Working with Health Interpreters and Culturally Competent Interviewing Skills

Working with Health Interpreters and Culturally Competent Interviewing Skills is a two-hour session taught in small groups to first year medical students as part of their professional and ethical development thread. The session introduces students to the role of medical interpreters in facilitating communication between clinicians and limited English proficiency patients. Student practice consecutive interpretation techniques and discuss barriers to care faced by minority populations. In the second part of the session, students practice eliciting patient beliefs during clinical encounters using a skills-based approach to culturally and linguistically appropriate care. For this exercise, students are provided with clinical cases that are relevant to the “Block” (Musculoskeletal, Cardiology, etc.) students are in at the time of teaching.