Many medical transcriptionists learned medical transcription at home from a medical transcription home course or on the job. As is common knowledge, many programs do not provide the advanced training that medical transcriptionists need to remain competitive in this evolving industry. I consistently receive calls from graduates of those 4-12 month programs who learned all too late that there is too much knowledge to learn in such a short time.
I recently spoke to an individual who worked on an account for the last 10 years. The account was bought out by a large medical transcription service organization and due to the simplistic work level, it was sent overseas. The medical transcriptionist was placed on an acute care level account with the corresponding bump in pay. As she stated, she knew from the beginning that she was nowhere near ready for that type of work and was ultimately let go a few weeks later. What makes the story sadder is that this is not an uncommon story. The buying and selling of medical transcription service organizations is a common practice. It is not uncommon for medical transcriptionists of in-house facilities or smaller companies to find themselves placed in either an advanced clinical work or acute care environment with the expectation that they have the knowledge to perform the work. Those without it, often do not like the outcome of needing to find alternative employment.
The other common scenario is the medical transcriptionist who is not being given the opportunity to advance to acute care work with the higher pay due to either no experience or having tried it in the past with a less than stellar success. A prospect this month shared how despite having great QA scores, she was not allowed to move to acute care because of no experience. She felt she was stuck in her current position without an opportunity to advance unless she received formal training to gain both the knowledge and experience to show she was capable of handling the workload.
While one learns a lot in the course of day-to-day medical transcribing, moving to a higher level of medical transcription requires a focused effort that is industry proven. Acute care is such a broad topic that it is difficult to learn without a strategic approach. While there are choices in medical transcription online schools for those entering the workforce, Med-Line School of Medical Transcription has the only program designed to take a medical transcriptionist from the clinic work level to the acute care level in as little as 6 months.
Learn more about our Career Advancement/Acute Care Transition program and see how Med-Line can help take your medical transcription career to the next level.