Professional Development for Healthcare Professions Blog

Picking the Right School

Posted by Marcia Gordon on Mon, Mar 26, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

medical transcriptionOne of the most common questions of new or nearing graduates is “How do I increase my chances of finding that great job?” Why do some have it easier than others in the job hunt? We are going to start a series on this topic that will help you position yourself for success.

 

Attend an ACCP-approved program with industry respect that is fully staffed with CHDS instructors.

Anyone looking for a medical transcription school will quickly see that there are many programs vying for your business, some legit, some not. Choosing the right program is vital for success. The program must have the respect of the industry or recruiters will not recognize you as a competent applicant. In all my years working with students through AHDI, this is probably the most common concern. A student attends a program and upon graduation finds out no one will hire them. It can be disheartening to hear from recruiters that you need to go back to a “legitimate” school.

Is the program ACCP approved?
MTSOs are quickly seeing the value in graduates from ACCP-approved programs. This standard quickly weeds out graduates from substandard programs. The reasons why a program is not ACCP-approved are irrelevant. If the program is not approved, walk away.

Are there real instructors who are ALL CHDS?
While there are some program components that do not require a CHDS, ie technology education, all MT work should be taught by a CHDS. There is no “but” to this statement. If you will not have a real instructor who is a CHDS, look for a premium program that values your education. Those in charge of the curriculum and program development should also be a CHDS. While there may be additional credentials that educators may possess, the CHDS should never be optional.

Does the medical transcription school have industry respect?
How long have they been in business? Call around to potential employers to see who they recommend. Look at pass rates for the RMT. Ask about job placement statistics. Are they more interested in churning out numbers or educating high-quality MTs?

If you are a student or graduate of Med-Line School, you more than meet these standards. Med-Line is an ACCP-approved program with CHDS instructors, a CHDS-run program, with the highest respect in the industry. Med-Line is actively working to raise the standards of MT education so that all students will receive the quality of education that has benefited our graduates. If you would like more information on our premium program, check out Med-Line School.

Topics: Professional Development, Credentialing, Medical Transcription Training

9 Steps to a Successful Medical Transcription Career, part 5

Posted by Marcia Gordon on Mon, Dec 11, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

SuccessSTEP 8:  ATTAINING YOUR CREDENTIALS

It is highly recommended upon completion of the program that the student studies for and takes the RHDS examination (Registered Healthcare Documentationa Specialist) offered through AHDI. It is important for employers to know that you have attained certain skills and developed your talents for this chosen career. The RHDS is a key indicator of this skill level and one that every graduate should be eager to obtain. As a professional medical transcriptionist with at least 2 years of practical experience advanced skills, you will be eligible to sit for the CHDS exam. The CHDS exam ensures employers you have advanced knowledge in your profession. CHDSs are in high demand in quality assurance, management, and as educators. The CHDS opens doors for the medical transcriptionist. In addition, AHDI offers a fellowship designation for medical transcriptionists who are seeking professional fulfillment in the areas of leadership, mentoring, teaching, speaking, writing, and volunteering of one’s talents. The fellowship is an honor for those who have worked hard in the industry and demonstrated their efforts. To learn more about these credentials and designation, go to http://www.ahdionline.org or speak to a Med-Line representative.

STEP 9:  SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE

As you become more knowledgeable and experienced in the industry, the time will come for you to share your talents with those new to the field, as was done for you when you began. This is a wonderful moment to begin to give back and take your education to the next level.  The industry needs more medical transcriptionists, like you, who will be dedicated, reliable, and ethical professionals in the healthcare delivery profession.

Will you step up to this challenge?

Topics: Professional Development, Medical Transcription Training

9 Steps to a Successful Medical Transcription Career, part 4

Posted by Marcia Gordon on Mon, Dec 04, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

SuccessSTEP 6:  GET INVOLVED AND NETWORK

Healthcare documentation has a wealth of online resources, both professionally and personally. There is more than enough activities to keep you busy and active. You will be very satisfied with the prestige of your in demand career. There are numerous opportunities for leadership and advancement as you gain experience. Enrollment and involvement in professional organizations, especially AHDI (Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity) and attending online and in person meetings and networking, is highly recommended and promises to be rewarding as you learn from others.

