A Preview of Basic Genetics Knowledge and Terminology for Healthcare Interpreters
After delivering Cindy Roat’s training curricula on Interpreting for Cancer Genetics, Pre-natal Genetics and Pediatric Genetics, the presenter realized that there is a foundation of general molecular, cellular and genetics knowledge that would greatly enhance the medical interpreter’s ability to understand medical appointments involving any conversation about genetics. In these 5-6 hour trainings, much focus is on the particular specialty of genetic counseling and practice exercises. This workshop would take the interpreter on a journey of deeper understanding of how genetics work from the molecular level to organism level with simple explanations, diagrams and analogies. Presenter will also have handouts and group exercises to help conceptualize the terminology and science. Come and learn why heterozygosity and homozygosity have nothing to do with the patient’s sexual orientation (or do they?), why crossing-over is not about pedestrians vs. drivers or dying, why even a simple genetic error in the cells’ recycling center can lead to devastating consequences for the patient, and much, much more.
This training will provide interpreters with a well-grounded understanding of the basic concepts of human genetics. Interpreters will better be able to understand the hows and whys of any medical appointment involving genetic testing, treatment, counseling. And most importantly, interpreters will have the tools they need to know what they don’t know and how to ask for clarification.
1. Interpreters will learn the basic foundations of human genetics.
2. Interpreters will learn the basics of molecular biology in human genetics.
3. Interpreters will learn the basics of cellular mechanisms in human genetics.
4. Interpreters will have the opportunity to learn the terminology behind complicated (interesting) genetic concepts.