POSTPONED Interpreting for Diabetes Care

  • 03/14/2020
  • 10:00 - 15:00
  • Multicare / Tacoma General Mary Bridge Brigade Room
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This event has been postponed due to public health concerns. We hope to reschedule when possible.

Community Interpreter Division presents

Interpreting for Diabetes Care

Tacoma General Hospital has cancelled all large community gatherings as a precaution. 

Diabetes is a very serious, life-threatening illness that is affecting more and more people in our society and around the world. As interpreters, we need a basic understanding of this condition in order to effectively help patients and providers communicate with each other. The more we understand the situation we’re interpreting, the better and clearer our work will be.  This workshop will present vocabulary related to the symptoms, diagnostic testing, complications, treatment and management of the different types of diabetes. It is designed for medical interpreters of all languages, as well as court interpreters who may need to use these terms in court. The material will be presented through slides and handouts, as well as videos of providers and patients; participants will receive lists of the terms in English that they can translate into their second language, and we will discuss resources to help us find accurate translations of these as well as other terms that may come up. There will also be opportunities to practice during the class.

Joe Tein is a medical interpreter and a Washington State certified court interpreter. He holds a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology and is also a freelance medical translator, working from Spanish and Italian into English. Mr. Tein is the creator of the Washington State AOC Court Interpreters’ English-Spanish glossary of legal terms and is the second author of the most comprehensive Italian medical acronym website ( He has taught numerous classes and workshops for medical and court interpreters over the years, both in person and through online webinars. A participant in one of his classes wrote: “Joe has a way of teaching a lot of material in an interesting manner that keeps the students engaged.”

CE credits?  4 continuing education credits have been approved by the WA AOC, the WA DSHS, the CCHI, and the 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.

When?  Saturday, March 14, 2020
Check-in at 9:30 a.m.
 PLEASE ARRIVE AT 9:30 am to sign in.
Class from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., with one hour for lunch

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

Cost?  $40  NOTIS members, $60 Non-members, (Click to Join NOTIS).    

Registration?  Register by March 9th. Click HERE to register.

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 that registration will be automatically canceled if payment is not received within 15 minutes.
Please note: space in this workshop is limited to the first 50 applicants.

Refunds?  We regret that no refunds can be given after March 9th, 2020. A $10 processing fee will apply for refunds requested before March 9th, 2020.  

Parking?  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 parking with no time limit is available at the Fifth Street Garage. 

Refreshments? In order to offer this learning opportunity at an affordable price, no refreshments will be provided. We encourage you to bring your own snacks and coffee.  

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 Joe Tein at

Questions about registration? Please contact Naomi Uchida at

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