Interpreting for Cancer Genetics is a curriculum developed in 2015 by veteran healthcare interpreter trainer Cindy Roat and medical anthropologist Galen Joseph and her team at the University of California, San Francisco for use by interpreter trainers in preparing interpreters to work in cancer genetics. This 4-5 hour workshop presents basic information about cancer genetics, introduces specialized vocabulary with exercises, provides opportunities for interpreting practice and discusses unique challenges facing interpreters in this area. The curriculum is available here for free download and includes everything needed to teach the workshop, including lesson plans, handouts, and language-specific materials in Spanish, Cantonese and Russian.

This curriculum was developed with the generous support of The University of California, San Francisco Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center Give Breast Cancer the Boot Fund. 

The California Healthcare Interpreting Association is pleased to host the curriculum in support of healthcare interpreters' continuing education.

Click here to download this curriculum.

Click here to download the accompanying PowerPoint presentation.

Click here to download the list of approved trainers for this curriculum. 

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For questions regarding the curriculum or training interpreters, contact Cindy Roat at

If you would like to have this workshop presented at your organization, contact

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