Ximena Erickson

  • Job Title: Spanish Interpreter
  • Education: Associates degree in Occupational Studies from Washtenaw Community College, degree in Advertising from Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano
  • Certifications: CCHI Certified Healthcare Interpreter
  • Language: Spanish, English

Biography

Ximena Erickson moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan from Bogota, Colombia in 2009. She earned a degree in advertising Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogotá, Colombia and worked for a publishing house as a photographer for life style magazines which specialized in pregnancy, families, and children. She also worked as an Interpreter for American photographers on assignments in Colombia.

Ximena’s work experience in the United States began as interpreter/translator for legal offices and various agencies, as a substitute Spanish teacher at the Rudolph Steiner School in Ann Arbor, and as a private tutor for adult students, including doctors and nurses, who wanted to improve their medical Spanish. In 2010, she completed the Bridging the Gap Medical Interpreter Training Course at UMHS Interpreter Services and began working as a Medical Interpreter in January 2011. As a Medical Interpreter, Ximena interacts on a daily basis with Spanish speaking patients of different nationalities and a variety of socio-cultural backgrounds, facilitating accurate communication between them and the English-speaking health services providers. These rewarding experiences inspired her to continue working for the community by helping to educate and mold the next generations of Interpreters. Ximena has been involved in the development of a National Certification Preparation Course, a CCHI preparation In-Service, and multiple projects for the UMHS Interpreter Services Translation division.

While working for UMHS Interpreter Services, Ximena attended classes at Washtenaw Community College, including Clinical and Lab Procedures, Medical Office procedures, Medical Transcription, Medical Office Insurance and Billing, Human Biology and Lab, and Interpersonal Communications. She graduated in March 2012 with High Honors, obtaining an Associate Degree in Occupational Studies. Ximena also became a CCHI Certified Healthcare Interpreter in 2012. In 2014, Ximena began working for the UMHS Stroke Program as a bilingual Research Assistant, helping to develop and produce video testing tools to help Hispanic patients identify the signs and symptoms of a stroke.

Courses

CCHI National Certification Test Preparation Course