Professional Development for Healthcare Professions Blog

Getting Ahead in Your Education- Pt 3 of 3

Posted by Chad Sines on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 @ 08:00 AM

Success4. Try to work towards the ability to accept feedback without feeling negative emotions. 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 holidays – your services are in great demand!

Continuing Education Webinar- BOS Specialty Standards 2

Posted by Chad Sines on Tue, Sep 25, 2012 @ 09:00 AM

Med-Line School of Medical TranscriptionTitle: BOS Specialty Standards Part 2
When: Fri, Sep 28, 2012 2 PM - 3 PM PDT
Presenter:  Marcia Gordon, 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 continuing education 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!! 

Topics: Webinar

Getting Ahead in Your Education- Pt 2 of 3

Posted by Chad Sines on Mon, Sep 24, 2012 @ 08:00 AM

BooksAs 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!

Continued on Thursday


Continuing Education Webinar- Cardiac Valve Disease

Posted by Chad Sines on Fri, Sep 21, 2012 @ 09:00 AM

cardiovascularTitle: Cardiac Valve Disease
When: Tue, Sep 25, 2012 3 PM - 4 PM PDT
Presenter:  Diana Hurkens, RN., MA, MHA
Length: 1 hour | Credits: 1 CM
Cost: $10

According to the American Heart Association, about 5 million Americans are diagnosed with heart valve disease each year. Learn about cardiac valve disease, diagnosis, treatment, and new research and treatment regimens. Join us!! 

Topics: Webinar

Continuing Education Webinar- BOS Specialty Standards I

Posted by Chad Sines on Thu, Sep 20, 2012 @ 11:24 AM

Med-Line School of Medical TranscriptionTitle: BOS Specialty Standards Part 1
When: Fri, Sep 21, 2012 2 PM - 3 PM PDT
Presenter:  Marcia Gordon, 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 continuing education 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!! 

Topics: Webinar

Getting Ahead in Your Education- Pt 1 of 3

Posted by Chad Sines on Wed, Sep 19, 2012 @ 02:02 PM

getting aheadAs 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 a live, human 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. It is not perfect. 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.

When you are trained by the right school, using the services of a live instructor by making regular contact and working with them to make your individual issues apparent, and ultimately overcome your challenges, you are positioned well for the industry. 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.

 

To be continued Monday.