Skip to main content

Six Myths about Medical Transcription as a Career!

The information that’s afloat about medical transcription career is bizarre!
While some may be genuine misconceptions, most of them come from people who have no idea about the in’s and out’s, which is what makes it a little hilarious!
Medical transcription (MT) is a very challenging field. Once you get trained you work from anywhere you can get an Internet connection. There are several benefits such as non-traditional hours, part-time or full-time options, as an employee or as self-employed independent contractor.
MT field is has a lot going in its favor!
1.    Medical transcriptionists can work and take care of the kids at the same time


If you’re imagining yourself typing at the keyboard while your little ones play around, pat yourself and wake up! There’s no way you can transcribe medical reports and take care of children at the same time.
Transcribing needs utmost concentration and focused attention, both of which cannot go hand in hand looking after little ones or anything else for that matter!
2.    All Medical transcriptionists need to do is just type really fast
Typing fast is definitely an asset but isn’t all that it takes to be a successful MT. Here are the things that truly matter…
·         An exploring mind and interest in language that will enable you to learn and keep learning all the medical terms
·         A mindset that can handle pressure and is independent.
·         The ability to concentrate completely and intensely for extended hours.
3.    Medical transcriptionists need little or no training
Contrary to the popular belief, unless you get formally trained on MT, your CV will not get to the interview level. It’s advisable you get trained from reputed institutes.
 You must be willing to spend a few months preparing for your career. You will get to learn about medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, formatting of different report, and multiple other skills you may not think you will need.

You Might Like Reading this: That’s Hilarious! Funny Must-Read Medical Transcription Errors!

4.    Electronic health records will eliminate the need for medical transcriptionists
HAHAHA! This can only be a hallucination in the minds of EHR software dealers. Digitizing medical information is not same as transcribing the healthcare details. Some elements of healthcare documentation are enhanced by restricting input via check boxes and drop-down lists, but for some things it just doesn’t work! Healthcare providers need a way to incorporate narrative observations, opinions, and conclusions — in other words, dictation.
5.    Medical transcription is an effortless job
Ah! How difficult is it to listen to what is spoken and type it in a report? If this is what you are thinking, let us tell you, it’s a hell lot difficult that you thought! You got to do it to believe it. You will be astonished by what comes via those headphones — we bet you!
To get you acquainted, dictation often arrives loaded with background noise and interruptions including words you have never heard before and have no idea how to pronounce, at least the first time! Most often, a thick foreign accent will be a cherry on the top.

6.    Is it for men to become medical transcriptionists
Well, nobody actually says that, but there sure is an undercurrent of the likes… The crop of medical transcriptionists is overwhelmingly female, but there is good number of men as well. It goes unsaid that men and women are equally capable of becoming excellent medical transcriptionists.
As more men are seeking work they can do from home or on a flexible schedule, they’re discovering medical transcription as a lucrative choice!  

So before you judge the field of MT, it helps to get your facts checked!

Picture Courtesy: Google Images


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

That’s Hilarious! Funny Must-Read Medical Transcription Errors!

Doctors every now and then come across some very critical bloopers from medical transcriptionists. Some of these can be downright funny! It’s common for transcription errors to creep in for various reasons like the dictation might not be clear, too many medical terms stuffed in, or misunderstanding at the transcriptionist’s end. Medical transcriptionists vary in experience and skill and may not be well versed with some medical terms. Here is a compilation of some very funny transcription mistakes you could note to avoid being on the receiving end of the laughter! 

   ·"Eyes and nose continue to be within normal limits" (I & O).    ·"History of sick as hell disease" (sickle cell)    ·"She was a bitch and grinned" (a bit chagrined).    ·"The last day the patient took their meds was for beaver."  (forever).    ·“49 year old occasional male”(Caucasian male).    ·“Borderline respectable pancreatic cancer”. (Resectable).    ·“Patient is alert and orien…

Healthcare Documentation – A Promising Career Option -Avontix

Picture courtesy: explorehealthcareers.org
With ever-changing legal and medical requirements, it is mandatory that all the procedures and processes performed by healthcare practitioners are recorded accurately not just for evidential purposes but for future references also. However, it is not possible for the physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to keep documenting each and every process performed by them in a written format. Hence, physicians take advantage of the technological advancements and record the procedures performed by them in audio files using an electronic device. Although these can serve as records, it is not easy to comprehend a physician’s voice file when the information is required. So, these voice files are transcribed into electronic documents and this process of transcribing is called medical transcription or healthcare documentation.  
The voice files given by the physicians for healthcare documentation include their office visits, emergency room …

Continuous Improvement – The Secret of Self Improvement -Avontix

What is that we typically do for self-improvement? Set a large goal; try to accomplish that in the least possible time. At the outset, this seems perfectly alright but does not work in practicality. It often leads to exhaustion, frustration and failure. This pattern needs to change; instead, we should aim for simple path of continuous improvement by slowly fine-tuning our everyday behavior and habits. Continuous improvement means, making minor changes and adjustments in our everyday life with the anticipation of a remarkable change over a period of time.

It’s not that easy to believe that small changes can lead to big shifts of improvement because we can’t see any notable accomplishments on a daily basis, BUT IT WORKS. Minor alterations don’t show results at that particular point of time but add up over a period, hence, we can see the results only in the long run; in fact, it is possible that we may happen that we may not even recognize it initially.



How do we go about it?


Avoid mistak…