Medical Interpreter Job Description

Medical Interpreter Job Description

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Medical interpreter provides spanish interpretation for patients and hospital staff as needed by translating medical documents and brochures, pamphlets, and patient instructions into targeted language, and should have a good understanding of medical terminology and cultural awareness.

Medical Interpreter Duties & Responsibilities

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Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Ensure that information pertaining to the patient's outpatient services, hospitalization
Participate in continuing education programs and competency training to enhance professional role of International Medical escort
Participate in the orientation and training of medical center staff regarding the services provided by the Interpretation Services Department, and the cultural beliefs and practices of the Deaf community
Assist the Manager in identifying barriers to care that patients are experiencing in navigating the system, so that these barriers can be addressed organizationally
Precept new interpreter staff
Acts as a conduit between patient and/or guest and healthcare professional for communication in the patients preferred language
May translate written documentation
Maintain accurate daily records on all requests for service the provision of services
Face to face interpretation for medical appointments
Phone interpretation

Medical Interpreter Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Medical Interpreter

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: CMI, CCHI, CHI, ATA, RID

Education for Medical Interpreter

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the medical interpreter job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Associate and Bachelor's Degree in Health Care, Medical, Education, Communications, Healthcare, English, Medical Terminology, Interpretation, Foreign Language, Computer

Skills for Medical Interpreter

Desired skills for medical interpreter include:

Computer systems
Medical Terminology
Cultural and perceptual factors that may affect patient treatment and communication
Cultural backgrounds of patients to be served
Personal computers
Complex medical terminology
Code of ethics and standards of practice
Basic anatomy
Standard office equipment

Desired experience for medical interpreter includes:

Promote customer satisfaction related to Duke services
Current N.C
International life experience is desirable
1 year Clinical Medical Interpretation preferred
Medical Interpretation Certification preferred
Experience as an interpreter in a healthcare or health-related setting

