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Interpreting in Pediatric Genetics
Apr 17, 2021

International Language Services and Rush Medical Center

Interpreting for Pediatric Genetics

Webshop: 6-hour, 2-part online workshop on April 17 and April 24

What is this? Genetics a topic that is coming up more often in more healthcare settings, from primary care to cancer care. But highly technical vocabulary and complex medical concepts can present real challenges to interpreters who are not familiar with concepts and vocabulary related to genetics.

This 6-hour online interactive webshop is a special opportunity for interpreters to learn to work in the fast-changing field of pediatric genetics, using a new curriculum developed by veteran interpreter instructor Cindy Roat – the second of three new curricula being funded by the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics. This workshop introduces basic concepts in genetics and addresses the role of the genetic counselor, genetic testing, and the most common genetic issues that arise in pediatrics. Technical vocabulary is introduced and exercises help the interpreter learn the vocabulary both in English and a non-English language. Finally, interpreting exercises based on real-life interactions provide practice. Language-specific materials will be made available in Spanish, Cantonese, Vietnamese and Arabic.

Who is teaching? Cindy Roat is a national consultant and trainer with 30 years’ experience in the healthcare interpreting field. With an MPH in International Health Services, Cindy has made significant contributions to the healthcare interpreting field in the areas of training, program development, policy formulation, advocacy and organizational outreach. Her written works are key resources for interpreters, providers and administrators alike. Cindy was the principal author of the original Bridging the Gap, and her most recent book, Healthcare Interpreting in Small Bites, is being used as an ancillary text at many basic training programs. Ms. Roat is a founder and former Co-chair of the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC), a founding member of WASCLA, current chair of the Community Interpreters Division of NOTIS, as well as being known nationally as an energetic advocate for the field of healthcare interpreting and for language access in general.

When? April 17th and 24th 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Central Standard Time, with one half-hour break each day.

Where? Online through Zoom. You will receive the webshop link by email on the day before the event.

Required for online learning:
• A desktop or laptop computer. (Please do not plan to take this course on a smart phone.)
• A quiet place without distractions to take the class.
• A reliable broadband internet connection.
• Please plan to have both video and audio activated, as this will be an interactive class.

Cost? $70 per participant prior to April 1, 2021; $90 as of April 1, 2021

Registration? Please call Ana Cervantes at 773-525-8590 ext. 103, or email Ana at to register.

Refunds? A full refund will be given for cancellations prior to March 12, 2021.

CE credits? CCHI – 6 hours of continuing education credits are available to all those who arrive on time and remain actively engaged for the entirety of the class.

Questions about class content? Please contact Cindy Roat at

Questions about registration? Please contact Ana at

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