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Bridging the Gap (BTG), is a training course designed for bilingual individuals who desire to become interpreters in a health care environment. The course covers basic interpreter skills, code of ethics, protocols, cultural competence, overview of health care policies, basic medical terminology, communication skills for advocacy, professional development and other topics relevant to the field of interpretation services.

This professional development course is offered at Eskenazi Health through The Cross Cultural Health Care Program. While the BTG course provides the training needed to apply for jobs as medical interpreters, it does not certify individuals as medical interpreters. Also, BTG participants must pass an assessment prior to beginning this course to prove that they are sufficiently fluent in a second language.

Bridging the Gap courses are offered periodically at the Eskenazi Health campus. Each course is multiple days and runs from 9 a.m.  – 5 p.m. each day. The curriculum has been revised and made more extensive for the courses for this year. There are no courses scheduled for the rest of 2019 at this time, but information on courses will be posted here as soon as it becomes available.

This course is free to employees of Eskenazi Health and the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County. There is a cost for external applicants.  Aside from completing and passing the language proficiency test, participants must be able to attend all days of the course to complete the program. Employees must have supervisor approval before registering for this course. 

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