As MT students enrolled in the Advanced Medical Transcription Online Course for Medical Transcription through Med-Line School, you are brought into this prestigious career with the most up-to-date course materials, but most importantly you are provided an instructor who will be your mentor. As instructors, we wish to emphasize that it is up to the student to use the opportunity to work directly with us, as this will allow us the most knowledge of your individual needs, goals, and talent to bring you to your full potential as a medical transcriptionist. Some portions of the program present different issues for different people, so we want to review the steps that you need to take, and suggest that you take them in a one step at a time manner, and not look ahead. When you have a huge set of objectives with tests and research projects, we have found that the most successful way to bring you to completion with the least amount of frustration or trouble is to tackle it one step at a time.
We strongly recommend students from any program not go surfing the chat rooms and involve themselves in negativity or politics related to medical transcription. Like everything else, there are the normal bandwagons, and although we live in a free country and have freedom of speech, any negativity will only serve to undermine your efforts. That is not to say that you should not be kept abreast on ethics, technology, confidentiality, networking – those are positives. There are postings online that relate to gloom and doom subjects of medical transcription, such as speech recognition, shipping work to overseas, and the worst of them all being the postings that you won’t get a job unless you have 2 years’ experience. These issues are myths and have only served to enhance my transcription experience in a positive way – speech recognition can only do so much, i.e. filling in the ADT/patient information, it helps us. I don’t run across it often and it does not affect me. With regard to shipping work overseas, the confidentiality issues have come to surface and may have slowed that process. However, on the positive side, the MTs available in this country can only handle about 35% of the work. There’s too much work and not enough MTs. It’s all a matter of how you look at things – to me, these negatives are really positives. If you are good at what you do, you are not going to run out of work. If you provide quality documentation and you are a positive attribute to a company, you are going to have more work than you can imagine. It’s been that way for years, and I don’t expect it to change.
Using large services as an example, they have in the past hired students from various school programs. One has recently gone to using a staffing service. Their website says 2 years’ experience. If trained by the right school, use the services of the instructor by making regular contact and working with the instructor to make your individual issues apparent and then address them with a positive attitude, the rules can be amended. It is up to us as a team to weed out the issues and bring you to realize your talent, and the way we can do that is to have you work closely with the instructors. They are interested in you, so allow me to prepare you for that level of expertise in next Monday’s article.