STEP 7:  EVALUATIONS AND REFLECTION

Being a medical transcriptionist has so many benefits that it is hard to make a list, but most importantly the opportunity for the professional to evaluate their life and make huge advancements ethically, intellectually, professionally, and spiritually, by coming to the realization that belonging to this profession provides employment that really matters. Medical transcriptionists grow to realize the importance of their position, and the delicate balance they have to maintain with respect to integrity, honor, and reliance. A medical transcriptionist does not stop learning, nor do they stop developing greater personal and professional advancements. Medical transcriptionists are reliable and trustworthy. A medical transcriptionist is responsible for healthcare information that we must safeguard, and that responsibility is taken very serious.

Read steps 8 and 9 next week.

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Topics: Professional Development, Medical Transcription Training

9 Steps to a Successful Medical Transcription Career, Part 3

Posted by Chad Sines on Mon, Nov 27, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

SuccessSTEP 4:  BEGIN YOUR STUDIES

Organize your study activities, plan your time, stave off procrastination and be self-disciplined– make it your routine to continue your studies, keep a positive attitude and focus. Avoid looking too far ahead; take it one step at a time. It is very easy to freak yourself out when you look at an entire program and try to take it all in at once. Rest assured, the program is designed around both your ability to complete it as well as what it takes to make you a successful medical transcriptionist. As you progress through the program, you will begin seeing your studies come together as it hones you into a quality medical transcriptionist.

STEP 5:  OBTAINING YOUR SKILLS

Realize that there is a certain point in your training program where you will have to rely upon your instructor to mentor you through any hurdles. Transcription is more than knowing how to spell medical words, memorizing drug names, and simply typing what you hear. Medical transcription involves ethics, dedication, critical thinking, patience, and the ability to work well with others, who will help guide you to success, as those who have been guided before you.

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Topics: Professional Development, Medical Transcription Training

9 Steps to a Successful Medical Transcription Career, Part 2

Posted by Marcia Gordon on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

SuccessSTEP 2:  RESEARCH THE CAREER

Find out what being a medical transcriptionist is all about. You should all and speak with our experienced instructors. Read materials describing the profession. Visit the professional association’s website. A great first step is to schedule a call with an actual instructor to learn about the program and the profession.

STEP 3:  CHOOSE THE RIGHT PROGRAM FOR YOUR TRAINING

A high quality AHDI-Approved school will set you up for career success. Selecting an AHDI-approved school not only assures you that the curriculum will meet the minimum standards for success. It also assures students they will be mentored by CHDS instructors. An ideal instructor - student relationship would be one that allows you personalization and a more hands-on approach to your mentoring. The mentoring relationship is a back and forth interaction with a live instructor who is vested in your success. You get what you put into this relationship. It is not a passive one. You ask questions, receive feedback, and apply it going forward.

Be cautious of ‘tiered’ or ‘package’ programs. There should be a single program that teaches you everything you need to know as a transcriptionist to work any job. Make sure you understand which ‘tier’ or ‘package’ is the actual full program, as the lower tiers/packages may not provide a complete education. Do not count on the program to volunteer this information. Be sure to ask.

Ask how many students there are per instructor. Often you will learn that your work is graded by a computer versus a live instructor who can give you quality feedback.

Watch for programs that offer to graduate you in mere months, as this is not a realistic time frame for quality training in this career. Medical transcription is a lifelong career. To be successful, you must have quality training and actual experience. This quality and experience will take longer than 6-9 months. A quality program is going to take you about a year to finish

When seeking a program, watch for added “fluff” in the program’s material list. Ensure that there are no hidden charges later in the program that just pop up out of nowhere. Verify what materials are important to your training and what is filler used to make a program seem superior.

Read steps 4 and 5 next week

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Topics: Professional Development, Medical Transcription Training

9 Steps to a Successful Medical Transcription Career, Part 1

Posted by Marcia Gordon on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 @ 11:00 AM


successMed-Line has been educating healthcare documentation specialists for over 20 years now. We have the experience and track record to back up our training methodologies. Over the next few weeks, we would like to share what we feel are 9 steps that will take you to success in medical transcription. The steps also apply to medical coding.

