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date: 02 June 2020

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This chapter gives an overview of medical interpreter training curricula in a fast-changing, technologized world. This chapter will discuss the training models, training components, challenges, the settings in which training is offered, professionalization, and continuing education. Medical interpreting, which is synonymous with healthcare interpreting, is a situated practice and takes place in various medical contexts. It is performed either in person or remotely. In order for medical interpreters to facilitate communication between patients and healthcare providers who do not speak the same language, a high level of linguistic and cultural dexterity is required, similar to that of their peers in other settings, such as legal and conference interpreting. The number of academic and para-academic medical interpreter training programs is growing, and more research on the role, training, and technology used for medical interpreting is being published to meet these needs.

Keywords: medical interpreter training, medical interpreting, medical context, professionalization, remote interpreting, interpreting technology

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