November 14, 2014
Isolations Effects

Isolation Effects And Working From Home

There are many advantages and perks to working from home. You save money on gas and auto expenses, you have a better level of comfort, and you can wear your slippers if you want. You get to be there more for your families. These are all just some of the many bonuses that a work-from-home career can offer. Challenges of working from home Many people, especially those in the transcription industry and those new to the transcription industry, like the idea of working at home. There are, however, challenges to working from home, and one of the biggest dangers is the...

November 3, 2014
write a cover letter

How to Write a Cover Letter When You Work from Home

Your chosen career field in Medical Transcription is unique in that much of the MT population works from home in a virtual environment. For that reason, the cover letter and resume that you construct invariably create the impression, and it could be your only chance to engage a prospective employer! It is critical that you make an outstanding first impression that will urge an employer to take a closer look. As a new graduate, you will want to take advantage of this first impression by creating a captivating cover letter and supporting resume. Tips for Writing Your Cover Letter

October 27, 2014
medical sound-alikes

12 Medical Sound-Alikes And Tips For Dealing With Them

Medical words that sound similar (and how to deal with them) Sound-alike words can pose a challenge to transcriptionists. For example, there is a vast difference between ileum and ilium, even though they sound the same. It could be a critical mistake to type the wrong word into a medical report. The ileum refers to the distal portion of the colon while ilium refers to the superior portion of the hip bone. Using the wrong word could make the medical report very confusing and could potentially put a patient's life at risk.

September 29, 2014
good listening ear

How To Develop Effective Listening Skills: Mad Gab

Mad Gab for Transcriptionists As you may know all too well, one of the hardest things about transcription is developing the listening ear. Developing a listening ear means being able to untangle complicated dictated phrases. For Medical Transcriptionists, this means developing a listening ear for the language of medicine. Almost all of the words that you are trying to untangle are brand new to you...

September 15, 2014
The Book of Style

Everything You Need to Know About the Book of Style

The BOS is often called the ‘Bible’ of transcription rules and styles. Something I have noticed, in both chat and with practicum students, is that many students don’t use the Book of Style for Medical Transcription (BOS). Many aren’t even sure what is being talked about when it is brought up. I’d like to help you become a little more familiar with what it contains and how it can help you be a better transcriptionist. The Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI), who publishes this style guide describes it as “streamlined and strategically reorganized flow of critical data, enhanced explanation of standards and practical application, robust examples taken from clinical medicine settings, and so much more.” Heavy....

September 8, 2014
How to respond to a meeting request in Outlook

How to Respond with a Meeting Request in Outlook

Most of us know how to send an email in Microsoft Outlook. But do you really know how to use those other features and functions that Outlook provides? Proficiency in Outlook is a must in the corporate world today, and Outlook amateurs will find themselves scrambling to get caught up on their skills! Let’s say a co-worker sends you and the other management staff an email about the sales team, and you would like to set a meeting about it. Microsoft Outlook allows you to reply to the email message with a meeting request, without forcing you to leave your inbox and open your Calendar. When you respond to a message with Meeting Reply, a meeting request is created with everyone who was on....

August 5, 2014
4 tips to improve your chances of being hired

4 Tips to Improve Your Chances of Being Considered For a Job

If you are thinking about replying to a job posting, make sure you are responding in a way that is going to improve your chances of being considered. Follow the application instructions carefully This is probably the first time you will come in contact with the employer, and it is true that first impressions are extremely important. In order to handle job applications in a professional and efficient manner, employers have certain processes that they ask applicants to follow. This employer asked that the applicant simply submit their resume. If 'Jane' wanted more information...

June 30, 2014
certification

Should I Get a Certification in Healthcare Documentation?

Becoming certified as either a Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist (RHDS) or a Certified Healthcare Documentation Specialist (CHDS) is very important to your HDS career: in fact, it's more than just a bunch of letters after your name. Try to get your credentials as soon as possible after you graduate from your Medical Transcription course, while everything is still fresh in your mind. Even before you get your first job, study for your credentialing exam. As a new medical transcriptionist who is not familiar with credentialing, you might think "why should I bother, it doesn't necessarily mean that I get paid more!"

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