Medical Interpreting: Anatomy of an Appointment- 0.3 CEUs


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Product Description

What you will learn This training will present a basic primer for body systems and anatomy, which will then be applied to a brief, generalized walk-through of a Doctor Appointment. Knowing general anatomy, the processes and ailments which might occur, and where they are in relation to each other will help Interpreters better accept assignments for which they are qualified.

Some pharmacology and prescription drug basics will also be presented.  Walking through a general Doctor Appointment from start to finish will embed schema that is Deaf-centric and Linguistically appropriate and empowering to Deaf patients.  Interpreters will be able to apply the foundational Anatomy to multiple scenarios within a Doctor Appointment, while also considering the role of the Medical Interpreter in these situations, applicability of HIPAA and compliance laws, heightened awareness of the Interpreter’s qualifications prior to accepting such assignments, and creating a sense of allyship and collaboration with all parties throughout the Appointment.


  1. Participants will list the 11 Human Organ Systems.
  2. Participants will infer which Organ Systems are involved for a specific Doctor Appointment scenario, given at least 2 involved organs/anatomical regions, in 3 out of 4 scenarios.
  3. Participants will formulate an alternative creative approach to working WITH all stakeholders during a Doctor Appointment, especially when the Role of the Medical Interpreter is misunderstood.
  4. Participants will compare and contrast interpreting/transliterating approaches when working with linguistically diverse Deaf patients, and generate two versions of their interpretations: one more ASL and one CASE/Transliterated.

Additional information


0.3 Professional Studies

The Betty & Leonard Phillips Deaf Action Center is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities. The Professional Studies program is offered at the 'Some' Content Knowledge Level.



Refund Policy

We will have recorded version of every webcast available. If for some reason you cannot attend the webcast at the scheduled time, you may watch the recorded version later. Because of this, we cannot offer refunds. If a webcast is cancelled, you will be given credit to view another webcast, either live or archived.

Target Audience

Working sign language interpreters

Presenter Information

Bob LoParo, RID CI, CT
Bob, holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Xavier University. He has trained and interpreted extensively with DeafBlind individuals, Alcohol/Drug Addiction Services, Theatrical/Performance (Juilliard School/Theatre Access Program/Theater Development Fund), cruise vacations, post-secondary settings, and conferences (state, regional, national, and international).

He has been involved with multiple RID Member Sections since he joined RID in 1999, including ITOC (Region V Representative, 2011), BLeGIT (Region V Co-Representative, 2009), DeafBlind (Vice-Chair, 2015), IEIS, VIMS, and Deaf Caucus. Mr. LoParo is also the Co-Chair of the Membership Committee for SCRID, Southern CA RID Affiliate Chapter (2013). Intersectionality, Power/Privilege/Oppression, and minority studies has always been of interest to him, considering his non-traditional background (Irish mother and Italian father–thus the name!) and lack of cultural Asian upbringing, necessitating his personal journey in discovering his roots, values, and identity. He has had multiple requests across the country for future engagements to present this and other Professional Development topics.

Mr. LoParo has taught at the university level since 2000 and has been an adjunct instructor in the ASL/ITP Department at El Camino since 2008 and the Faculty Adviser for the student-run ASL/ITP Club, Hands Of Friendship, since 2011. He enjoys teaching, mentoring, and presenting—assisting all ITP students and practitioners in reaching for ever-higher goals and abilities, while also mutually gaining wisdom and skills from those he works with on a daily basis. Power, Privilege, and Oppression are realistic experiences his students report regularly, so he emphasizes such topics & discussions during class. He is also a crazy-cat owner (4!), and a zombie, sci-fi, and science/technology-phile.