Cross-faculty and interdisciplinary initiative for Interpreting (MITS) and Medical (MBBS) students

On 28 March 2018, thirty-five students from the Faculty of Arts, Master of Interpreting and Translation Studies (MITS) and the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (MBBS) worked together in a joint-class aiming at improving the training of future doctors and future interpreters who will be interacting in inter-lingual mediation when working with patients with limited English proficiency (LEP).

Dr Harrison (MBBS) and Dr Hlavac (MITS)

Through scenarios played by the 4th and 5th year students themselves, interpreters learnt more about the perspective, roles and discourse norms of doctors when they work with LEP patients, and future GPs learnt how to communicate through an interpreter and apply best practice in mediated situations.

The three-hour joint session was organised and supervised by staff members from MBBS (Dr Claire Harrison) and MITS (Dr Jim Hlavac and Dr Marc Orlando) and consisted of a lecture, role-plays and a debriefing session.

It is the fourth year in a row that Dr Harrison and Dr Hlavac have been conducting these essential and very successful joint-classes.

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