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"IMIA Conference Boasts Diversity of Specialized Workshops"

Excerpt from the IMIA Website: The Link to the Original Article Below…

“Cambridge, MA, August 18, 2010

The International Medical Interpreter Association boasts 48 workshops for its Annual Conference to be held September 3-5, 2010 at the Harvard Medical School Conference Center in Boston.

A record number of abstract submissions were submitted by nationally and internationally recognized experts, to be presented in 45-minute workshops over the course of the three day event.  “There’s something for everyone” says IMIA Vice President Anita Coelho Diabate on the offerings Read the rest of this entry »

New Pushes on Standards and Certification for Interpreters

National standards and certification for healthcare interpreters are drawing closer to reality. The National Coalition on Healthcare Interpreter Certification (NCC), a group of 18 organizations, is collaboratively studying best practices and developing a single, national process for assessing, training, testing, and certifying medical interpreters.

As we’ve reported previously in The Interpreter, CultureSmart takes part in efforts of The National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC), a Coalition member, to develop national standards for medical interpreter training. A grant that NCIHC received from The California Endowment is funding the Coalition’s work. Coalition committees are examining topics including certification for languages of lesser diffusion and continuing education for interpreters. Another effort toward national certification is also progressing: The International Medical Interpreters Association is working with Language Line University and PSI Services on a program that would use prerequisites, a written exam, and skills assessment for certification.