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  1. Kristy Wall
    Sep 28th, 2011 at 13:50
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    Hi Lori, I hope you can help. I have been a medical transcriptionist for over 15 years, graduated from a 2 year program in the 80s. I have done all kinds of work, especially cardiology, radiology, ophthalmology, internal, etc., even hospital reports. Short story, I quit all work 6 years ago due to marriage, now that that is over, I must work again, but in my approach to any online company, they require two years RECENT ACUTE CARE EXPERIENCE. Help? Do I need to return to a school like Career Step? I do have a ton of knowledge but don’t know how to currently get hired. Any ideas you have, I would certainly be grateful. Thank you!

    • admin
      Sep 28th, 2011 at 16:57
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      Kristy- It seems an unnecessary expense for someone with your experience to take another transcription course like Career Step. I’m wondering if becoming CMT or RMT certified would show that your skills are current. Right now both exams can be taken through AHDI for $100. Here’s the link for AHDI

  2. Margi B
    Oct 11th, 2011 at 22:02
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    Hi! My question is similar to the above, except that I don’t have any MT working experience. I currently work in database management and have about 20 years of administrative experience at various levels. I enrolled in MT training about 8 years ago, and not only did very well, but thoroughly enjoyed the work. I could not get my foot in the door locally, and finally took a job in another field. Now I’d like to take another stab at MT. 1) What is the best way to refresh my skills without taking another course? 2) What equipment/technology is needed to set up a home office for MT? Thanks!
    PS: Your website is very informative and helpful!

    • admin
      Oct 25th, 2011 at 19:19
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      To Margi – Welcome to the medical transcription field! I will try my best to answer your questions.

      1) Since you have already had some formal medical transcription instruction maybe you could sit for the certification test. That may be enough to convince prospective employers that your skills are current. On the other hand if you have trouble with the certification test you may need to retake some part of the medical transcription course. You could also contact local hospitals to see if they employ in-house medical transcriptionist, as they may be more willing to hire someone with little experience.
      2) Many of the major medical transcription companies provide equipment to their remote employees so there is essentially no set-up cost. For independent contractors the necessary equipment is relatively inexpensive. There is no need for a complicated computer system just a basic model capable to uploading and downloading files. To perform efficiently you absolutely need a foot pedal to start/stop/rewind dictation files and you will need software to play the voice files. You will also need some type of line/word count software for invoicing. I use the free Express Scribe software for file playback. A good foot pedal control runs around $100 and invoicing software for around the same price. In my opinion high speed Internet and Microsoft Word are also transcription necessities just from a production/timesaving perspective.

  3. Cathy
    Dec 9th, 2011 at 18:14
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    Hi! I’m thinking about taking a medical transcription course. I read so many negative posts throughout the Internet about the field and it makes me nervous to jump into it. Do you find it is still a viable career ?

    • admin
      Dec 11th, 2011 at 16:37
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      The field of medical transcription is changing a lot. MT’s will have to become famiiar with voice recognition software and working from a home office. However, physicians still need to document their interactions wth patients so transcriptionists are still needed to ensure accuracy of these reprots.

    • miranda
      Jan 17th, 2012 at 06:21
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      Cathy- it depends on your priorities. I live on a farm in PA, which has always been my dream. unfortuantely most farmers have 2nd or even 3rd jobs to make ends meet. my husband works in town but i’m lucky enough to bring in some extra income from home.

  4. younten jamtsho
    Apr 6th, 2012 at 20:47
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    Hi Lori, I am from Bhutan and recently started the transcription, after undergoing one-years of transcription training, but not able to meet with the appropriate accuracy, so if u could tell me what I need to do. :)

    • admin
      Apr 10th, 2012 at 01:51
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      Perhaps you could choose an area to specialize in? If you narrow down to a certain body system such as neurology, orthopedics or cardiology you can become familiar with the tests, procedures, labs, etc. relevant to that specialty and sort of anticipate what the doctor is going to say rather than relying on deciphering what he actually says. otherwise maybe your employer would be willing to provide you with additional dictation for practice rather than pay?

  5. Mandy Chambers
    Apr 6th, 2012 at 20:56

    I recently gave birth to my 4th child and would love to do Medical Transcription from my home. I have completed an online course and finished with a 9.5 GPA. I need information on where to begin?

    • admin
      Apr 10th, 2012 at 01:44

      Mary – congratulations on your recent addition to the family! The larger transcription agencies typiclaly are more willing to hire inexpereinced transcriptionists. I would do a google search for the largest companies in the US and then apply to as many as possible. Most companies offer an online test and as long as you pass expereince is not necessarily an issue. Good luck.

      • sara
        May 13th, 2012 at 03:20

        try nuance – they’re pretty good to work for

  6. donna jacobs
    Apr 10th, 2012 at 06:52

    love the site, keep it up.

    • denver
      May 13th, 2012 at 09:04

      I agree!!

  7. Cris
    May 4th, 2012 at 15:42

    very nice site. good job. keep it up

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