UK - possibilities for individual modules in medical specialties
Thread poster: Wendy Cummings

Wendy Cummings  Identity Verified
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May 1, 2009

Trying to specialise in the medical field, I find that there are particular areas that are more in demand, and generate most of my work. E.g.
- Radiography reports
- Oncology
- Heart pathologies

I would therefore be very interested in taking courses to learn more about these specific issues.

Does anyone know if such things exist (short courses focussing on such a specific area of medicine), or perhaps whether universities allow students to take just one module of a more general course (e.g. a medical degree)?

I am UK based.


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Why not contact your local medical school and ask! May 1, 2009

Hi Wendy,

I don't know about specific courses, but I would have though most universities would be prepared to let you sit in on a relevant lecture provided there's space in the theatre - why not contact your local medical school and ask?

You could also look out for public lectures on the subjects you're interested in - try

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Select medical specialties with highest & most-frequent demand May 1, 2009


Ref your query.

Do you want work as a

1. Translator of a patient's documents to elicit admission data, clinical reports, medical records, etc.?


2. On-scene or over-the-phone interpreter?

If # 2, you might take available courses and pursue other methods for learning the protocols, clinical procedures, and vocabularies for these high-volume practice areas:

A. Patient admission, screening and initial assessment, esp. the patient's personal and family medical history and the patient's description of the particular complaint or injury which caused him or her to present for treatment

B. Emergency Room/trauma center/"urgent care" facilities


You might also query the general hospitals and private clinics near you about [1] what parts of their operations routinely or likely require the services of a translator or an interpreter and [2] how do they find & obtain those services when needed.

Some larger hospitals (and a few private specialty clinics) in the US and Canada tend to use on-call service contracts with language services firms, rather than rely on independent practitioners.

A few other hospitals (i.e., Cedars Sinai Med Ctr in Los Angeles) which service large numbers of L2 patients have in-house language services units, usually managed & operated by the HR department.

Hope this helps you focus your time and effort for research and training.


Stephen H. Franke
English - Arabic,
Kurdish, and Persian
San Pedro, California

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I think there's a real gap in the market May 1, 2009

regarding courses in medical translation. I would do one like a shot, but the only thing I can find is the MSc at Imperial, which is very intensive, very expensive and has a much broader remit than just medical translation.

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Soonthon LUPKITARO(Ph.D.)  Identity Verified
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CDs and websites Oct 8, 2010

Many CDs available in markets on medical subjects and websites of health institutions are my good resources e.g. on anatomy, AIDS, cancer. I also attended many medical symposiums and academic presentations.

Soonthon Lupkitaro

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