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


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 or speak to a Med-Line representative.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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

Goal Setting Series - Ten Goals To Commit To - Pt 4

Posted by Chad Sines on Tue, Jun 25, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Continued from Part 3

Now that you know the importance of goals and the keys to successfully meeting those goals, I would like to give you ten goals worthy of setting as a starting place. These goals will serve you well as you pursue our premium training programs and work towards your professional dreams.

Med-Line Goal
1.  Personal Development
The single best investment any of us can ever make is in our own personal growth and development. The accumulation of knowledge means everything to your future.
2.  Excellent Physical Health
Your body impacts everything you do. Take good care of it through proper nourishment, exercise and rest.

3.  Rest, Relaxation and Renewal
We must take good care of ourselves without feeling guilty.

4.  Building a Loving Family
Family is the emotional core of our lives. We should make constant deposits into everyone's emotional bank account.

5.  Intimate Relationships With Your Friends
Surround yourself with nourishing friends. Share yourself with them and let them share themselves with you.

6.  Involvement In Your Community
The definition of a life well lived must include a commitment to serving others.

7.  Excellence in Your Work
Develop a reputation for excellence. A sincere commitment to excellence is a noble goal.

8.  Financial Freedom

Money is important. Exercise wisdom in all your financial dealings.

9.  A Comfortable, Loving Home

The single biggest investment most of us will ever make should be comfortable and lined with love.

10.  Peace of Mind
There is no substitute for peace of mind. Everything you do either supports it or takes away from it.

It is time to begin your journey. Share some of your goals with us in the comment section.

Topics: Professional Development

Goal Setting Series - Ten Keys to Success - Pt 3

Posted by Chad Sines on Tue, Jun 18, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Continued from Part 2

We already spoke about the importance of goals. Today I would like to discuss how to achieve any goals you set by following ten simple keys. These are applicable to your success at Med-Line School as well as the rest of your life.

1.  Write It Down
Goals are specific, measurable, and time-bounded. Write your goals so that they reflect all three components.
2.  List Your Personal Benefits
Identify exactly "Why" you want to achieve this goal. List all the ways you will you benefit personally.
3.  Analyze Your Current Position
Success is information dependent. You need integrity in your information. Identify exactly your specific strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities as it relates to achieving this goal.
4.  Identify Obstacles and Risks

List everything that could possibly prevent you from achieving this goal.
5.  Identify Investments and Sacrifices
List everything, including time, money, and sacrifices that you can anticipate.

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6.  Knowledge Requirements
Identify what additional knowledge you need to acquire or have access to.
7.  Support Team

List the people, groups, and organizations you may need help from as well as the specific role each one plays.
8.  Develop Your Plan

List in chronological order each activity and their corresponding target dates for completion. Use all the information gathered in previous steps to develop your plan.
9.  Set a Deadline

Determine on what date you will achieve this goal
10.  Reward and Celebrate

Identify your reward for the achievement of this goal. You deserve it!

Topics: Professional Development

Goal Setting Series - Becoming All You Can Be - Pt 2

Posted by Chad Sines on Tue, Jun 11, 2013 @ 07:00 AM


Continued from part 1

You should be able to measure specifically your goal enough so you will be able to identify its completion.
Regarding the criteria of “setting a deadline”, know that this can be adjusted and exact end-points can be updated.  You can have ongoing goals, sustained over time, managed, tracked, and may never end.  For instance, “keep myself in excellent physical condition” should have no end date, as would “be an honest and trustworthy person”.
It is recommended that you have an equal balance of one short-term and one long-term goal at any given time.  Setting short-term goals assures frequent victories and provides motivation.  Long-term goals keep you going in the right direction and provide a great sense of purpose, skill, and learning.  Long-term goals give us excitement.
It is important to not focus on the goal so much that you forget the reason you set it in the first place.  Things change, the world changes, so can you.  You have the right to reassess the goal along the way.  Follow-through, however, is very important.  Be honest with yourself and allow yourself to change your mind.  Don’t change your mind too frequently or you may not accomplish anything.
Most goals change over time and they should change somewhat.  Do not cancel a goal for the reason of procrastination when it is something you really care to do.
Fear of failure is the biggest issue for many, and the reason we don’t attempt things we wish we could accomplish.  The only true failure is the failure to make an attempt.
If you do not succeed, you will have at least gained a learning experience and skill making it all the better to try again.  If you partially succeed, that is more success than before.  If you need to save up $1,000.00, and only save $850.00 by your deadline, this is not considered a failure as you’re still $850.00 ahead.
Know the reasons behind your goal.  The more you understand something you want, the more motivated you will become to achieving it.
For the most part, prioritize goals by timing instead of importance.
Tips to help you proceed at once in identifying a goal are as follows:

  • Break goal down into small steps
  • List obstacles and tasks needed to overcome them
  • Assign realistic timeframes
  • Add, delete, adjust obstacles and tasks as appropriate
  • Add notes to your goals
  • Solicit support from family and friends
  • Tune out negativity and don’t let people pull you down – sometimes you have to keep your goals private 

It is your responsibility to stay on track.  You alone decide what you want to accomplish.  Avoid procrastination by a “do it now” policy.  Do something toward your goal.  Schedule a time and place to get things done and don’t break these appointments.  Send E-mail reminders to yourself or have a friend send you reminders on specific. Learn what works for you and what does not work.

Remember, there is no perfect strategy. This is a life-long venture to better yourself

What would you do if you knew you could not fail? Share it below in the comment section.

Topics: Professional Development

Goal Setting Series - Becoming All You Can Be - Pt 1

Posted by Chad Sines on Tue, Jun 04, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Goal Setting at Med-Line SchoolThis is part one of a four-part series on goals.

Whether you are a first timer or an experienced goal setter, I hope this inspires some of you to track and cross off tasks. It can be such a tremendous reward to accomplish a goal, big or small.  Don’t forget to celebrate your success!
In the healthcare business, we are already blessed with ambition; the ability to work unsupervised, the ability to schedule our time, the ability to follow-through on projects for our paychecks, not mention the personality qualities we possess having an important career in the healthcare field – ethics, integrity, a hunger for learning, and the list goes on.  Why not take these positive attributes and apply them to our personal as well as professional life?
It does not have to be New Year’s Day to start a goals setting project.  When thinking goal setting, wisdom has taught that goal setting is extremely affective.  When considering a quality goal, it should be written, challenging, believable, specific, measurable, and have a deadline.  In the beginning when you are identifying your goals, what makes your list a little difficult is that you have to think of examples that do not directly challenge one of the above criteria.  A good goal is worthy of your pursuit.  So to begin with, define what is worthy of your pursuit.
It is important to record all of your goals.  Handwritten goals are a bit harder to update, so it is recommended you use your computer.  For motivation, you must believe (others don’t have to believe – just you) that it is at least possible to achieve the goal.  This does not mean the goal should be easy or even probable.  Completion of most difficult tasks will have deep value to you.  Remember, history’s greatest moments are the result of attempting the near impossible.  Landing on the moon?  We can work on more realistic goals.
It is recommended that you add to your goals.  List some easy goals to offset a challenging goal.  Limit the number of more challenging goals or tasks “coming due” at the same time to avoid frustration.  Easy goals build good habits and reward you with gratification, while challenging goals force you to grow.

What are your current goals? What has kept you from reaching your previous goals?

Topics: Professional Development