STEP 1:  ASSESS YOUR ABILITIES

Medical transcriptionists need to develop excellent grammar, spelling, and punctuation skills. In addition, medical transcriptionists must develop critical thinking skills.  Fortunately there are plenty of sites online to help one assess and develop their grammar skills. The Guide to Grammar and Writing offers a lot of information for those looking to develop their grammatical skills. Learning to think critically is a skill that takes time to develop. For the transcriptionist, the first step is learning to never type anything that you do not clearly hear or understand. This is one of the most difficult things for the medical transcriptionist to learn although it is one of the most important.

MTs must have good auditory acuity. Although the profession can be tailored for many challenges, the medical transcriptionist must be able to hear clearly in order to transcribe a document. 

Read steps 2 and 3 next week.

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Topics: Professional Development, Medical Transcription Training

Do Med-Line Graduates Get Jobs?

Posted by Chad Sines on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 @ 12:27 PM

Job OfferOne of the most common questions I hear from potential transcription students is “What are the chances of me finding a job when I graduate?” The question is very legitimate as many programs simply churn out graduates, hand them a list of employers who at some point said they will consider their graduates, and then send them on their way. It is no wonder many of these individuals have a hard time finding employment. 

What makes Med-Line so special? Simple. We train well beyond the ACCP criteria. All our MT instructors and our program director are CMTs. We do not offer weak 6-9 month programs that leave graduates unprepared for jobs. We teach our graduates that the RMT is a necessity and not an option for a professional. We offer an internship to qualified graduates that allow an intensive mentoring to work out those beginning job jitters and development of real-world applications.

What really makes Med-Line extra special? Over time our management staff has made contact with many service owners, managers, and recruiters. We give each graduate personal placement assistance. We use what we have learned about the MT, what work they tell us interests them, and what needs our networking contacts have shared with us. Instead of sending a graduate to bang on the door, we are able to introduce our graduate to the right people. This more than gets their foot in the door…It opens that door wide. That is real job placement assistance. 

No program can guarantee a student employment. Not even the elite Ivy League schools graduating physicians can make that promise; however, Med-Line’s individual attention and placement allows a much higher success. 

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Topics: Medical Transcription Training

Can We Finally Set the Record Straight- MT is in High Demand

Posted by Chad Sines on Thu, Aug 14, 2014 @ 01:00 PM

Med-Line School of Medical TranscriptionA bizarre trend keeps rearing its ugly head. Someone interested in medical transcription will call and during the course of the conversation will say “a friend of mine said that medical transcription is going away.” I chuckle a little and explain just how many requests for our graduates we have had in the last couple of months. I get someone who does not know the industry asking the question. It is a valid, responsible question for anyone considering a new career. Here is the head slapper. How many of us have read or heard a medical transcriptionist say “medical transcription is going away..there are no jobs..” How many of us have heard it multiple times this week?

Every time I hear someone say this I want to scream because every acute care transcription company knows this is utter…..had to pause to avoid a bad word…nonsense. Acute care transcription companies are looking for acute care medical transcriptionists in every nook and cranny they can find. My sister who left the industry many years ago received a call regarding a resume she sent 5+ years ago. That is how desperate these companies are for acute care MTs. Not desperate as in they are desperate if they are asking my sister but desperate in the extent they are going to in order to find people. They are dredging their entire past databases of potential acute care transcription MTs.

What people are not fully realizing is that CLINIC WORK medical transcription jobs are becoming more difficult as to acquire as a viable long-term plan. Depending on the type of clinic work accounts, much of the work is the first to go offshore or to 100% speech recognition. ACUTE CARE transcription should be a long-term goal for all because it remains in high demand. For some reason our industry and professional association has failed to emphasize this. People are finally beginning to realize that those 6-9 month courses did not prepare them for long-term success. We get tons of calls from MTs who are looking to step up their skill set so they will be viable long term.

I receive a lot of calls from people interested in our Acute Care Transition program. It is the only clinic work to Acute Care Transition program in existence. This program fills in the gaps left behind by clinic work training, those who learned on the job, or those without acute care experience. Interestingly we get a lot of calls from new graduates of 4-9 month program graduates who were told they were not employable despite their ACCP-approved program. The Acute Care Transition program is designed with one purpose in mind, develop an acute care MT and get them acute care work. The program is designed around preparing individuals academically for the new work types and then immersing them in acute care transcription practice. It becomes a process where the MT is being evolved into the acute care MT and then transitioned into long-term positions. Where else does someone get the opportunity to experience a paid acute care internship where the MT is able to do real acute care transcriptions? Once they complete the program, graduates qualify for individualized job placement.

