Online Seminars for Medical Interpreters

September 24, 2016 - February 11, 2017

The National Center for Interpretation, a leader in the field of interpreter training and testing, is pleased to announce our Online Seminars for Medical Interpreters, or OSMI. OSMI is a series of webinars for both new and experienced medical interpreters. NCI’s online medical interpreter training is based on its Medical Interpreter Training Institute (MITI), offered each summer since 2003. To date, we have trained over 400 healthcare interpreters.

NCI’s OSMI focuses on areas essential to the medical interpreter, including:

  • Interpreter ethics and protocol
  • Cultural issues in medical interpreting
  • Interpreting modes and techniques
  • Concepts and terminology
  • Skill development (focused on consecutive interpretation and sight translation)
  • Major diseases and medical specializations with a focus on patient medical history, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and depression

NCI’s Online Seminars for Medical Interpreters (OSMI) webinars all count for 3-4 ATA Continuing Education points.

Language Neutral Webinars

These webinars are conducted entirely in English. The instructor reviews the terms, concepts and techniques associated with each topic. Students are required to actively participate in the discussions during and after each presentation.

English <> Spanish Webinars

After an introductory lecture for each interpretation mode (or medical topic), participants engage in small group work and critique and analysis of interpretations with the instructor.  This work consists primarily of actual interpreting practice through role-playing and/or pre-recorded scripts and documents.  Skill-building in the consecutive mode of interpretation includes specialized terminology, concepts, and opportunities to practice memory techniques and notetaking.  Sight translation exercises include specific documents related to hospital and medical-related scenarios, giving students an opportunity to practice both formal and informal registers of language.  During and after each skill development session the instructor provides feedback and critique.  This critique usually covers both the strengths and areas that need improvement, including grammar, vocabulary, and specialized terminology.

2 Exam Preparation Courses

For those who plan to take either the CCHI (Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters) or NBCMI (The National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters) certification exams, we offer written exam and oral exam preparation courses as part of the OSMI.

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