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South Korea to train medical interpreters

Monday, 6 July 2009

The South Korean government has begun a program to train 65 medical interpreters to bridge the communication barrier between doctors and foreign patients. The 65 trainees will undergo a 200-hour program in English, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or Arabic. All 65 are proficient in Korean and their own respective language. The programs will consist of understanding medical communications, methods of consulting patients, domestic and international health laws, health insurance coverage, and understanding major diseases and their treatments. Trainees will take field trips to major Korean hospitals that target medical tourists as part of the learning process. Sessions are set to run from July 18 through December 12.

For more information on South Korea's medical interpreters, click the link below:

www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2009/07/113_48013.html