Professional Development for Healthcare Professions Blog

Med-Line Nominated for 2011 AHDI Integrity Awards

Posted by Chad Sines on Wed, Jun 29, 2011 @ 08:05 PM

medical transcription education
Well, I do not think it will come as a shock to learn that Med-Line was nominated for four 2011 AHDI Integrity Awards. Our medical transcription education continues to set the bar high. The link to the full press release is at the bottom of this page, but here is an excerpt.

Brenda Dorsett, CMT, of Lake Havasu City, AZ, has been nominated to receive the Educator of the Year Award for her continued excellence in education at Med-Line’s medical transcription school. She continues to provide excellence in educating and is a proponent of a credentialed workforce. This award serves to recognize an Individual Professional member who has demonstrated excellence in the area of medical transcription education, either as an educational program instructor/coordinator, as a contributor to AHDI educational programs/initiatives, or as a trainer/instructor of online or on-site continuing education programs for AHDI members and/or the industry. 

Tricia Smith of Fort Riley, KS, and Dorothea Penn of Conyers, GA, both current students at Med-Line’s medical transcription school, have been nominated to receive the Rising Star Award. This award is given in honor of educator Marilyn Craddock and serves to recognize an outstanding industry student for a contemplative and informed response to the Association’s annual essay contest. Each year, staff and leadership will determine an essay topic which is relevant and timely to the state of the industry. 

Please read the press release below and click the Facebook button on it to share it on your Facebook page. Let all your friends know the quality of you training program.

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Topics: Professional Development

Becoming an MT Through Med-Line- Part 2

Posted by Chad Sines on Mon, Jun 27, 2011 @ 06:00 AM

Juggling Time for Medical Transcription SchoolThis is a continuation of last week's topic.

As the course outline lists the order of steps to your studies, i.e. medical terminology, lab, pharmacology, anatomy & physiology, human diseases, grammar considerations, beginning transcription, advanced transcription, and surgical transcription, this gives the new student a general idea of the steps we will be taking to bring you into this career. Without looking ahead too much, a tactic used to abate potential anxiety or doubt (because if we go into this with a positive attitude and minimize frustration – things just happen to fall into place), I am going to list some issues that have to be addressed with the instructor in an effort to encourage you to use the instructor to bring you to success. Students should address their concerns so that we can provide you with an honest assessment and bring you back to your task of completing the units with confidence.
Aside from issues related to anxiety of the unknown, issues of confidence in your choices, or other non-course material items that potentially must be addressed, a few helpful suggestions are as follows:
1. When you begin transcribing, it takes a while to get used to equipment, software, the foot pedal, the dictators, and most importantly – change.

2. When you get to the point where you start turning in documents for grades, you have the option of turning in the test documents or turning in the entire section. You will then be given the original hard copy back with notations. A letter grade will be assessed, and will be mostly based upon attention to detail. It is not enough to get through the dictation in a rushed fashion so that you can turn it in to be done with it. As a new MT, you have to step back and go over your material, and this is a process that will continue until you have developed excellence in your documentation. You must imagine that eventually you will be handing this over to the dictating physician, and you certainly want to provide the best service possible. You cannot hurry in the beginning, so be prepared to proofread, spell check, edit, print and look at your format, look for consistencies, et cetera.

3. Having your documents come back with notations is a good thing – it will give you the opportunity to see inconsistencies and errors, and move you to the next step and if you accept the feedback, the next documents will improve, until we have worked out all the bugs. Documents must become error free and they are not expected to be error free in the beginning – which is why we are training!

4. Try to work towards the ability to accept feedback without feeling emotion. For some this can be difficult, however, it needs to be addressed because when you get into the field, in all likelihood you will be working under a QA manager and documents will be picked apart until they are error free. On the upside, it is best to address this necessary step with the instructor right now at this time. Know that we have all been in this position in the beginning, and also know that your errors are between you and me – it is not a personal attack. I am only giving advice based on experience, and if you accept it and move on to the next unit, implementing the suggestions and corrections, you are making progress. Errors do not equal failure. They are an expected part of the process.

5. It is beneficial to your success if you try not to get stalled in the advanced transcription portion. At this point, you have spent a great deal of time developing the skills to take with you as you being your new career. It benefits us to get you complete and hired. The more hands-on you do in this section, the better equipped you will be for the service or client. We have had students who feel midway through the advanced portion that they are work ready, and indeed go onto work with the idea that they will complete the advanced material in addition to their new job. This doesn’t usually pan out because you become busy with your new job, so be advised that the best option for you is to complete all of the advanced materials. Take a deep breath when you start the advanced and try not to get antsy to go to work until you finish.

6. Take the transcription one page at a time – try not to focus on how much you have to complete. You will be done in good time with greater understanding if each document is treated as important and necessary for your success.
We realize many students still carry jobs and have family matters to attend. What you may not realize is that several of the staff at Med-Line are also full-time students with family responsibilities. We understand the unique situation of a full-time student with real-world situations. Therefore, we are sitting ready to assist you individually, so email us and use the benefit of having an instructor. By emailing us regularly, we can assess your needs on an individual basis. Try not to get stalled during the summer – your services are in great demand!

