Interpreting for Prenatal Genetics

  • 02/02/2019
  • 10:00 - 16:00
  • Tacoma General Hospital, Mary Bridge Brigade Room
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NOTIS’ Community Interpreters Division


Interpreting for Prenatal Genetics 

What is this?  As one of the fastest changing fields in medicine, genetics a topic that is coming up more often in more healthcare settings. 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 is a special opportunity for interpreters to learn to work in the fast-changing field of prenatal genetics, using a new curriculum in collaboration with the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics. This workshop introduces basic concepts in genetics and addresses the role of the genetic counselor, common prenatal genetic tests, and the most common genetic issues that arise in pregnancy. Technical vocabulary is introduced and exercises help the interpreter learn the vocabulary both in English and a non-English language. Finally, interpreting exercises based on real-life prenatal interviews create opportunities for practice. Language-specific glossaries and practice exercises are provided in Spanish, Cantonese, Vietnamese and Arabic.  

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 the original 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.    

CE credits?  5 continuing education credits are approved from the WA DSHS, the WA AOC, CCHI and ATA. Certificates of Attendance will be awarded to all who arrive on time and stay for the entire workshop. Please allow yourself enough time to get to the site, find parking and sign in before the workshop begins. While latecomers are welcome to stay for the educational value of the workshop, DSHS will not provide CE credit if you arrive late, for any reason.

  Saturday, February 2nd, 2019
Check-in at 9:30 a.m.
PLEASE ARRIVE AT 9:30 to sign in.
Class from 10:00 – 4:00 p.m., with one hour for lunch

Where?  Multicare Tacoma General Hospital
315 Martin Luther King Junior Way, Tacoma, WA
Mary Bridge Brigade Room

Cost?  $60  NOTIS members, $80 Non-members, (Click to Join NOTIS).    

Registration?  Click the register button below to register before 5 pm on January 30th.

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.
Neither mail-in registration nor on-site registration will be available for this workshop.
Please note: space in this workshop is limited to the first 45 applicants.

Refunds?  We regret that no refunds can be given after January 30th, 2019. A $10 processing fee will apply for refunds requested before January 30th, 2019.  

Directions?  Tacoma General Hospital is located at 315 Martin Luther King Junior Way in Tacoma. The Mary Bridge Brigade Room is on the second floor near the tunnel that goes under Martin Luther King Junior Way to Mary Bridge Health Center. From the main floor (third floor) of the main hospital, take the Olympic Elevators down to the second floor, and go toward the tunnel to find this training room.

A map of the Tacoma General Campus can be found at Free parking with no time limit is available at the Baker Center Parking Garage, which is the brick building on MLK Way next to the garden courtyard. There is also free parking at the Fifth Street Garage.

Lunch? In order to keep the cost of this workshop low, no refreshments or lunch will be offered. There is a cafeteria in the hospital at which participants can purchase lunch.

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

In order to offer this workshop at this low price, no refreshments will be served. Please feel free to bring snacks if you wish.

Questions about class content? Please contact Cindy Roat at

Questions about registration? Please contact Naomi Uchida at
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