The Language Initiatives Program at the Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities Service of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center offers an array of innovative and highly interactive trainings for interpreters, providers, and patients.
Our student-centered medical interpreting courses encourage active and creative participation. Students act as providers, patients, and interpreters as they explore the role and the ethics of the interpreter in a health care setting and learn about the complexities of the biomedical culture through a collection of nationally recognized videos presented as case studies. Students are required to submit voice recording interpreting assignments of medical exchanges that resemble real life encounters and receive timely and structured feedback from our language coaches. They also have access to a wealth of resources on our website, including bilingual glossaries and local and national interpreter organizations dedicated to the growth of the profession. Our students acquire the cultural and linguistic competencies to seamlessly facilitate clear and cohesive patient-provider communication.
Founded by a medical doctor in 1989, our Program is staffed with linguists certified as interpreters by CCHI and medical researchers. We are founding members of the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care and active advisors to CCHI. We have trained over 2,000 individuals in more than 20 languages and host the Program for Medical Interpreting Services and Education, PROMISE (a highly popular NYC based training and employment program for interpreters).
We offer: Medical Interpreter Training (Consecutive and/or Simultaneous), including Dual Role; Preparation Workshops for the CCHI Examinations; an Online Practicum through our Multilingual Virtual Language Lab (VITAL); Interpreter Screening and Evaluation, among others. We also train providers and health care staff on how to effectively work with medical interpreters. All our trainings include a language specific component.
Courses can be held on-site, at the provider facilities or online.