Interpreting in Cancer Genetics

  • 05/19/2018
  • 09:00 - 15:00
  • Red Lion Hotel (Wenatchee, WA), Cascade Room
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Please complete payment within two weeks after registration. Registration will be cancelled if payment is not complete within two weeks from registration date.

 The Northwest Translators and Interpreters Society presents

Interpreting in Cancer Genetics

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 the concepts and vocabulary related to genetics.

This 5-hour workshop was developed by veteran interpreter trainer Cindy Roat and UCSF anthropologist Dr. Galen Joseph as part of a pioneering program at UCSF to help cancer genetic counselors communicate more effectively with their patients. This class is designed for interpreters who have already received basic training, and covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to Cancer Genetics
  • The Vocabulary of Cancer Genetics
    (bilingual glossaries will be made available in English-Spanish, English-Cantonese/Traditional Chinese, and English-Russian)
  • Practice interpreting
    (bilingual dialogues will be made available in English-Spanish, English-Cantonese, and English-Russian.)
  • Interpreting Challenges
Who is teaching?     Cindy Roat is a national consultant and trainer with 23 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 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 former Co-chair of the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC), a founding member of WASCLA, current chair of the Community Interpreter Division of NOTIS, as well as being known nationally as an energetic advocate for the field of health care interpreting and for language access in general.

When?  Saturday, May 19, 2018
Check-in at 8:30 am. PLEASE ARRIVE AT 8:30 to sign in.
Class from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, with one hour for lunch

Where?  Red Lion Hotel, Cascade Room
1225 N. Wenatchee Avenue, Wenatchee, WA 98801

Cost?  $60 NOTIS members, $80  Non-members
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Registration?  Via the web (before midnight on May 16th)
Click the register button below and pay online.

After registering, you will receive an email confirmation; if you do not receive a confirmation, your registration did not go through.

Please submit a separate registration form for each person registering.

Online registration only. Mail in registration is not available. 

Please note: space in this workshop is limited to the first 50 applicants.  

Refunds?  We regret that no refunds can be given after May 16th. A $10 processing fee will apply for refunds requested before May 16th.  

Directions?  Directions to Red Lion Hotel Wenatchee can be found at Parking at the Red Lion is free.

Lunch?  In order to offer this unique opportunity at an affordable price, no refreshments or lunch will be provided. We encourage you to bring your own snacks and coffee, and there are many restaurants in the area near the hotel for lunch.

CE credits?  Five CE credits for this workshop have been approved from the Washington State DSHS, Washington State AOC, ATA, and CCHI.  Certificates of Attendance will be awarded to all who arrive on time and stay for the entire workshop.

Anything else?  If you require accommodation, please contact the NOTIS Office Manager ( at least 3 weeks in advance if possible.

Questions about class content? Please contact Cindy Roat at

Questions about registration? Please contact Naomi Uchida at

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