Suggestions for Working with these Situations

  1. Work with “To the Heart of the Matter” to develop a better understanding of the Cardiovascular system.
    Using “To the Heart of the Matter,”  develop your understanding of the structure and function of the cardiovascular system.
  2. Do prediction/preparation for interpreting this appointment.
    Using resource suggested on page 12, prepare for interpreting this appointment looking at what conditions and procedures might be discussed during a cardiology appointment.
  3. Practice checking-in for an appointment.
    As an interpreter in medical settings, you need to be prepared to handle the check-in in an efficient and effective way. On page 13, there is a video which allows you to practice and some perspective from Nancy Niggley on how she handles the many check-ins that she does throughout the course of her work.
  4. Meet the Deaf patient.
    On page 14, there is an extensive narrative by Roger Brown, with brief commentary from Anna, explaining his experience in having double knee surgery. This was filmed while waiting for the doctor to arrive–much as you might have time with a patient in an examination room. Use this opportunity to familiarize yourself with Roger’s language style.
  5. Interpret the appointment in a consecutive manner.
    The first offering of the actual interaction is presented in a format designed for consecutive interpretation. Each turn is offered as a separate movie, allowing you to work on interpreting without the constraints of time.
  6. Observe/analyze the original interpretation.
    The interpretation is also offered as it was actually performed. The video contains a shot of the doctor and interpreter, as well as the Deaf consumers. Using a framework developed by Dr. Melanie Metzger, you can analyze the interpretation to be more effectively prepared for working in actual settings.
  7. Interpret the appointment in a simultaneous manner.
    After having spent time preparing for the content of the appointment, and analyzing the features which might present a challenge, go ahead and interpret the appointment in a simultaneous manner.

Note: The appointment is broken up into three sections. The first involves the doctor gathering past history information from the patient. The second is a a physical exam and does not contain the actual interpretation. The third is when the doctor provides his recommendation to the patient. In working through these steps, you might want to work through the complete process with the first section of the appointment before moving on to subsequent sections.

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