This 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!