Continental Interpreting Launches New Medical Interpreting Training Institute

New medical interpreting classes available in Southern California for bi-lingual medical professionals and aspiring medical interpreters.
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ANAHEIM, Calif. - April 17, 2014 - PRLog -- Continental Interpreting Services, a leading interpreting and document translation company based in Southern California, has announced the launch of their medical interpreting training institute. The Medical Interpreting Institute of California (MIICA) will be offering the nationally recognized Bridging The Gap (BTG) medical interpreting training program. The BTG course qualifies as a 40-hour training prerequisite needed to pursue a medical interpreter certification through The National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI) and Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI).

MIICA’s Bridging the Gap (BTG) Course will cover:

* Basic interpreter skills: roles, ethics, conduct and clarifier interpreting.

* How to manage the flow of the session.

* Introduction to the health care system, anatomy, and basic medical procedures.

* Interpreting culture: self-awareness, basic characteristics of specific cultures, traditional health care in specific communities, and culture brokering.

* Professional development: effective communication, professional conduct, self-care, and resources for professional growth.

* Communication Skills for advocacy: how doctor thinks, listening skills, and communication styles.

In a healthcare setting with language barriers, it’s important to have a trained medical interpreter to facilitate communication. Often times, things get lost in translation and it can be a matter of life or death. “Our goal is increase the supply and accessibility of trained medical interpreters through MIICA” says Stephanie Fiorito, Continental Interpreting Services, Marketing Manager. “MIICA is offering the very first Bridging the Gap course in Southern California and it’s a great opportunity to bring this course to the most ethnically diverse region of California”.

MIICA is the result of Continental Interpreting’s vision of meeting growing language demands in the healthcare industry. Recent studies have shown the population of Spanish and other foreign language speakers to be on a sharp incline across the nation. “As these communities grow, healthcare facilities will need to rely on in-house or outsourced trained medical interpreters” says Veronica Amador, Director of Operations at Continental Interpreting Services. “MIICA’s 40-hour BTG course gives hospitals and clinics the opportunity to quickly train bilingual employees in improving communication and developing a more impactful patient-to-provider relationship”.

Bridging language gaps in healthcare settings are important not only for the patient’s well-being but it reduces risks for the healthcare provider. MIICA’s courses train medical interpreters to listen to patient concerns, make sure patient needs are met, and convey a sense of care from the physician’s perspective. “Medical interpreting is about more than just being able to speak the language and interpret medical terms” says Luis Echeverry, Continental Interpreting Services President and CEO. “What these courses will do is give confidence to the interpreter to not only interpret accurately and efficiently but to also know when and how to advocate on behalf of the patient.”

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About Continental Interpreting

For more than 20 years, Continental Interpreting Services has provided customers in a variety of industries with language solutions that bridge communication gaps and transcend cultural barriers. Whether we’re providing a single interpreter for a deposition or wide-ranging support for a large conference, we deliver exceptional, expert service from start to finish. Our in-depth experience and broad network enable us to offer the best on-demand language services— statewide, nationwide and worldwide. Same day requests are never a problem. Our extensive network of interpreters and translators makes it easy to find the language professional you need for last-minute assignments and fast turnaround times.

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