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Wednesday Transcription Tip- Help With Specialties


Med-Line Multispecialty

Transcribing in a speciality you are unfamiliar with can be confusing. Knowing where to look when you need help can greatly decrease your research time.

Section 4 of the Book of Style (3rd ed.) has whole chapters devoted to terminology regarding medical specialties, including cardiology, dermatology, pulmonology, oncology, and other common practices.  Check this section first to review words you might not be familiar with before transcribing.

The Stedmans web site has a great section devoted to sample reports covering all specialties called Stedmans@Work.  Go to and find the link on the left for Stedmans@Work, then follow the links to find a page where you can locate sample reports covering the specialty you are working on.  Print the reports and highlight the words you don’t know.  You ca place the reports in a binder or folder to refer to when you type reports that are similar.  A great way to start your own home-grown medical resource!


I'm not at this point yet in my studies but I am going to save your tips from when I get there. Great advise.
Posted @ Wednesday, August 24, 2011 8:13 AM by Diane
Oh My Goodness! These tips are so delicious. I'm going to start copying these and have a great big file for them, so that I can refer back to them. I'm going to call my files, "Chad's Tips." These tips are too good to let pass by. Keep them coming!
Posted @ Wednesday, August 24, 2011 10:33 AM by Doreatha L. Penn
I print these tips and keep referring back to them periodically so they stay fresh in my mind.
Posted @ Thursday, August 25, 2011 2:08 PM by Brenda
I only started my studies with Med-Line a few weeks ago and I have started a file with these tips. Thanks Chad for all the good advice. I am so glad I started this new chapter in my life!!!
Posted @ Friday, August 26, 2011 8:55 PM by Lisa
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