ERIC Number: ED415420
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug-14
The Medical Interpreter Training Project.
Avery, Maria-Paz Beltran
The Medical Interpreter Training Project, created as a collaborative effort of Northern Essex Community College (Massachusetts), private businesses, and medical care providers in Massachusetts, developed a 28-credit, competency-based certificate program to prepare bilingual adults to work as medical interpreters in a range of health care settings. Participation in the program was targeted to two major linguistic groups in the area: Spanish- and Khmer-speaking adults. The first college-level program in the United States, the Medical Interpreter Certificate Program is organized around three essential areas of knowledge and skills that a medical interpreter must have: skills in spoken language interpretation, multicultural perspectives, and medical content. The pilot group of about 20 students were all placed in jobs. The project also developed professional standards of practice that now serve to guide on-the-job performance evaluation, supervision, and inservice training. (Appendixes to the report include project development information, a needs survey, medical interpreter program competencies, language assessments, standards of practice, and also contains 11 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA.