Languages for healthcare & medicine embraces much more than teaching a language. This page is dedicated to the other fields: interpreting, translating, communications, medical writing & authoring to name but a few. Many of us have many strings to our bow. We work in a number of areas simultaneously or, after a number of years working in one area, we want to develop new skills. The following interviews aim to shed some light on the workings of these careers and to answer some of your questions.
The Medical Interpreter
I am Eugenia Dal Fovo, conference and healthcare interpreter (language combination: IT, EN, DE). I have an MA degree in conference interpreting and a Ph.D. in Interpreting and Translation Studies. I live in Trieste (Italy) and have been working here as freelance interpreter for almost 9 years. In 2012 I started working as healthcare interpreter for a local association of cultural mediators (Associazione INTERETHNOS Onlus (http://www.interethnos.org/) and two years ago I started teaching consecutive and dialogue interpreting as adjunct professor at the Universities of Trieste and Macerata (Italy), both at BA and MA level.
The Medical Translator
My name is David Tracey. I was born in England, but grew up in Sydney (Australia), where I studied biological sciences and then completed a doctorate in neuroscience near San Francisco. After this I carried out postdoctoral research in Munich and Paris and then returned to Australia, where I worked for many years as a medical academic involved in teaching, research and administration. After retiring as an emeritus professor, I returned to Europe with my wife Silke; I started working as a medical translator and editor of English texts in London in 2008.
The ESP Researcher & Author
My name is Susan Bosher and I am a Professor in the English Department at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. I have been working at St. Catherine since 1997 and in the area of English for Nursing since 1999. As a Professor of English and Director of ESL, I primarily teach a variety of courses, including writing and immigrant literature courses for non-native speakers of English; language studies courses, including a TESL course; and courses on immigration and the immigrant experience.