Medical Interpreter, Certified - Spanish (Full Time) at Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH)

Posted in Other 8 days ago.

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Job Description:

Under the direction of the Clinical Director, the incumbent provides medical interpretation for clinical and non-clinical encounters to enable communication between patients and families who are limited English proficient (LEP); and clinicians and other hospital staff. Interpretation will be provided in person, by telephone and/or by video in compliance with the National Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics, MGH policies and Medical Interpreter Services guidelines to ensure patient safety and access to quality care.


Provides accurate and skilled interpretations to help facilitate successful delivery of services to non-English speaking consumers. Explains MGH resources, office protocols, and interpreter role to clinicians and patients; makes appropriate referrals; serves as a resource to both patients and providers to contribute to successful outcomes. Performs duties in a spirit of teamwork and cooperation. Adhere to hospital policies on customer relations and hospitality. Understands the hospital's system of service delivery.
 Provides short written translations as required in patient encounters such as filling out forms, medical instructions, medication schedules and discharge instructions. Provides administrative written translations such as letters to patients, patient education materials, and other documents.
 Serves as a mentor to medical interpreting students.
 Tracks and documents encounters on the interpreters scheduling system. Assists with phones intakes, engages in general troubleshooting. Works and follows through with special projects as assigned.

Face to face interpretation for all types of encounters in the hospital setting, such as:
 Medical appointments and nurse assessments
 Family meetings
 Psychiatric and social work consultations
 Teaching
 Informed consents and explanation of tests and procedures
 Patient visits
 Administrative encounters
 Research encounters
 Discharge planning
 Inpatient consults
 Rounds
Phone Interpretation, in various situations such as:
 All types of clinical and non-clinical encounters in the hospital
 Helping patients obtain information
 Making, confirming or re-scheduling appointments
 Giving simple medical instructions
 Helping patients with any questions
Written translations:
• In-patient discharge instructions
• Assist patients fill out forms
• Medication schedules
• Administrative translations such as letters to patients, patient education materials, and other documents

Documents and closes cases assigned on a daily basis. Utilizes various computer-based systems and tools. Assists with answering the phones, take requests, and engages in general troubleshooting. Special projects as assigned.


Strong Linguistic Skills:
 Understands variety of regional accents and linguistic styles and registers
 Selects appropriate mode of interpretation for each situation
 Interprets with highest degree of accuracy and completeness
 Self-corrects, understands own linguistic limitations, seeks clarification and accepts correction
 Picks up cues from encounter participants regarding level of understanding and/or need for clarification
 Strong writing skills and understanding of translation process
Strong Cultural Awareness Competencies:
 Understands language as an expression of culture, recognizes the underlying assumptions of each party about medicine, the encounter, the illness etc.; uses this understanding to empower patient and provider to better understand each other.
 Avoids generalizations and stereotyping
 Uses culturally appropriate behavior and is able to choose appropriate time to clarify or interject by respecting the goals of the encounter
 Aware of own personal values, beliefs and cultural characteristics which may be a source of conflict or discomfort in certain situations, is able to acknowledge these and/or to withdraw from encounters when these may interfere with successful interpretation
Strong Interpreting Skills:
 Explains role of the interpreter to patient and provider
 Recognizes the complexity of the clinical encounter and added factor of linguistic barrier
 Sets tone of the patient/provider encounter to manage spatial configuration and flow of communication to preserve accuracy and completeness, and to assess and address potential areas of discomfort for patient (age, gender of interpreter, no previous experience with interpreters)
 Encourages and fosters direct communication between provider and patient
 Maintains professional distance and integrity
 Diffuses conflict between parties by remaining calm and impartial
 Clarifies instructions, follow up steps in a diplomatic, effective manner
Ethical Competency:
 Understands and abides by hospital policies on patient confidentiality, informed consent, non-discrimination and by national interpreter standards of practice and code of ethics
Interpersonal and Customer Service Skills:
 Projects positive attitude about the department and the hospital, and offers services to ensure positive experience
 Works as a team with colleagues and providers
 Addresses concerns raised during or after an encounter by encouraging provider to make appropriate referral and/or assisting with making of appointment with right resource and booking interpreter as needed
Organizational Skills:
 Ability to work well under pressure to manage stressful situations
 Flexibility to meet scheduling needs and handle unpredictable changes
 Sound judgment and confidence
 Ability to handle multiple tasks
 Attention to detail

§ Fluency in English and one or more foreign languages, both oral and written

§ Certified Medical Interpreter (CMI) or Certified Health Interpreter (CHI) credentials preferred - Spanish

§ 1 to 2 years of experience in a healthcare setting as a medical interpreter with strong medical vocabulary

§ Minimum of 40-hr training in medical interpretation preferred

§ Bachelor's Degree in any area related to science or human services

§ High level of customer service and a positive approach

§ Familiar with diversity of cultural/socio-economic backgrounds

§ Good interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills

§ Knowledge of computer systems

EEO Statement

Massachusetts General Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. By embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. Applications from protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

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