Medical Interpreter Examples

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Medical Interpreter Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of medical interpreter. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for medical interpreter
  • Translation of documentation
  • Medical Interpreters may also facilitate communication between Deaf or Hard of Hearing patients, families and staff
  • Act as a cultural broker and patient advocate as directed in addition to assisting LEP patients to access a full range of Swedish services
  • Informs providers and patients of relevant cultural issues to assist in delivering culturally competent care
  • Maintains and updates personal calendar of assignments through computer and Smartphone in a timely manner and places patient reminder calls and assists with rescheduling and canceling patient appointments as needed
  • Coordinates interpretation assignments with suppliers as needed
  • May provide translation services from the source language to the target language and vice versa, and completes translation assignments in a timely manner and with a high degree of accuracy
  • Provides complete and accurate ASL interpretation for patients, families, and facility/hospital staff in order to facilitate communication
  • Coordinates ASL interpretation assignments with suppliers as needed
  • Conducts accurate medical and general interpretation for patient care staff, patients and their families
Qualifications for medical interpreter
  • Has evidence of appropriate training and education
  • Hearing/Listening, Speaking
  • State Certified Medical Language Interpreter License
  • Two years of college and two years of experience as a professional medical interpreter
  • Adapt to the change of ebb and flow of work load
  • One (1) to Two (2) years of interpreting experience preferred
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Medical Interpreter Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is looking to fill the role of medical interpreter. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for medical interpreter
  • Work pro-actively on connecting and engaging newly-arriving families with health and mental health care as needed
  • Applications and processing for Continuing Education Credits
  • Supply purchasing for classes
  • Maintain master calendar such as room blocking and class scheduling
  • Schedule and organize bilingual over-the-phone assessments for Bridging the Gap candidates
  • Record bilingual assessment results and submit score report to Bridging the Gap candidates
  • Process registration payments and maintain registration lists
  • Coordinate breakfast, lunch and snack menu for classes
  • Coordinate instructor and class helpers
  • Prepare folders, copies and handouts for each class & instructor
Qualifications for medical interpreter
  • Training in medical interpreting and translating or experience in related field
  • Successful completion of interpreter competency test
  • Complete fluency in language(s) for which hired, demonstrated by completion of various competency examinations of language skills
  • Ability to read, write and speak the English language and their native or target language
  • Ability to service other shifts on a periodic basis, per direction of department manager or designee
  • Washington State Department of Social and Health Services medical certification or national medical
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Medical Interpreter Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is looking to fill the role of medical interpreter. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for medical interpreter
  • Respond to MITA emails and voice messages
  • Work with CHS Marketing and Events Coordinator to update information for MITA class website
  • Assist with setting up guidelines for the Community Interpreter grant
  • Process monthly reports from community agencies as part of the Community Interpreter grant
  • Maintain volunteer hours from the Community Interpreter grant
  • Maintain Volunteer Interpreter Data Bank
  • Provides skilled interpretation services for patients in preparation for procedures, locations and other general information
  • Acts as liaison between medical staff and patient/visitors to meet patient staff and visitor needs
  • Assists in the orientation and training of medical interpreters
  • Develops and maintains records and reports
Qualifications for medical interpreter
  • Professional level of communication skills, and the ability to exchange detailed message information in
  • Successful completion of medical interpretation competency test
  • 2 years of medical interpretation
  • 2 years of medical interpretation experience
  • Three years of directly related work experience
  • Must possess high verbal and written skills in both English and the appropriate language
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Medical Interpreter Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is looking to fill the role of medical interpreter. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for medical interpreter
  • Answers telephones and schedules appointments for services
  • Provides information on hospital and community resources
  • Perform on-call translation duties requiring immediate response to electronic paging
  • Spoken language interpretation
  • Maintain and update personal calendar of assignments
  • Explain hospital resources, office protocols, and limitations to clinicians and patients
  • Adheres to hospital policies on customer relations and hospitality
  • Understands the hospital’s system of service delivery
  • Written translations as required in patient encounters such as filling out forms and medical instructions, and medication schedules
  • Also assists department with on-the-job training and mentoring of interpreter practicums
Qualifications for medical interpreter
  • Previous experience as interpreter in a hopsital setting preferred
  • Progressive experience in Spanish/English translation/interpretation services in a healthcare setting with demonstrated ability to teach Spanish (conversational and medical) to staff
  • Must be fluent in reading, writing, speaking and understanding English and Spanish and be able to effectively communicate in both with patients, families, staff and community contacts in person, by telephone and in writing
  • Proficient in typing, use of MS office software including data base management required
  • Participate as a neutral party in the role as conduit of information that must flow between Duke staff and the Non-English speaking patient/visitors
  • Ensure that all information pertaining to the patient's outpatient services, hospitalization
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Medical Interpreter Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is searching for experienced candidates for the position of medical interpreter. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for medical interpreter
  • Provide precise and accurate face to face and over-the-phone interpreting services for LEP patients and hospital employees, primarily responsible for all encounters in Prenatal Unit
  • Through interpreting, identify patients needing additional guidance, education, support and referrals
  • Assist patients with consent, delivery and other medical forms as needed
  • Work pro-actively on connecting and engaging pregnant women with primary care and mental health care as needed
  • Collaborate with the Vincent Newborn Program to determine needs of the new moms and identify ways to meet those needs
  • Make referrals and follow up with other health professionals as is deemed appropriate and as a continuum of care effort, including completing notes in the medical record
  • Document in the patient’s electronic medical record when necessary
  • Document all interpreting and community health work in MI/CHW internal data base
  • Spanish Interpreter
  • Provide precise and accurate over-the-phone interpreting services for LEP patients and hospital employees
Qualifications for medical interpreter
  • Interpreters will maintain confidentiality of all assignment-related information
  • Provide interpreter services, and convey the exact message as opposed to summarizing the information in a way that is subjective and will refrain from accepting an assignment when family or close personal relationships affect impartiality
  • Interpreters will not interject personal opinions or counsel patients
  • Interpreters will refrain from accepting assignments beyond their professional skills, language fluency, or level of training
  • Previous medical interpreter experience preferred
  • Medical background or previous interpreter experience

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