would like to get more information about the training, please email us. You can learn if this training is a right fit for you. We will also add you to our contact list and contact you once the registration window opens for our next training session.

If you are employees of health centers that accept Mass Health, you may qualify for a discounted rate for the training. Please get in touch with us to learn more.

Massachusetts Medical Interpreter Training, a program of the MassAHEC Network at UMass Chan Medical School, has a dual purpose. In addition to helping healthcare 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 healthcare organizations. Evaluating employee awareness of and sensitivity to patient’s cultural and linguistic needs is the first step to ensuring accurate, positive communication experiences. 

Our Industry Partners

Center for Health Impact

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