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Annual Conference

2017 IMIA Annual Conference

June 2nd - June 4th, 2017

"Interpreters, Providers, and Regulators:
A Partnership for Patient Safety"

This year's keynote speaker:
Dr. David W. Baker, Executive Vice President for Health Care Quality Evaluations, Joint Commission (formerly the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) 

Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston




Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria Hotel - Houston, Texas USA


Onsite Hospital Tours Thursday, June 1st (Details -TBA) 

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Houston Methodist Hospital

Texas Children's Hospital  



Conference CEUs -TBA

Continuing Education BootCamp - Thursday, June 1st

"Sight Translation and Written Translation in Healthcare Interpreting" 

Presenter: Alexandra Guevara Salcedo.


Open Now - to June 2nd, 2017 Midnight Eastern Time

11/05/16 - 05/15/2017 Early Bird (Member) $325
  Early Bird (Non-member) $425
  IMIA Speakers, Leaders, Minority Language interpreters, and Student Members $225
05/16/2017 - 06/02/17 Late/On-site (Member)  $495
  Late/On-site (Non-member) $595
  IMIA Speakers, Leaders and Student Members $225

Discounted Hotel Accommodations

Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria Hotel

2222 West Loop South
Houston, Texas 77027

On the hotel website, check availability using group/meeting code: 2017IMIA to receive the discounted rates of $129 (single), $129 (double), $139 (triple), and $149 (quad) - subject to availability. These discounted rates apply on all nights of the conference June 1 through June 3. In addition, it is applicable three (3) additional nights before and three (3) additional nights after the conference nights- subject to availability.

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IMIA Awards

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2017 Conference Scholarship Contest

Mohamad Anwar Annual IMIA Conference Scholarship- MAAICS

These scholarships are annually awarded and the recipients announced at the end of February each year.  The scholarships allow for two (2) active International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA) members to attend to our annual conference at a 100% discounted rate! The MAAICS grants $500 towards the registration fee of each IMIA member to a total of $1,000. The winning IMIA members will be reimbursed after attending the conference.
Our annual conference is a globally recognized event offering attendees multiple continuing educational (CEU) opportunities to enhance their understanding and knowledge,  and develop their skills as a practicing professional in the medical and healthcare interpretation field.  Additionally, the IMIA annual conference provides the atmosphere to grow one’s professional network and connect independent, free-lance interpreters with potential contractors and employment opportunities.
The selection criteria for the MAAICS are:

  • Applicants must be active members of the IMIA at the time of application
  • Applicants must be nationally certified medical interpreters (CMI/CHI)
  • Applicants submit a 100-word essay describing why they wish  to attend the conference
  • Applicants agree to share their experience at the conference with other IMIA members via an interview or article

Once all submissions have been received, the IMIA Board of Directors will review all essays and submissions from all applicants and render their determination. The Board will then officially notify the two (2) selected applicants via email of their selection. 
Additionally, in the event that there are no qualified applicants for these scholarships, the IMIA Board of Directors shall solicit other candidates with similar needs or defer granting such awards until qualified applicants are found.

Submit your 100 word essay to:


Frequently Asked Questions

Where to stay, what to see, how to get here, more information to come!

Call for Papers Submission Deadline

MARCH 31, 2017

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