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!
Continued on Thursday