Professional Development for Healthcare Professions Blog

Monday Technology Tip- A Look at 2011

Posted by Chad Sines on Mon, Dec 26, 2011 @ 02:33 PM

Med-Line School of Medical TranscriptionWell 2011 is almost over. I figured I would keep today’s topic simple since many are still in the holiday “time off” phase. What new technology/software did you learn this year that you think will most impact you long term? Maybe learning expanders, Word, Excel, social media, etc? Did you follow the EHR topics like meaningful use?

Was there a topic you wish you had more information about that we could develop for you in 2012?

Reply in the comments to share your thoughts.

Topics: Technology Tip

Webinar- $10 - How to Do a Webinar

Posted by Chad Sines on Sat, Dec 17, 2011 @ 01:00 PM

Med-Line School of Medical TranscriptionTitle: How to Do a Webinar
When: Mon, Dec 19, 2011 4 PM - 5 PM PST
Presenter:  Chad Sines, MS, MBA, AHDI-F
Length: 1 hour
Credits: 1 TW
Cost: $10 

In a virtual environment, webinars are an integral part of the transcriptionist’s day. From the office to the professional association, transcriptionists need to be able to present a webinar. This presentation will demonstrate how to create, schedule, and administer a webinar.

Topics: Webinar

Webinar- $10 - Fundamentals of Surgery in Transcription

Posted by Chad Sines on Wed, Dec 14, 2011 @ 01:00 PM

Med-Line School of Medical TranscriptionTitle: Fundamentals of Surgery in Transcription
When: Fri, Dec 16, 2011 12 PM - 1 PM PST
Presenter:  Diane Gilmore, CMT, AHDI-F
Length: 1 hour
Credits: 1 CM
Cost: $10 

This webinar will serve as a foundation on which to build your knowledge of preparing surgical reports in the acute care setting.  Learn the general concepts of surgery, along with terms typically encountered by a medical transcriptionist in transcribing operative reports, including patient positioning, anesthesia, fluids, tools and instruments, wound closures and coverings, formatting issues, and common surgical phrases, all of which will enable you to create accurate, grammatically correct documentation of surgical procedures.  

Topics: Webinar

BOS Specialty Standards Part 2

Posted by Chad Sines on Tue, Dec 13, 2011 @ 01:00 PM

Med-Line School of Medical TranscriptionTitle: BOS Specialty Standards Part 2
When: Thurs, Dec 15, 2011 10 AM - 11 PM PST
Presenter:  Angela Allison, CMT
Length: 1 hour
Credits: 1 MTT
Cost: $10 

A review of specialty standards using the Book of Style reference, including cardiology, hematology/oncology, pharmacology, dermatology, immunology, organisms and bacteria, and more. 

We Determine Our Fate- MTs Can Lead the Changes to Come

Posted by Chad Sines on Wed, Dec 07, 2011 @ 01:43 AM

Med-Line School of Medical TranscriptionFor the Record had an interesting article on the fate of medical transcription. While much of the editorial was open to significant challenges, there were a few good points to be made. The medical transcriptionist is being left behind in the decision making as the industry evolves. Much of this is due to the lack of uptraining into the new areas where demand is through the roof.  The new changes that are coming could be seen "as a means of weeding out those MTs who are not willing to develop new skills as the industry moves into an electronic era." It was interesting to hear industry leaders at the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) discuss how strong the demand is for coders now and how the upcoming changes are positioning these coders to be worth their weight in gold as they help define the changes. This is where we need to be. Do I think transcription is going away? Of course not. Acute care medical transcriptionists, such as those graduating from Med-Line's training program, are in extremely high demand. Clinic work MTs..well..that is a different matter altogether. Do I think MTs need to stop allowing others to define their future when they can position themselves to be in the driver’s seat? Absolutely. 

If you have not read the For the Record article, then you need to do it today. It will anger you and get you thinking. It will also help you see why we must develop new skills such as medical coding. There is no denying that coders are the leaders in healthcare documentation, and Med-Line is training transcriptionists in this new skill set. We have decided to bring back our introductory rate of $1800 for our Medical Coding Bridge Program as well provide the textbooks for free to those who pay in full on enrollment (a $350 value). We are running this offer from December 7th to December 30th

Our uptraining program is the only one developed around the skills and needs of an MT. It is also one of the lowest costs for training. It can be done in 6 months instead of years. You can be one of those who helps define this upcoming EHR era. 

We developed the program. It is up to you to take control of your future by enrolling today.

Topics: Career Advancement, Medical Coding Training

Webinar- $10 - Book of Style Standards, Pt 1

Posted by Chad Sines on Mon, Dec 05, 2011 @ 03:00 PM

Med-Line School of Medical TranscriptionTitle: BOS Specialty Standards Part 1
When: Thurs, Dec 8th 10 AM - 11 PM PST
Presenter:  Angela Allison, CMT
Length: 1 hour | Credits: 1 MTT
Cost: $10

A review of specialty standards using the Book of Style reference, including cardiology, hematology/oncology, pharmacology, dermatology, immunology, organisms and bacteria, and more.

This series is without a doubt one of our most popular. No one leaves without learning something, whether they are a student, new MT, or have been in the industry for decades. Join us!! 

Monday Technology Tip- Be Professional With Email

Posted by Chad Sines on Mon, Dec 05, 2011 @ 02:47 PM

Med-Line School of Medical TranscriptionToday's tech tip is one I read in a leading business blog today. I read it and thought it was one of those “duh” comments, but in thinking back it is a mistake many make in all industries. It is another professional development tip. 

So here it is. Whenever you send email, send it from YOUR email address. Not you kid’s, spouse’s, etc email address. There is no legitimate reason why any professional does not have their own private email address. It comes across as unprofessional and makes it look like someone else is hunting for that job for you or you are not tech savvy enough to use email. And in this day and age if you cannot handle email, then few will want you in a virtual environment. 

This goes back to the professional email address blog. Use firstname.lastname@... and you will really stand out. Keep your signature neat and concise. Keep your emails without stationary or any other fluff. Black text, size 12, normal font. Never use all caps, never red to shout. 

If you do these few little things you will definitely be presenting yourself well.


Topics: Professional Development, Technology Tip