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Margareth Cruz # Posted on January 24, 2023 at 6:56 pm
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Hi, my name is Margareth Cruz. I currently reside in Providence, Rhode Island. Spanish is my first language and I also speak English. I am also learning Brazilian Portuguese. I have decided to be an interpreter because for most of my life, I helped interpret for my parents on different occasions and have been interpreting for almost every job that I’ve had. The immigrant population in Rhode Island is large, especially the Hispanic/Latino population. I am currently an exercise specialist at a physical therapy clinic and I am the only Spanish-speaking worker in the clinic. Although I do not have any certification to validate my interpreting skills, I have been able to thoroughly explain and relay information from doctor to patient and vice-versa. Sometimes I struggle with using the correct and appropriate words while interpreting because I do not remember the word off the top of my head, but I have been able to demonstrate with my hands, point at certain body parts or, like previously stated, use a slang term to help the patient/client understand.

There have been many instances where I’ve met Spanish-speaking patients who would just nod their head at their physical therapist and just do what the physical therapist does via exercise demonstrations and still not understand why they are doing what they are doing. For instance, a 49-year-old, male patient had attended the clinic 6 months prior to my on-boarding at the clinic. I met him because the physical therapist was struggling–using google translate– to help ‘translate’ what he was saying. Although the translation was correct and using the correct words, the patient was still not understanding due to his lack of education and knowledge of the subject. I stepped in (per request of the physical therapist) and was able to interpret what he was saying to the patient in a way that he would understand. Since then, he has been able to recover from his post-op injury perfectly fine because he was able to understand what was going on and what the doctor was asking of him.

Becoming a medical interpreter and furthering my knowledge in the subject will help me better understand the field but also allow me to aid those who come from different countries and have a language barrier. By doing this, many people will be able to get the help that they need, be able to ask questions and get their questions answered, so on and so forth.