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....

July 7, 2014
Learning Language Medicine

Learning The Language of Medicine

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.

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