Advanced Medical Interpreting Workshop

Intended for interpreters looking to earn professional studies CEUs with a focus on medical interpreting.

Saturday, April 20 & Sunday April 21
8am – 5pm

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The Process: Are They Really Letting Me Do This Unsupervised? 

Interpretek is an approved RID Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities. This professional studies program is offered for 0.40 CEUs at the some Content Knowledge Level.

This workshop will break down the interpreting process from start to finish in a medical interpreting assignment. Highlight topics: assignment preparation, what to do upon arrival, specific tips and best practice for working in a doctor’s office vs a hospital setting, the art of “giving report” to the next interpreter at the hand-off, HIPAA considerations for interpreters, Universal Codes, and Informed Consent.

Objectives
Lecture participants will organize a detailed, orderly plan for approaching a medical assignment, both in an office based or a medical center. Students will demonstrate understanding and differentiate between universal codes through lecture and verbal question and answer participation. They will analyze and review through open discussion the key elements of informed consent medical paperwork. Also, students will develop and implement a plan to give report to one another with specific emphasis placed on which information is HIPAA compliant and need-to-know. They will work in groups of 2-3 then report to the larger group. Participants will experiment with various real-life medical assignment scenarios, formulating proper plans for working with a deaf client in the face of many different possible situations.

The Science: Danger! Danger! Don’t Get Any On Ya!

Interpretek is an approved RID Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities. This professional studies program is offered for 0.40 CEUs at the some Content Knowledge Level.

This workshop will prepare medical interpreters to work in medical settings while remaining safe and avoiding infection exposure. Concepts taught during this session include: infectious diseases, PPE (personal protection equipment), contact precautions, droplet precaution, airborne precautions, interpreting in the operating room including specific instruction on the sterile field, bioterrorism and suggested vaccinations.

Objectives
Lecture attendees will distinguish various infectious and communicable diseases and will be able to categorize these work-related dangers with reference to levels of protections, vaccinations, precautions needed for each disease. After a thorough demonstration has been provided, participants will practice putting on gowns, gloves and masks depending on which precautions they are being presented with. They will also demonstrate proper technique for performing job duties in a mock operating room situation to avoid the sterile field or contaminating any areas. Participants will experiment with various real-life medical assignment scenarios, formulating proper plans for working with a deaf client in the face of many different possible situations.

The Mechanics: Can I Buy A Vowel?

Interpretek is an approved RID Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities. This professional studies program is offered for 0.40 CEUs at the some Content Knowledge Level.

This workshop will consist mainly of two parts. The first half will focus on medical terminology and how to break down complex medical terms for meaning. The second half will focus on interpreting medical questions by using several recommended strategies. Medical questions can be extremely tricky and complex. It’s important to have strategies to interpret them accurately.

Objectives
Participants will demonstrate understanding of complex medical terms by analyzing medical terms based on the information taught in the first half of the lecture. Students will interpret prefixes and postfixes of compound words seen commonly in medical situations. For interpreting medical questions, attendees will learn to analyze the important aspects of questions posed by medical professionals, and will develop processes for providing more clear, effective communication with deaf patients in the medical setting. Scripts will be given out to small groups of participants, and they will then practice techniques and strategies for more effective interpretation of questions often posed in the medical setting.

The Switcharoo: Things Just Got Complicated.

Interpretek is an approved RID Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities. This professional studies program is offered for 0.40 CEUs at the some Content Knowledge Level.

Often when we arrive at medical assignment, things can end up being far more complicated than we originally anticipated and prepared for. Discussions will center on medical assignments unexpectedly becoming legal or mental health situations, or ones that involve child services or palliative care. Strategies on how to navigate complex medical situations will be discussed.

Objectives
Learners will review specific elements of the mental health evaluation of medical patients in various medical situations. Participants will also synthesize responses to multi-layered scenarios that focus on mental health, legal, or other complicated medical situations. Students will utilize open discussion throughout the workshop to debate different ways to handle complex assignments.

About the Presenters

Heather Brown, DMSc, PA-C, DFAAPA

Heather Brown, DMSc, PA-C, DFAAPA

A native of Washington, DC, she received her undergraduate degree in Clinical Psychology from Western Maryland College in 1995, with Summa Cum Laude honors and was awarded a Phi Beta Kappa Key. She then attended George Washington University for her PA training, matriculating in 1998. After that, graduated with honors with a Master of Science in Health Sciences, and a Certificate of Physician Assistant Studies in 2000. She completed her doctoral degree at the University of Lynchburg in 2019. She began working clinically as a Physician Assistant, practicing Emergency Medicine for the University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore. Heather moved to Atlanta, GA, and joined Mercer University in 2011 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies. In 2020, she became the Director of Clinical Education, as an Associate Professor at Brenau University in Georgia. She continues to work in both urgent care and emergency medicine in the Atlanta, GA area. Heather owns her own healthcare consulting company, presenting workshops and trainings across the country, and working as a Medical-Legal Expert.

In, 2013, Heather was awarded the Distinguished Fellow Award by the American Association of Physician Assistants. She has presented at both local and national conferences, holds a patent with the US Patent Office, and has published many articles in nationally peer reviewed journals, including Health Care Providers and the Americans with Disabilities Act in the Journal of the American Association of Physician Assistants in January of 2014, The History and Implications of EMTALA in the Journal of Emergency Nursing in 2019, and The Use of Interpreters for Deaf Patients and Patients with Limited English Proficiency, in June of 2020, also in Journal of the American Association of Physician Assistants. In her free time, Heather enjoys outdoor activities including hiking, traveling, cooking, and spending time with her husband, Thomas and her two boxers, Millie and Avery.

For cancelations and refunds, please contact info@interpretek.com.
• 100% 48hrs before workshop
• 50% 24hrs before workshop
• 0% day of workshop

Please contact info@interpretek.com for reasonable accommodations. This workshop is presented in spoken English with ASL interpreters.

This event upholds non-discriminatory practices and encourages a learning environment of mutual respect and free from bias.