Quick Plural References for Healthcare Documentation Specialists Wouldn't it be just fantastic if all we had to do with a word to make it plural would be to add a simple "s" at the end? Unfortunately, it isn't that simple...there are a lot of grammar rules in the English language, and medical words complicate things even more! Fortunately, there are many resources to help Medical Transcriptionists, including the Book of Style. Below is a summary of the common rules and exceptions that you will come across in your MT career.
Learning the language of medicine is like learning any other; you need to read it, write it, and SPEAK it…at least, that’s my take on it. When you learn a language like Russian or Japanese or Spanish, you are taught to read it and write it, as we are taught to do with our medical language too. However, you also immerse yourself in it and you speak it a lot; you’re encouraged to talk the new language whenever you can and say “hello” and “goodbye” and “what’s your name?” in the new language, right? You are encouraged to “wrap your tongue” around that unfamiliar language just as quickly as possible and as often as possible right from the start.