About Medical Transcription as a Career
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What is Medical Transcription exactly?
Every time a patient visits a doctor, nurse practitioner, hospital, or clinic, a medical report is created. These reports are kept together in a file and make up a patient’s medical record. Whether the medical record is a paper file or a digital file in the computer, the information inside must be an accurate reflection of the patient’s visit, since the patient’s future medical care (and the billing of the patient) will rely on the details within.
Medical transcription is the process by which Medical Transcriptionists, also called Health Documentation Specialists, interpret, transcribe, edit, and then convert the doctor’s dictated report into written format to become part of the patient’s lawful medical record.
What is a Medical Transcription Career like?
Your medical transcription career is what you make of it. For many graduates of medical transcription career programs, they remain unemployed or unable to find jobs. Then they say the economy is bad or that no one is hiring.
The fact is . . . there are plenty of job available for the medical transcriptionist who can do the job RIGHT the first time. That means you must have top skills and an in-depth knowledge of the subject matter you’re transcribing. It all boils down to “WAS YOUR TRAINING IN-DEPTH ENOUGH?”
You’ll find that if you enroll in an easy program, your employer tests (which are used before the job interview) are not going to be good. This means you would never see the interview process. However, if you train with a medical transcription program that is challenging, you’re going to find that you have actually stepped up your education and are doing more challenging reports, more difficult dictators, and generally have a little more knowledge. This makes you step AHEAD of the rest.
Now what do you think happens when you combine a school that CARES about its students along with a challenging curriculum, along with technical, computer, and software training, and extensive feedback on your individual exams from an experienced certified instructor who won’t give up on you until you’re ready?
Before You Begin to Think About a Medical Transcription Career
We have posted a couple articles in our free eBook about working transcriptionists who go through their day and show us what it’s like. However, before you think about your medical transcription career, we strongly suggest you research thoroughly about the training that’s needed.
Contrary to popular belief, you just cannot take a 4-month course and become an expert in medical transcription. If you try to do the short-cut method in your training, you’re only going to shortcut yourself. We have seen this literally dozens of times from graduates of other programs who have come to us to finish their education. Instead of a fast-track MT program, you need a full medical transcription program that encompasses the entire process, so that you become an expert all the way around and are able to pass difficult employers tests. Quite simply, you must pass these challenging employers tests in order to get an interview — and you need the interview to get the job!
For our graduates of our Advanced MT + Editing program, they know what we mean. In fact, many don’t even consider the employers’ testing to be difficult or challenging anymore because they’re used to rigorous reports that they’ve had to transcribe during our program. Combine that with hand-graded (never computer graded) feedback from your certified instructor, along with comments, critique, and helpful suggestions on how to improve each report, multiplied by hundreds of times until you know it by heart, and you’ve found a formula for success in your future medical transcription career.
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