SimLab Healthcare interpreters need to have at least 40 hours of formal training for healthcare interpreters. Healthcare interpreters work in medical settings, facilitating communication between healthcare staff and patients. While we will work on best practices for interpreting, SimLab participants do not receive training on standards and protocol, as the expectation is that they've already had foundational training. SimLab is not meant for conference interpreters working in medical settings where healthcare professionals communicate among each other.
What are the learning objectives?
Understand how to prepare for an interpreting assignment. Understand and practice best practices for consecutive and simultaneous interpreting in an online setting. Practice consecutive interpreting in unscripted clinical encounters. Practice and observe decision making in unscripted clinical encounters. Practice giving and receiving goal-oriented, interpreter-driven feedback. Through engaging in dialogue with interpreters and medical professionals, identify areas for inter and intra-professional collaboration to improve healthcare access for non-English speaking communities.
Where is SimLab?
As long as it's not safe for everyone to make travel plans, it's entirely online! We meet in Zoom. It's a great chance to get comfortable working online with a supportive group.
Is SimLab a certification?
SimLab is not a certification, but you do get a certificate of attendance at the end. Interpreters certified through CCHI, NBMCI, and RID will earn CEUs!
What languages can participate?
All languages are welcome, and we'd love to have a mix of languages, but you must have a language partner for SimLab. Recruit a friend to sign up with you!
Are the SimLab hours flexible?
Since SimLab happens in real time and the hours are set. You must commit to attend all three days to participate. See a sample SimLab agenda here.
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