The Hospital Interpreter: Anesthesia

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Filled with role playing and hands-on activities, learn how to interpret for patients being prepared for anesthesia.

Designed for medical interpreters, this five-hour course introduces interpreters to the challenges and terminology involved in interpreting for anesthesia in hospitals and other healthcare settings.

Based on the textbook Healthcare Interpreting for Heart and Mind by Suzanna Reiss-Koncar, the session includes intensive, demanding role plays in addition to interactive exercises and activities. It includes a focus on relevant ethics and standards and essential terminology.

Led by an expert hospital staff interpreter, formerly a practicing pediatrician in Uruguay and co-author of the trainer’s guide for Medical Terminology for Interpreters, this rich, informative class will benefit:

  • Medical interpreters new to hospitals.
  • Bilingual staff and staff interpreters in healthcare.
  • Senior hospital interpreters.

Note: Each course module in The Hospital Interpreter series is independent and offers its own certificate.


Feedback from our participants:

"It was a great training. I enjoyed the hands-on training exercises."

"Sylvana was a great communicator/trainer and the material was interesting and thoughtful."

"The training just felt like a collaborative, encouraging and helpful space."


Instructor: Sylvana Fernandez-Ellauri, MD, CMI

Class Schedule: Spring 2022: Exact date to be determined. Contact us for a spot on the waitlist.

Timetable: 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. ET (8:30 a.m.-2:30p.m. PT) with a break from 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. PT)


  • Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI): 5 CE hours
  • International Medical Interpreters Association: 0.5 IMIA/NBCMI CEUs
  • American Translators Association: 5 ATA CEPs
  • The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf: 0.5 RID CEUs*
  • Maryland Court Interpreter Program: 5 CE credits

*Please note that there is an additional $20 processing fee, per program, for RID CEUs.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Interpret for patients being prepared for anesthesia.
  2. Apply U.S. national healthcare interpreter ethics and standards for accuracy to hospital interpreting.

Participant requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 40-hours of interpreter training
  • Medical, social services or educational interpreting experience

Technical requirements:

  • Desktop or laptop computer (recommend i5 processor or above) with webcam (The course may not be taken on a tablet, phone or other small device.)
  • Zoom (Updated Version)
  • Chrome or Firefox (Updated Version)
  • Quality headset with boom mounted microphone Advice on choosing a headset.
  • High speed internet (minimum 5 mbps upload/10 download) Test Your Speed.
  • Ethernet cable (Must connect computer directly to router. Minimum quality CAT6)*
  • Ethernet to USB adapter (if needed)*
  • External Monitor*

*Recommended but not required

This course is limited to 20 participants. Once the course has reached capacity, those interested will be added to a waitlist in the order in which their inquiry is received.


Attendance Policy for Live Online Training Programs

In order to receive a course completion certificate, participants in our live online programs must submit all applicable documentation; complete all coursework requirements; be visible on their webcam for the entire program; and complete the applicable attendance requirement:

  • For live online programs shorter than 10 hours, participants must attend all live scheduled hours.

  • For live online programs 10 hours or longer, participants may miss no more than 10% of the total live scheduled hours. (For example, attendance of 18 hours is required for a 20-hour program; attendance of 36 hours is required for a 40-hour program.)

Disruptive Behavior Policy

In order to uphold the collaborative nature of our online training programs, Cross-Cultural Communications reserves the right to remove any participant for abusive or aggressive behavior, spoken or written, towards CCC staff, trainers or other participants. We recognize that the past year has been difficult for everyone. However, our participants, trainers and staff have the right to a safe and respectful learning and working environment. We thank you for your understanding.

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