The ABCs of Medical Translation: Strategies to Identify, Translate and Manage Acronyms and Abbreviations

Format: Webinar presentations
Topic: Medical translation

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Start time:Feb 20, 2015 13:00 GMT     Add to calendar

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Language:English
Summary:Are you stumped by the acronyms and abbreviations that saturate medical translations? Do these prevent you from accepting translation jobs? Do you want to learn how to decode these terms and identify the best resources for your language combinations?
Description
Abbreviations, acronyms and the quasi-legible scribbles of doctors are the medical translator's daily bread; however, deciphering and researching these words, as well as maintaining terminology databases, can lead to productivity black holes. This presentation will provide a variety of resources and strategies for managing the translation of these troublesome three- and four-letter words more effectively. It will also address related issues, such as handling texts with interwoven English and non-English acronyms and abbreviations and the appropriate use of Latin- and Greek-derived medical jargon.
Target audience
Translators already specialising in medical translation.
Translators considering crossing over into medical translation.
Translators who want to become more efficient at managing medical terminology.
Learning objectives
At the end of this session, participants will be able:

To identify, expand and break down medical acronyms and abbreviations.

To identify appropriate resources to translate medical acronyms and abbreviations.

To adopt specific "don't panic" translation strategies to methodologically handle these tricky terms.
Prerequisites
No prerequisites.
Program
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- Inherent problems with medical acronyms and abbreviations
- Terminology shift between languages and locales
- When to retain English in foreign texts
- Common symbols, shorthand and designations
- Translation strategies
- Terminology resources
Virtual platform system requirements
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For PC-based Users:

• Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
• Required: Internet Explorer® 7.0 or newer, Mozilla® Firefox® 3.0 or newer or Google™ Chrome™ 5.0 or newer (JavaScript™ and Java™ enabled)
• Internet Connection Required: Cable modem, DSL, or better Internet connection
• Recommended: Dual-core 2.4GHz CPU or faster with 2GB of RAM (recommended)

For Mac®-based Users:

• Required: OS X 10.7 Lion, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.9 Mavericks and 10.10 Yosemite
• Required: Safari™ 3.0 or newer, Firefox® 3.0 or newer or Google™ Chrome™ 5.0 or newer (JavaScript™ and Java™ enabled)
• Internet Connection Required: Cable modem, DSL, or better Internet connection
• Required: Intel processor (1GB of RAM or better recommended)

To Use VoIP (microphone and speakers or headset):

• Required: Fast Internet connection (384 kbps or more recommended)
• Required: speakers or headset (USB headset recommended)
• NOT required: Microphone - attendees can communicate with the trainer through incorporated chat.

Recommendations

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Trainer
 Erin Lyons    View feedback | View all courses
Bio: Erin M. Lyons is a full-time French to English and Italian to English translator, medical writer, and consultant and the Owner and President of BiomedNouvelle. Her primary areas of focus include clinical research, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and cosmetic products and she has split her professional career between Europe and the U.S. She has a BA in Romance Languages and Literature from the University of Chicago and an MA in Italian and French Translation from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She has presented at several ATA Annual Conferences, as well as at the 2011 World Congress of the International Federation of Translators and the 2013 ProZ.com International Conference (Porto) and 6th Annual Congress and Training in France (Biarritz).
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