Professional Development for Healthcare Professions Blog

9 Steps to a Successful Medical Transcription Career, Part 3

Posted by Chad Sines on Mon, Nov 27, 2017 @ 11:00 AM


Organize your study activities, plan your time, stave off procrastination and be self-disciplined– make it your routine to continue your studies, keep a positive attitude and focus. Avoid looking too far ahead; take it one step at a time. It is very easy to freak yourself out when you look at an entire program and try to take it all in at once. Rest assured, the program is designed around both your ability to complete it as well as what it takes to make you a successful medical transcriptionist. As you progress through the program, you will begin seeing your studies come together as it hones you into a quality medical transcriptionist.


Realize that there is a certain point in your training program where you will have to rely upon your instructor to mentor you through any hurdles. Transcription is more than knowing how to spell medical words, memorizing drug names, and simply typing what you hear. Medical transcription involves ethics, dedication, critical thinking, patience, and the ability to work well with others, who will help guide you to success, as those who have been guided before you.

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9 Steps to a Successful Medical Transcription Career, Part 2

Posted by Marcia Gordon on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 @ 11:00 AM


Find out what being a medical transcriptionist is all about. You should all and speak with our experienced instructors. Read materials describing the profession. Visit the professional association’s website. A great first step is to schedule a call with an actual instructor to learn about the program and the profession.


A high quality AHDI-Approved school will set you up for career success. Selecting an AHDI-approved school not only assures you that the curriculum will meet the minimum standards for success. It also assures students they will be mentored by CHDS instructors. An ideal instructor - student relationship would be one that allows you personalization and a more hands-on approach to your mentoring. The mentoring relationship is a back and forth interaction with a live instructor who is vested in your success. You get what you put into this relationship. It is not a passive one. You ask questions, receive feedback, and apply it going forward.

Be cautious of ‘tiered’ or ‘package’ programs. There should be a single program that teaches you everything you need to know as a transcriptionist to work any job. Make sure you understand which ‘tier’ or ‘package’ is the actual full program, as the lower tiers/packages may not provide a complete education. Do not count on the program to volunteer this information. Be sure to ask.

Ask how many students there are per instructor. Often you will learn that your work is graded by a computer versus a live instructor who can give you quality feedback.

Watch for programs that offer to graduate you in mere months, as this is not a realistic time frame for quality training in this career. Medical transcription is a lifelong career. To be successful, you must have quality training and actual experience. This quality and experience will take longer than 6-9 months. A quality program is going to take you about a year to finish

When seeking a program, watch for added “fluff” in the program’s material list. Ensure that there are no hidden charges later in the program that just pop up out of nowhere. Verify what materials are important to your training and what is filler used to make a program seem superior.

Read steps 4 and 5 next week

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Topics: Professional Development, Medical Transcription Training

9 Steps to a Successful Medical Transcription Career, Part 1

Posted by Marcia Gordon on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

successMed-Line has been educating healthcare documentation specialists for over 20 years now. We have the experience and track record to back up our training methodologies. Over the next few weeks, we would like to share what we feel are 9 steps that will take you to success in medical transcription. The steps also apply to medical coding.


Medical transcriptionists need to develop excellent grammar, spelling, and punctuation skills. In addition, medical transcriptionists must develop critical thinking skills.  Fortunately there are plenty of sites online to help one assess and develop their grammar skills. The Guide to Grammar and Writing offers a lot of information for those looking to develop their grammatical skills. Learning to think critically is a skill that takes time to develop. For the transcriptionist, the first step is learning to never type anything that you do not clearly hear or understand. This is one of the most difficult things for the medical transcriptionist to learn although it is one of the most important.

MTs must have good auditory acuity. Although the profession can be tailored for many challenges, the medical transcriptionist must be able to hear clearly in order to transcribe a document. 

Read steps 2 and 3 next week.

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Topics: Professional Development, Medical Transcription Training

Learn Medical Coding with Med-Line and Succeed

Posted by Marcia Gordon on Fri, Nov 10, 2017 @ 02:01 PM

Online TrainingWith the transition to ICD-10 in 2014, medical coding has gained even more attention than usual as an allied health career with a promising future. In Canada, the transition to ICD-10 resulted in close to 1.5 to 2 coders needed to perform the same volume of coding, and this was after the system was fully learned. To date, there has been no return to ICD-9 production levels. The result, an increase in the need for medical coders. Quite a few sources have projected that many medical coders close to retirement have chosen to retire instead of transitioning to ICD-10. Top this off with the increased workload for ICD-10, and an industry that is already in dire need of coders will be at an extreme shortage of medical coders.  

Med-Line has been educating healthcare documentation experts for over 20 years. Our program addresses weaknesses seen in many coding programs by focusing on a more in-depth medical knowledge training as well as training students in technologies that most programs overlook. In this EHR era, individuals without a strong technology background will be ill-suited and likely to struggle as the industry evolves. Med-Line recognizes this and works to ensure that graduates exceed technology standards in the industry.

Our Comprehensive Medical Coding Course provides:
  • Medical Terminology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Technology
  • Health Information Management
    • Medicolegal standards
    • EHR preparation
    • HIM statistics
    • Medical records life cycle
  • Medical Coding Training
  • CPT 
  • Prepare for the CCS exam
Learn more about our Comprehensive Medical Coding Course.  

Topics: Medical Coding Training