UMTIA: Upper Midwest Translators & Interpreters Association, A Chapter of the ATA


Here you can see all of UMTIA's upcoming events. Make sure you scroll down so you don't miss any! Also, at the bottom of this page, you can find all of UMTIA's past events from 2010 on. We hope to see you soon at one of our workshops!

Upcoming events

    • 18 Sep 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (CDT)
    • Online via Zoom.

    Things you didn't know you didn't know about medical translation

    This webinar will be presented in Spanish.


    Normally, the pace of work of interpreters and medical translators is so fast that it forces us to take many things for granted. We see to describe, for example, and we translate it as "describir" without even thinking about it, when sometimes it is preferable to resort to other possibilities, such as caracterizar, explicar, detallar, especificar, referirse, calificar, definir, definirse, delinear o trazar, depending on the context. And we are not even aware that we are not taking advantage of the richness of Spanish as it deserves. It is worth remembering that the use of synonyms can enrich our work as interpreters or medical translators.

    In this webinar we will talk about many of those things we don't know that we don't know. By familiarizing ourselves with translation options for very common terms that we were unaware of or had forgotten due to disuse, we will improve the understanding of the recipients of our work (especially patients) who, in general, respond very well to the naturalness of language that is achieved by using the appropriate synonym for each occasion. 


      With this webinar we pursue the following objectives:

      1.   To understand that interpreters and medical translators tend to always use the same translation of terms that, actually, can be translated in many other ways, depending on the context and the specific situation.

      2.   To analyze in detail a sample of these terms (about 15) that medical interpreters and translators encounter on a daily basis in their professional practice, with practical examples to understand each of them in specific situations.

      3.   To offer a descriptivist point of view of medical interpretation and translation: our profession allows for a certain creativity, within the command and strict compliance with conventional grammatical and orthotypographic rules.


      Pablo Mugüerza is a Spanish medical translator EN>ES with more than 35 years of experience as a translator, both on-site (McGraw-Hill) and freelance (most of the time). He graduated in medicine in 1987 and since then has worked for the most important translation agencies in Spain and abroad, and for most of the major pharmaceutical companies and CROs. He is an external translator for the WHO in Geneva, Switzerland. He is one of the foremost authorities on the translation of EN>ES clinical trial protocols, on which he has published a highly demanded manual (the 2nd edition sold out in March 2018). Since 2009 he has presented more than a hundred workshops, courses and conferences in both English and Spanish, in person and online, in many countries in Europe and in North and South America. Currently, in addition to his uninterrupted work as a translator and ENES reviewer for the world's leading agencies and CROs, he is a consultant for the terminology unit of the Spanish Royal National Academy of Medicine and for Evidera (one of the world's largest Health Marketing Research companies) and a "trust miner" for the pioneering text mining company Exfluency. To learn more about his intense professional and networking activity, please visit his website

      Saturday, September 18, 2021
                        9:00 am - 10:30 am (CDT)

      Online via Zoom. The link to join the workshop will be provided closer to the event date.

      CEUs:      1.5 hours CCHI - ATA - IMIA (pending)

      Cost:       $ 20 for members (online payment only)
      Cost:       $ 40 for non-members (online payment only)

      Registration will close on Friday, September 17th at 9:00pm CDT

      Attendees MUST be present for the entire duration of the event to receive a CEU Certificate. We will be taking attendance. 


