How to be a good medical transcriptionist

January 31, 2012 Samantha

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Being a good medical transcriptionist takes specialist knowledge. If you would like to pursue a career in medical transcription it is worth taking into account the amount of work and study that may be involved, before you decide that it is what you want to do. You need to take time to learn the relevant medical terminology. You will also have to have a high level of accuracy, as this is required when transcribing dictation or typing important medical documents.

Although you can find work as a medical transcriptionist without formal training, it is a good idea to get some kind of training. You can get in the form of an accredited online course which may be expensive, or if possible, through work experience in a health care facility. As medical transcription is a highly competitive industry, it can really help your chances of finding employment if you are properly trained. Many companies will not employ a freelance Medical transcriptionist that has less than five years’ in house experience within either a private practice or with the NHS.

As well as being an accurate typist, it is also important that you can stick to tight deadlines without getting flustered and that you are meticulous and reliable in your work ethic. Being a fast typist is helpful, but it certainly not the most important thing when you are providing a medical transcription service.

If you decide that you want to offer medical transcription services, you will be responsible for producing a variety of documents. Medical transcription involves typing medical notes, medical reports, dictation, correspondence and a whole lot more. It is also advisable that you specialise in a particular field such as Cardiology, Oncology or Dermatology for example. Otherwise you may find that you are spending large amounts of time looking up different terminology instead of typing.

It is also extremely important that you have a good grasp of the English language (assuming the you are typing English!) and that you have excellent grammar, punctuation and spelling.

If you are not sure about whether medical transcription is a career that you would like to pursue, it may be worth talking to other medical transcriptionists or medical secretaries, to get advice and feedback on what the job involves. As with any professional career, providing Medical Transcription Services has it pros and cons. Being a good medical transcriptionist is not easy and takes time and hard work, but can be a rewarding and enjoyable career.


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