Summer Medical Interpreting Workshop 2014

The Translation Center runs an online training for its in-house medical interpreters, as required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. By popular demand, it has opened its training to non-affiliated parties. The class is open to interpreters, translators, health care providers, nurses, doctors, community educators, social workers, and anyone interested in improving the quality of bi-lingual health care.

This year, the workshop will run from June 3 - July 31, 2014. The instructor is Edwin Gentzler (, Professor of Comparative Literature, and the lab assistant is Rio Hernández, MA in Translation at UMass.

The Medical Interpreting Training Workshop is a non-credit online training that can be worked on anywhere there is Internet access. The training lasts 9 weeks, and we estimate that it takes about 10-12 hours per week to complete the assignments. The training covers terminology building (anatomy, pediatrics, dental, labor, internal, orthopedics, cardiology, AIDS, neurology), medical procedures, systems of the body, and standards of practice. All the readings and exercises are online and no purchases are necessary. The class will be multilingual, with most of the major languages included.

Students completing the training will receive a certificate in Medical Interpreting issued by the Translation Center.  The program is  recognized by IMIA and the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI). The cost for the course $1000. To register, contact the UMass Translation Center at (413) 545-2203 or 877-77U-MASS (toll free). Payment by check or credit card (Visa or MasterCard); you can click here for online payment:  quikpay.

Registration opens April 22, 2014.  When you register, you will be sent a student manual with all the information you need to complete the course. Please read it carefully. Class begins on June 3, 2014. The first 15 students to register will be admitted. The class is usually full, so those registering early improve their chances of being admitted. Please feel free to contact Edwin Gentzler at if you have any questions.

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