A professional interpreter is defined as a person who renders messages spoken from one language into another language using a code of ethics, understanding and processing a message, and transforming the message from a source speaker into another language.1 Interpretation takes place in real time. Consider the case of doing a history and physical: An interpreter is essential in accurately providing the transference of information from the provider to the patient and vice versa. Family members and bilingual clinic/hospital staff are not professional interpreters. There are also companies that have on-call telephone interpreters available to provide professional assistance at the point of care. See the resources listed in the Appendix, which provide guidelines and professional standards.