Medical Terminology and Body Systems Intensive

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Interpreter Services

2025 Traverwood Dr.


Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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Medical Terminology and Body Systems Intensive 1-day refresher course!

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This one day course can be a refresher for experienced students that completed Medical Terminology classes previously or for those who'd like a new look at medical terminology . All are welcome! This class gives a short overview of what we call ‘word building’, which is the knowledge of how all medical terms are structured. It’s a quick, efficient and amazingly easy way for anyone to learn medical terminology.

During the first part of the class, you will learn how to recognize the meaning of a medical term by dividing the word into its three basic components: the prefix, root and suffix. By knowing the meanings of the prefixes, suffixes, and root words, you can easily make sense of a medical term.

During the second part of the class, through lecture, practice and games, we will look at some common medical terms that describe symptoms, tests and procedures and common problems in Cardiovascular and Musculoskeletal systems, and in Pulmonology and Gastroenterology. We will dip into Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology. This workshop will help interpreters and all interested to know what to expect, how to prepare themselves and how to enhance their skills when they work with patients in different medical settings.

Course Objectives

- Memorize 5 prefixes, 5 suffixes and 5 root words.

- Define 3 commonly used terms in different specialties.

- Describe 5 different diseases and/or symptoms commonly seen in multiple medical specialties

Date, Time, and Location

Saturday, November 7 2020 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Location: 2025 Traverwood Dr. STE A4 Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Course Tuition

The cost of this course is $75.00 (US). Course materials, light breakfast and afternoon refreshments are included. Lunch is on your own (there are many restaurants nearby).

* Please indicate on registration form if you have special dietary needs

CEU Information - 7 hours

This workshop is intended for spoken and Sign language interpreters, both students and professionals will count as:

CCHI - 7 hours

Michigan Medicine Interpreters Services is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities.This PS program is offered for .7 CEUs at the some Content Knowledge Level.

MI BEI units - . 7 **( pending)



This training complies with the University of Michigan’s Nondiscrimination Policy. Please refer here for any policy questions: https://hr.umich.edu/working-u-m/workplace-improvement/office-institutional-equity/nondiscrimination-policy-notice.

To request reasonable accommodations, please contact Vivian Yu at MITrainingAcademy@med.umich.edu

Hotel Accommodations

We want to make it as convenient as possible for students who need lodging in the Ann Arbor area while taking our classes.

Call 800-544-8684 or 734-936-0135 for the UMHS Patient and Visitor Hotel Accommodations

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations will be permitted four or more weeks prior to the start of a training course without incurring a fee. Due to the cost of establishing, holding, and refilling participant slots, along with the associated costs of language assessments and course materials, the following cancellation fee schedule applies:

• For 2 to 4 weeks prior to the start of a training course, a cancellation fee of 25% of the training course price will be assessed.

• Between 8-13 days prior to the start of a training course, a cancellation fee of 50% of the training course price will be assessed.

• Within 7 days of the start of a training course, a cancellation fee of 75% of the training course price will be assessed.

• No show on the first day of the training course will incur a cancellation fee of 100% of training course price.


Questions about UMHS Interpreter Services Medical Terminology and Body Systems? Contact course instructor Rita Galin at MITrainingAcademy@med.umich.edu (please put the course title in the subject line) or call the Medical Interpreter Training Academy at 734-998-2183.

Rita Galin is Nationally Certified Medical Interpreter, CMI-Russian. Rita was born in Estonia, but her native language is Russian. She has a medical degree from Tartu State University (Tartu, Estonia), one of the oldest universities in Europe. She completed an internship in Neurology and Neurosurgery, attended and completed Adolescent Pathophysiology courses in Continuing Medical Education Institute, and worked as a Neurologist at the Adolescent Outpatient Clinic in Tallinn, Estonia. Rita’s clinical interests are in Adolescent Neurologic Pathophysiology as well as Young Adult Psychology and Geriatrics.

Rita has worked for the University of Michigan Health System since 1995 as a Medical Interpreter, and was one of the first two staff Medical Interpreters hired by UMHS. She is also a supervising staff interpreter since 2007.

She has presented multiple times on Cultural Specifics and Differences between medical systems in the former Soviet Union and the US. She has assisted in the creation of a video training on clear communications with LEP patients through an Interpreter for medical students at Michigan Medicine.

Rita is one of the creators, developers and the only instructor of the UMHS Interpreter Services course Medical Terminology and Body Systems, a 40-hour training that is nationally accredited by CCHI. She is also a creator, developer and instructor of Medical Terminology Intensive 8-hour training and Interpreting for Older Adults 3-hour workshop. In her classes, Rita shares her deep knowledge of the Medical Science and field experience with her students.

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