Topics: Professional Development

Becoming an MT Through Med-Line School of Medical Transcription

Posted by Chad Sines on Mon, Jun 20, 2011 @ 07:20 PM

Med-Line School of Medical Transcription
As MT students enrolled in the Advanced Medical Transcription Online Course for Medical Transcription through Med-Line School, you are brought into this prestigious career with the most up-to-date course materials, but most importantly you are provided an instructor who will be your mentor. As instructors, we wish to emphasize that it is up to the student to use the opportunity to work directly with us, as this will allow us the most knowledge of your individual needs, goals, and talent to bring you to your full potential as a medical transcriptionist. Some portions of the program present different issues for different people, so we want to review the steps that you need to take, and suggest that you take them in a one step at a time manner, and not look ahead. When you have a huge set of objectives with tests and research projects, we have found that the most successful way to bring you to completion with the least amount of frustration or trouble is to tackle it one step at a time.

 We strongly recommend students from any program not go surfing the chat rooms and involve themselves in negativity or politics related to medical transcription. Like everything else, there are the normal bandwagons, and although we live in a free country and have freedom of speech, any negativity will only serve to undermine your efforts. That is not to say that you should not be kept abreast on ethics, technology, confidentiality, networking – those are positives. There are postings online that relate to gloom and doom subjects of medical transcription, such as speech recognition, shipping work to overseas, and the worst of them all being the postings that you won’t get a job unless you have 2 years’ experience. These issues are myths and have only served to enhance my transcription experience in a positive way – speech recognition can only do so much, i.e. filling in the ADT/patient information, it helps us. I don’t run across it often and it does not affect me. With regard to shipping work overseas, the confidentiality issues have come to surface and may have slowed that process. However, on the positive side, the MTs available in this country can only handle about 35% of the work. There’s too much work and not enough MTs. It’s all a matter of how you look at things – to me, these negatives are really positives. If you are good at what you do, you are not going to run out of work. If you provide quality documentation and you are a positive attribute to a company, you are going to have more work than you can imagine. It’s been that way for years, and I don’t expect it to change.

Using large services as an example, they have in the past hired students from various school programs. One has recently gone to using a staffing service. Their website says 2 years’ experience. If trained by the right school, use the services of the instructor by making regular contact and working with the instructor to make your individual issues apparent and then address them with a positive attitude, the rules can be amended. It is up to us as a team to weed out the issues and bring you to realize your talent, and the way we can do that is to have you work closely with the instructors. They are interested in you, so allow me to prepare you for that level of expertise in next Monday’s article.

Topics: Professional Development, Job Hunt

The Myth and Danger of the Six Month Training Program

Posted by Chad Sines on Mon, Jun 06, 2011 @ 12:00 PM

6-month mythA pet peeve that I cannot shake is the prevalence of six to nine month transcription training courses. These courses lure unsuspecting students at prices that are very near the quality eighteen to twenty four month courses and promise job readiness. What they end up with is a graduate who quickly discovers they are unemployable and if they do find a job they quickly realize they are way underprepared.

This really should be prohibited as potential students often do not realize that they are being sold a bill of goods. They see quicker programs and honestly do not realize that it is not the same quality as that offered by a premium program like Med-Line. The question that should come to mind is “Do you want an education that will allow you to become a professional and find the job that is right for you or do you want a certificate to hang on your wall and little else?”

They also do not realize that career training is not something to skimp on. That $500 or $1000 price difference is there for a reason and it is not because they are just being nice. They do this through a skimpy program, non-CMT instructors & program directors, and possibly even no instructors.

By now you may have noticed that I am sounding a little annoyed at these programs and for good reason. I fell prey to this as a new student. The school, which is no longer in business, offered six to nine months of training. I was literally done in two months and thinking “What the heck.” I knew I had been taken for a ride and could never get my foot into the door with the kind of companies that were industry leaders. Even if I had the knowledge from my previous Masters degree and two Bachelors, the program had no industry respect and I would have been unemployable.  I lost that money because I was more than 50% through the program (funny how that neat refund policy was useless). I ultimately went to a school that is now ACCP approved, cost just a little more than I paid the first time, and lasted eighteen months. The difference was amazing.

It really is sad to see students lured into the six to nine month (and even the twelve month) courses that at best can be called introductory and never should be called transcription training. We see a lot of these people coming into our Career Advancement course in order to try to salvage their education. Often their initial training was so poor that they are left having to retrain from scratch in a quality program or sadly, they just leave the profession.

I recently spoke with a prospective student who indicated she had tentatively decided to choose another school because she was able to register for $500 less and would be done in six months. To her it sounded like a great deal. That is….until she did the math. When she did some simple math to see what she was paying per month for her abbreviated course, she discovered she was paying 3.5 as much per month as Med-Line. Fortunately for her she made the right decision.

Med-Line school is scheduled for twenty four months. Medical transcription training is training for a professional career. New careers are not learned in six to nine months. We train our students to be fully qualified to work on any account, including acute care as well as being able to easily transition to speech recognition. Many finish sooner due to their dedicated work ethic. All come out with a real education and not some six to nine month piece of paper that can do nothing but hang on a wall.

So the word of advice I would like to leave is to look carefully at the program you are considering. If you see programs offered that are under eighteen months run away fast and look for a quality program designed to help you succeed.

Topics: Professional Development, Medical Transcription Training, Job Hunt