“If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave
a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.”   Margaret Mead

Genetic Counseling with Medical Interpreters

Thanks to Carrie Prochniak, Master’s candidate in Genetic Counseling at the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, for her work as a contributing author for this case.

Commentary by Gloria A. Sanchez-Araiza, MS, MPH, CGC, Project Manager, OB/GYN Department, Otay Mesa MOB

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this case, genetic counselors will be able to:
  1. Determine when patients need interpreter services and how to obtain those services.
  2. Differentiate between the roles of the traditional interpreter and the cultural broker.
  3. List strategies for effective contracting with a medical interpreter before a genetic counseling session.





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