Spanish Interpreter Series: The Medical Interpreter



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.”

Expert Spanish Interpreters in San Diego

In California, clients looking for a topnotch Spanish interpreter in San Diego or Orange County go to The Spanish Group.

The Spanish Group is a Spanish learning center that provides Spanish lessons, tutorials, translations, interpretations and other Spanish language services. The group is known for its unorthodox method of teaching which focuses on the learner’s pace, preferred style and level of language acquisition. It is also known being home to highly qualified Spanish medical interpreters in San Diego who are as warm and patient as they are highly skilled and effective.

In addition to having field-related certifications, The Spanish Group’s Spanish medical interpreters are industry veterans and practitioners who bring genuine expertise to their interpreting work.

To get a quote from a Spanish interpreter in San Diego or Orange County, call (800) 460-1536 or visit Interested students or clients can also follow The Spanish Group on Twitter ( or on Facebook (


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