Bridging the Gap, created by The Cross Cultural Health Care Program, is a 40-hour professional development course that trains bilingual individuals to work as medical interpreters in hospitals and clinics. The course introduces attendees to critical skills required for successful interpreting in the medical field.
Topics covered in the training course:
Introduction to critical interpreting skills: the roles of the medical interpreter, code of ethics, mode of interpretation, managing the flow of an interpreted session, memory development
Culture and its impact on interpreting: cultural barriers, culture brokering, culture of biomedicine
Healthcare information: an overview of the healthcare system in the United States, culture of biomedicine, anatomy, medical procedures and terminology
Communication skills for advocacy: listening skills, communication styles
Professional Development: Effective communication, professional conduct, resources for professional growth.
Course environment: active, student learn through participatory training techniques, including role-playing, group discussions and practicing medical interpreting.
Who can benefit from Bridging the Gap training?
1) Bilingual healthcare providers and professionals who also serve as interpreters in the workplace
2) Community navigators who provide interpretation in a clinical settings
3) Bilingual individuals who wish to pursue a career in professional medical interpreting
4) Bilingual individuals who wish to become a certified medical interpreter.
** For interpreters to be eligible for national certification from NBCMI and/ or CCHI, they need to complete a minimum of 40-hour interpreter training.