Tag: medical interpreter

Victoria Psomiadis Victoria Psomiadis (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida

Born and raised in southeastern Pennsylvania, Victoria graduated from Temple University's Honors Program with a Bachelor of Science in Biology- but her studies outside of the premed grind were hardly "hard science", focusing on the cultures of ancient civilizations, religion, and language. She trained with the Interfaith Youth Core in Chicago in interfaith leadership, and continues working in the field with podcasts, research and education design, and community service. When she isn't studying for class as a second year (and inwardly panicking about the STEP 1 exam), Victoria can usually be found cooking for friends, reading for pleasure, or blogging while watching crime show reruns.


Perspectives from the Bike: A Look at an Ecuadorian Hospital

The gray pickup truck rattled along the rocky path, careening back and forth on a steep incline that reached for the snow-capped peak masked by clouds. While tires slid and kicked up trails of dust that diffused into the mist surrounding us, I was still able to catch a glimpse of Chimborazo, a volcanic pyramid of Ecuador, through pockets of clarity in that atmosphere. Soaring at breathtaking elevations of over 20 thousand feet, Chimborazo is a point near the equator where one can be closest to the sun while standing on Earth.

Lost in Translation

In the rest of the house, the noise of the party is deafening: the clink of glasses, the sizzle of burgers on the grill, the excited cries of relatives reunited after long absences. But in the bright light of the kitchen, Mark is talking to me without sound. He presses his right hand over his left then moves up its length, separating his thumb from the rest of his fingers as he goes replicating the open and shut motions of a jaw. “This is the sign for cancer,” he says.


Alone in the Crowd

It’s easy to see how the hospital can be an intimidating place for a patient. Being alone, in an unknown environment, covered only a flimsy cloth gown, and surrounded by strangers can make anyone anxious. Now, imagine not knowing what these strangers are saying to you, about you. Imagine these strangers  cannot understand a single word you say. I had just finished up a previous case in the OR with the orthopedics team when the …

A housing project and pump built by a local Haitian organization.

Diversity, and Rhinos

“Últimamente me he sentido muy cansado,” starts explaining Genaro. He has been feeling tired, but also weak, and unable to concentrate on things. Since he arrived in Providence a couple of years ago from the highlands of Guatemala, he has been doing hard work — manual labor like construction and carpeting, working long hours for little pay. “Se me olvidan las cosas,” he continues. He has been forgetful, and has had trouble holding on to …

Bianca Maria Benitez Bianca Maria Benitez (2 Posts)

Contributing Writer Emeritus

Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Bianca is a Class of 2015 medical student at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She graduated from Harvard College in 2009 where she majored in global health and African studies. Before medical school, she was a case worker in New York.