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    11 Feb 2020 Interpreter Support Group
    05 Nov 2019 2019 UMTIA Annual Membership Meeting
    21 Sep 2019 Interpreting for Solid Organ Donation
    04 Aug 2019 UMTIA Members & Volunteers Recognition Barbecue
    13 Jul 2019 Workshop on Special Education
    19 Jun 2019 Interpreter Support Group
    22 May 2019 Interpreters Café
    27 Apr 2019 ATA Exam Sitting- COMPUTERIZED!
    30 Mar 2019 Workshop on Advanced Legal Terminology Procedures
    09 Mar 2019 Sight Translation Workshop
    05 Mar 2019 Spring 2019 Translators Café
    08 Dec 2018 Dynamic Duo: Interpreters and Speech-Language Pathologists
    06 Dec 2018 Winter 2018 Translators Café
    17 Nov 2018 2018 UMTIA Annual Membership Meeting
    06 Oct 2018 Interpreting for Special Education
    08 Sep 2018 Sight Translation Workshop
    07 Aug 2018 Summer 2018 Translators Café
    15 Jul 2018 UMTIA Volunteer Recognition BBQ
    07 Jul 2018 Interpreter Support Group
    20 Jun 2018 Translation Workshop
    28 Apr 2018 ATA Exam Sitting- COMPUTERIZED!
    24 Mar 2018 Translating and Interpreting Challenging Terminology in Russian, Somali and Spanish
    27 Feb 2018 Winter 2018 Translators Café
    09 Dec 2017 Infection Control Workshop for Health Care Interpreters
    11 Nov 2017 2017 UMTIA Conference 11/11/17
    03 Oct 2017 Wordfast: Translation Memory Tool Training
    06 Aug 2017 Volunteer Recognition Barbecue!
    01 Aug 2017 Summer 2017 Translators Cafe
    22 Jul 2017 Interpreter Support Group
    20 May 2017 Interpreter Support Group
    06 May 2017 Childhood Speech Development
    29 Apr 2017 ATA Exam Sitting- COMPUTERIZED!
    01 Apr 2017 Anatomy and Pathophysiology for Interpreters
    11 Mar 2017 Introduction to Genetics, Oncology and Cancer Genetics (repetition)
    23 Feb 2017 Agency work for interpreters... Is it really freelance?
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    30 Jan 2017 Translator's Cafe
    21 Jan 2017 Interpreter Support Group
    19 Nov 2016 2016 Membership Meeting with Keynote Speaker Judge Luis A. Bartolomei
    12 Nov 2016 Minneapolis Secondary Traumatic Stress and Compassion Fatigue Support Group
    22 Oct 2016 St. Paul Secondary Traumatic Stress and Compassion Fatigue Support Group
    24 Sep 2016 Introduction to Genetics, Oncology and Cancer Genetics (repetition)
    10 Sep 2016 Minneapolis Secondary Traumatic Stress and Compassion Fatigue Support Group
    14 Aug 2016 Volunteer Recognition Barbecue!
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    05 Nov 2015 Interpreter Compassion Fatigue Support Group
    24 Oct 2015 2015 Membership Meeting
    17 Oct 2015 Interpreter Compassion Fatigue Support Group
    01 Oct 2015 Interpreter Compassion Fatigue Support Group
    19 Sep 2015 Interpreter Compassion Fatigue Support Group
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    09 May 2015 ATA Exam Sitting
    11 Apr 2015 April 11th, ATA Exam Preparation Workshop
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    18 May 2013 Orthopaedics Workshop For Medical Interpreters
    14 May 2013 Wordfast Anywhere: Translation Memory Tool Training
    06 Apr 2013 Note-Taking Workshop for Dialogue Interpreters
    26 Jan 2013 An Exploration of Ethical Decision Making and Boundaries in Health Care Interpreting
    17 Nov 2012 Translating Mental Health Encounters in Primary Care and Behavioral Health
    29 Sep 2012 Oncology Workshop
    04 Aug 2012 ATA Exam Preparation Workshop
    11 Jul 2012 Business Practices and Business Presence
    14 Apr 2012 Compiling a Medical Interpreter's Glossary: Obstetrics, Gynecology and Genetic Counseling
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    19 Nov 2011 Cardiology Workshop for Healthcare Interpreters
    15 Oct 2011 Interpreting and Professionalism: A Roundtable Discussion
    17 Sep 2011 Grief & Trauma Workshop for HealthCare Interpreters
    30 Jul 2011 Law and Terminology of Immigration for Interpreters
    09 Apr 2011 Urology Workshop for Healthcare Interpreters
    15 Jan 2011 Anatomy of a Court Case
    08 Nov 2010 Educational Survey Development Meeting
    25 Sep 2010 Become a Sponsor of the 2010 UMTIA Conference
    25 Sep 2010 2010 UMTIA Conference Registration
    25 Sep 2010 Advertisement Sales--2010 UMTIA Conference
    25 Sep 2010 Vendor Registration--2010 UMTIA Conference
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