Interpreters and Translators Policy Term Definition

  1. Proficient Bilingual Staff and Providers: UTMB providers and staff who have passed a UTMB Spanish Language competency test, ensuring sufficient fluency in conversational Spanish and English.
  2. Medical Language Interpreters (MLI): UTMB staff who were hired specifically to provide interpretation services for Spanish-speaking LEP patients. MLI staff will be strongly encouraged to pass a UTMB-approved external assessment or who are graduates of health professions educational programs in which the secondary language was the language of instruction will also be allowed to function in this capacity.
  3. Language Specialist: Individuals who provide translations of written materials, as well as coordinate and conduct medical terminology training courses for UTMB providers and staff.