Interpreting for Pediatric Genetics

  • 26 Jul 2019
  • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, Oakland, CA
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"Interpreting for Pediatric Genetics"

Presenters: Mateo Rutherford and Margaret Loo

Friday, July 26, 2019

  • Sign-in 9:15 AM
  • Training from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Refreshments & lunch will be provided.


UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

747 52nd Street, Oakland, CA 94609

Parking & Public Transportation


  • CHIA Member $110.00
  • Non-Member $160.00

*Last day for registration is Weds 7/24/19. Online registration is required. No registration onsite.* 

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CEU Information

  • CCHI: 6.0 hours (4 instructional, 2 performance-based)
  • RID: pending

Attendees must be present for the entire training in order to receive a Certificate of Attendance with CEUs. Attendance certificates will be emailed to participants following the training.


This 6-hour workshop is a special opportunity for interpreters to learn to work in the fast-changing field of pediatric genetics, using a new curriculum designed by Cynthia Roat in collaboration with the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics. This workshop introduces basic concepts in genetics, introduces the providers on the genetic services team, walks through what to expect in a pediatric genetic consult, and discusses genetic testing. Technical vocabulary is introduced and exercises help the interpreter learn the vocabulary both in English and a non-English language. Finally, interpreting exercises based on real-life pediatric encounters create opportunities for practice. Language-specific glossaries and practice exercises are provided in Spanish, Cantonese, Vietnamese and Arabic.

Presenter Bios

Mateo Rutherford has worked as the Supervisor, Administrative Director, and Technology & Systems Manager for Interpreting Services at UCSF Health since 2012. He holds a Master’s Degree in Integrative Biology from the University of California Berkeley (UCB) and a Master’s Degree in Spanish Interpretation & Translation from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He has worked as a freelance Spanish interpreter since 1987 throughout Latin America, Europe, Asia and the United States. He specializes in topics related to the life sciences and technology. His teaching and curriculum development experience includes Cell and Molecular Biology at UCB, HIV/STD prevention (CDC), Spanish Interpretation & Translation at UEES (Ecuador), Connecting Worlds (UC Davis) and Cancer Genetics (UCSD). Mateo also teaches in the Spanish Healthcare Interpreting Certificate program at CCSF (San Francisco) and lectures in the Nursing MA and MD programs at UCSF on language access and medical interpreting. Mateo is a CCHI Commissioner, a Spanish CERTIFIED HEALTHCARE INTERPRETER™ and serves on the Education Committee of CHIA.

Margaret Loo graduated from City College of San Francisco Healthcare Interpreter Certificate Program in 2009; she formally trained as the Mandarin language coach of the program in 2012. She started her career as an independent Mandarin, Cantonese & Shanghainese interpreter, and received her certification in Cantonese with the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters and in Mandarin with the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI). She has worked as a medical interpreter at Sutter Health-California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) since 2011, and has taken up the role as scheduler and coordinator for the ongoing City College Healthcare Interpreter Internship program since 2016. She is also a current and active member of the Board of Directors of the California Healthcare Interpreting Association (CHIA) and the Advisory Committee of the Healthcare Interpreter Certificate Program of City College of San Francisco. She holds a degree in hospitality, tourism and global marketing from Hong Kong, where she developed strong customer service skills, critical decision making and cross-cultural experience.

Registration Questions

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Host Contact Information

Margaret Loo (CPMC):

Mateo Rutherford (UCSF):

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