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17 Jun 2022

Temporary Medical Interpreter – Posted by Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Job Description

The Medical Interpreter, French, facilitates verbal communication by conveying, as faithfully as possible, messages transmitted between Health Care Providers (HCP) and limited English-speaking patients/families (LEPs) who speak French, with the focus on the transmittal of medical information for direct patient care.  The Medical Interpreter will be involved in a variety of complex patient care situations and will work with patients, families and inter-professional health care teams.

Here’s What You’ll Get To Do

  • Abide by Code of Ethics as established by the National Standards Guide for Community Interpreting Services
  • Explain the role of the interpreter by properly introducing self
  • Protect patient health information and confidentiality
  • Refrain from imposing own values and opinions
  • Maintain professional conduct at all times
  • Refrain from mediating, advocating, giving advice or expressing opinions
  • Refer patients/family members who have questions to the appropriate healthcare professional
  • Provide interpretation in the following situations:  pre-operative explanations, obtaining informed consent, post-operative discussions and instructions, family rounds, discharge planning, and specialized teaching (e.g., Diabetic, Transplant, Pharmacy and Dietetic teaching)
  • Provide sight translation for direct patient care discharge summary, medication instructions, and post-operative care
  • Provide over-the-phone interpretation related to direct patient care
  • Follow the policies and procedures established by Interpreter Services and the Hospital
  • Participate in monthly departmental team meetings when possible
  • Make on-going efforts to educate Hospital staff in how to work effectively with interpreters
  • Raise awareness among SickKids staff of the need for interpretation services as a resource to LEPs
  • Complete annual eLearning modules, occupational health requirements, and other hospital mandates 

Here’s What You’ll Need

  • Successful completion of a language proficiency test i.e. CILISAT, ILSAT
  • Certification in medical terminology from a recognized college or education program
  • Active membership with OCCI (Ontario Council on Community Interpreting)
  • Active membership with Critical Link (International Organization for Professional Interpreters & Translators)
  • Experience providing interpretation services in a hospital setting is preferred
  • Excellent organizational, communication, interpersonal and collaboration skills
  • Proficiency and fluency in English and French
  • Capacity to also interpret in Spanish or another language preferred

Employment Type: Casual, no fixed hours

How to Apply

To apply, please visit The Hospital for Sick Children's (SickKids) website:

Job Types: Temporary.

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