The ABCs of Medical Translation: Strategies to Identify, Translate and Manage Acronyms and Abbreviations
Abbreviations, acronyms and the quasi-legible scribbles of doctors are the medical translator's daily bread; however, deciphering and researching these words, as well as maintaining terminology databases, can lead to productivity black holes. Inherent problems with medical acronyms and abbreviations
This presentation will provide a variety of resources and strategies for managing the translation of these troublesome three- and four-letter words more effectively.
It will also address related issues, such as handling texts with interwoven English and non-English acronyms and abbreviations and the appropriate use of Latin- and Greek-derived medical jargon.
Terminology shift between languages and locales
When to retain English in foreign texts
Common symbols, shorthand and designations
Translators already specialising in medical translation.
Translators considering crossing over into medical translation.
Translators who want to become more efficient at managing medical terminology.
At the end of this session, participants will be able:
To identify, expand and break down medical acronyms and abbreviations.
To identify appropriate resources to translate medical acronyms and abbreviations.
To adopt specific "don't panic" translation strategies to methodologically handle these tricky terms.
- Inherent problems with medical acronyms and abbreviations
- Terminology shift between languages and locales
- When to retain English in foreign texts
- Common symbols, shorthand and designations
- Translation strategies
- Terminology resources
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|Bio: Erin M. Lyons is a full-time French to English and Italian to English translator, medical writer, and consultant and the Owner and President of BiomedNouvelle. Her primary areas of focus include clinical research, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and cosmetic products and she has split her professional career between Europe and the U.S. She has a BA in Romance Languages and Literature from the University of Chicago and an MA in Italian and French Translation from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She has presented at several ATA Annual Conferences, as well as at the 2011 World Congress of the International Federation of Translators and the 2013 ProZ.com International Conference (Porto) and 6th Annual Congress and Training in France (Biarritz). |
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"This is an area of medical translation that can generate doubts, so thank you!"