SimLab Healthcare FAQ

Who is Lab7 Healthcare for?

Lab7 Healthcare (formerly SimLab) 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. Lab7 Healthcare 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 does Lab7 Healthcare take place?

It's entirely online, and we meet in Zoom. It's a great chance to get comfortable working online with a supportive group. You'll need the latest version of Zoom, a headset with a quality microphone that sits near your mouth, an ethernet cable to connect your computer directly to your router, and a quiet space.

Is Lab7 Healthcare a certification?

Lab7 Healthcare 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 (we're currently in the process of renewing our CEUs from 2020.)

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 Lab7. Ideally, at least 3 participants with your language combination would participate. So, recruit a friend or friends to sign up with you!

Are the Lab7 Healthcare hours flexible?

Since Lab7 happens in real time and the hours are set. You must commit to attend all three days to participate. See a sample Lab7 Healthcare agenda here.

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Lab7 Healthcare?

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