Muslim female doctor explaining chart to patient at hospitalThe Medical Interpreter 40-hour Course offers an introduction to cross-cultural communications in a medical setting exclusively and is offered primarily for hospital and clinic staff working with LEP patients and their families. It’s intended for “dual-role interpreters,” meaning medical professionals who will be using their interpreting skills while carrying out their professional duties. This course is in English using the internationally recognized Cross-Cultural Communications curriculum “The Medical Interpreter” available online or onsite when possible. DOWNLOAD THE PDF FLYER FOR COURSE DETAILS.

Healthcare institutions interested in providing this training to their staff are invited to contact Cecilia Portal, VCI Founder, and Director at or at 505-596-0592.

The healthcare institution will select and refer staff members for the training. A minimum of nine and a maximum of 16 participants is required.


  1. Age 18 or older.
  2. Must be bilingual and successfully pass the reading comprehension and language proficiency assessments.
  3. Have a high school diploma or equivalent.


The healthcare institution will identify and refer the staff members who will be participating in the course.