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Wednesday Transcription Tip- Help With Specialties

Posted by Chad Sines on Wed, Aug 24, 2011 @ 07:00 AM

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!

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