I am sure the myth of jobs being scarce will continue, but those with acute care training will continue to enjoy their security and in-demand status as more and more clinic work MTs slowly realize that they need additional training to remain viable in a fast-moving industry that is quickly leaving clinic work MTs behind.

Topics: Medical Transcription Training

Your New Career as a Medical Transcriptionist

Posted by Chad Sines on Mon, May 05, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

Get jobAre you seeking a new career? Looking for something that you know will have jobs available in the future? What about a career in medical transcription? Medical Transcriptionists are currently in high-demand. You can train in a matter of months and earn money as a full-time employee, or a work-at-home contractor. Let's examine some of the benefits of medical transcription credential training. 

Full-Time Employment

Medical transcription credential training will give you the boost you need to jump start your new career. With premium transcription training from Med-Line School and their credential preparation program, you will find yourself qualified to work for national services, hospitals, clinics and doctors as a skilled, full-time employee. 

Self-Employment

As a private contractor, you will have the opportunity to have as many private clients that you have the ability to service. Thinking bigger? Why not be an entrepreneur and start your own medical transcription company? You can hire your own staff of skilled medical transcriptionists to work for you. Obtain your own contracts with hospitals, clinics and doctors and have your team there to provide the quality work. Sound good? This could be you with the right medical transcription credential training. 

High Demand

Over the last decade, doctors have made the transition from tapes to digital dictation. They found that tape files took up too much storage space. Plus, they are just not as secure as digital audio files, which can be transmitted over secure servers. Only highly skilled professionals are qualified to provide these services. That's why medical transcriptionists are currently in high-demand. How does this benefit you once your medical transcription credential training is complete?
  • The documents can be transmitted to anywhere from your work-at-home office. That means that you can live in one state, and have a medical transcription client in a completely different state.
  • Insurance companies will not pay invoices submitted by hospitals, clinics and doctors until the completed transcription report is submitted. They need trained transcriptionists like you to do this.
  • Jobs in the healthcare field are in high-demand, even in our tough economy. No matter how rough things get, people will always get sick, have accidents, give birth, need x-rays and need regular check-ups. Your medical transcription training will qualify you to become an important part of this ever-growing field. 
     

Growing Field

  • The US Department of Labor has done extensive research on the upcoming growth in the healthcare industry. They project an 11% growth in the industry in the next seven years. They further project that it will generate 3.2 million new jobs by 2018. Of the 20 fastest growing occupations, 10 belong to the healthcare field.
  • A study was done by the Medical Transcription Industry Alliance (now CDIA). According to CDIA's 2011 U.S. Transcription Services Study, the medical transcription market has an expected growth of 15-20% over the next decade. With an expected growth that high, don't you think it's time to complete your medical transcription credential training to start your new career now?

* Isn't that a great reason to start your medical transcription training now? 

Choose the Right School

Med-Line School is ADHI-approved. We offer licensed distance learning courses, fully-credentialed CMT instructors, an externship and superior job placement services. Contact us for medical transcription credential training pricing information. 



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Chad Sines, MS, MBA, AHDI-F
Director of Admissions

Topics: Medical Transcription Training

New Medical Transcription Resource Worth Getting

Posted by Chad Sines on Mon, Apr 01, 2013 @ 11:43 AM

Diane Book

We have great news. Our Director of Education has published another book!! 

Diane Gilmore's newest book focuses on advanced medical transcription practice with an opportunity to practice document preparation and other activities in an unsupervised environment, which is similar to what a real medical transcriptionist does.  Each chapter is designed to focus on one specialty utilizing comprehension exercises that test your knowledge, followed by transcription activities with real doctors that make learning fun and interesting.  Cloze exercises encourage the use of critical thinking skills to fill in missing information in reports while listening to the audio.  Keyboard transcriptions cover dictations that encompass a variety of problems in each specialty. 

Finally, you can try a taste of medical editing with speech recognition audio files that challenge you to create and format a concise, accurate medical document.  Each chapter also provides helpful Book of Style reminders regarding a particular medical specialty, helpful computer shortcuts using MS-Word, and valuable transcription tips involving each specialty that can only come from a practicing MT. 

You can pre-order this amazing book now

Topics: Medical Transcription Training