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Sara Abbasova # Posted on September 19, 2022 at 10:47 pm

By doing a pre-session with yourself, you are laying the groundwork for a successful encounter. Thinking about what kind of appointment it is and what terminology might be used will be very helpful, you are able to research a few unknown terms or review some material so that it is fresh in your mind. An interpreter needs to be quick on their feet and have a good memory, being prepared shows that you are professional and helps you have a smooth session with both the provider and the patient.

By doing a pre-session with the provider and the patient, you can explain who you are and establish boundaries. As an interpreter, you are only there you convey the information from one person to the other, a mediator in a way, and not there to give personal opinions. The doctor must be speaking to the patient and not the interpreter, and the patient must also speak to the doctor because they are the ones who are having the conversation.

I don’t think it’s always necessary to do a pre-session with providers, you should definitely introduce yourself previously, but if you know the provider unless they have a specific concern they’d like to address with the patient, it’s alright to proceed without speaking beforehand.