Medical translation belongs to one of the oldest fields of translation. A medical translator specializes in translating written documents, such as patient records or medical legal documents.
Medical translators work in hospitals, medical equipment manufacturers, pharmaceutical firms, and provide their translation services in specialties that include anesthesia, medical instrumentation, orthopedics, pharmaceuticals, veterinary medicine. To achieve proficiency in the field of medical translation, one has to have an interest in this special field, a mastery of special reading skills for medical texts, and a mastery of research and documentation.
Medical translators accurately translate and proofread healthcare documents and reports, such as dental records, medical charts and medical records; patient questionnaires, applications, discharge summaries, prescriptions and insurance claims, pharmaceutical documents, medical glosseries, manuscripts, psychology papers, scientific research, medical questionnaires, and more.
In addition to needing fluency in at least two languages, translators need a bachelor’s degree. Many medical translation workers hold M.D. degrees, certifications, accreditations and advanced degrees in their profession.