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    In our previous post, we talked about qualifications for becoming a professional interpreter.

    This week, we’ll start a mini-series on the different kinds of Spanish interpreters, starting with the medical interpreter.

    What does a medical interpreter do?

    • A medical interpreter bridges the communication gap between patients and medical practitioners. They help healthcare professionals better understand the needs of their patients and their cultural backgrounds.
    • A medical interpreter helps medical institutions broaden their client base by allowing them to cater to international patients.
    • A medical interpreter can help prevent instances of malpractice due to misunderstanding.
    • A medical interpreter may be required to assist in various stages throughout hospitalization, including but not limited to, admissions, consultations, examinations, out-patient and in-patient procedures; and other administrative duties.

    A medical interpreter is not only needed in hospitals. The following offices and organizations usually have openings for medical interpreters.

    • Nursing homes
    • Dental offices
    • Mental health facilities
    • Surgical centers
    • Maternity centers
    • Physician offices
    • HMO offices

    As mentioned in our previous post, education and training are two key qualifications for becoming a professional interpreter. Of course, native proficiency of the language is paramount but for a specialized field such as medical interpreting, knowledge of medical terminologies and procedures is also vital. For entry-level interpreters, landing an internship or signing up for volunteer work is a great way to gain enough experience for paid employment. To improve employment opportunities, acquiring certification is also a necessary step to landing prime jobs.

    As an interpreter, knowing the language is not enough. For example, to become a Spanish interpreter, one must understand the Hispanic culture, ethics and beliefs to be able to accurately capture and interpret each message.

    In terms of job outlook, medical interpreters enjoy a high demand. In fact, the need for medical interpreters is “expected to grow by a whopping 22% over a ten-year period ending in 2018.”

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