The Role of the Medical Interpreter During a Pandemic Outbreak
Taught By Associate Professor Nico Parmley
Accuracy, confidentiality, impartiality, respect, cultural awareness, role boundaries, professionalism, professional development and advocacy are the core standards of practice for interpreting in health care. What are some of the unique challenges a viral outbreak or pandemic like COVID-19 might present to the faithful adherence to these standards? What is the role of the interpreter? Which of these standards become increasingly relevant/irrelevant during an outbreak? This talk will explore challenges the medical interpreter might confront during a pandemic crisis, in order for them to prepare and perform their craft with the highest integrity and adherence to ethical standards. Talk in English and Spanish.
Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies
Nico Parmley is a scholar of Hispanic poetry, medieval and early modern Iberian literatures and cultures (Arabic, Hebrew, Castilian and Portuguese), and medieval Islamic philosophy. He teaches courses on the Spanish language, the development of Spanish poetry from the Middle Ages to the present, the Baroque problem of thought and Spanish for the professions.
COVID-19: A Liberal Arts Approach to the Study of a Global Pandemic was created in the spring of 2020 as a special one-credit course for Whitman College’s most newly admitted students, offering them an opportunity to get to know our distinguished faculty and to study a significant event in human history.