SOAP Notes and Medical Charts: The Nitty Gritty of Medical Reports


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55 minutes

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, participants will be able:

To identify the structure and language used in SOAP notes and medical charts.

To dissect each section to identify essential terminology and acronyms.

To build a set of language-specific and medical resources to negotiate technical terminology.

To replicate the style and voice of healthcare professionals in your medical translations.


Better understand the format doctors use to write up their reports. Identify the structure and language of SOAP notes and medical charts to better narrow down unknown acronyms and abbreviations. Build a set of medical- and language-specific resources to negotiate technical medical reports.
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Progress notes and patient records are the medical translator’s bread and butter—but this does not prevent even the most seasoned medical translators from getting burnt. We will take a closer look at the SOAP (Subjective, Objective, Assessment, Plan) format to understand how doctors think. We will use the tool to understand why “BS” could mean “blood sugar,” “breath sounds,” or “bowel sounds”, and we will build a kit of multilingual resources for the review of systems, lab reports, etc. Finally, we will address capturing succinct source-language style in a translation that is meaningful and not unduly conservative.

Upload Date

February 13, 2016

Trainer Bio

Erin Lyons - 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 International Conference (Porto) and 6th Annual Congress and Training in France (Biarritz).

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Lusine Sargsyan
19 days ago

Very informative! Thank you!

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