March 8, 2017
Proofreading with a checklist

Check, Please! 5 Tips for Proofreading Your Transcription Reports

Avoid Making Simple Errors There are worse things than making a proofreading mistake involving a concept you know really well, but it sure does feel pretty […]
March 12, 2015
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Excel Basics: Creating a Workbook

Microsoft Excel is a program that allows you to organize and manipulate data. It can sort data, perform calculations (using formulas), and make it easy to find and search the exact data you are looking for. The great thing about Excel is that it can be extremely useful to a very wide variety of people. From organizing a household budget to running functions for thousands of cells of data, Excel can be useful to pretty much anyone. Excel can look pretty daunting to a first-time user - this tutorial will cover the basic functions of the program. Let’s look at creating a workbook, customizing a...

February 26, 2015
How to Personalize your home office

3 Tips To Learn How To Personalize Your Home Office

Make Your Office Your Own Most of us are at work or in our home office at least 40 hours a week. That's almost one quarter of our life each week! My workspace is truly my home away from home, and as you finish your education and start your new career, yours will be as well. With that being said, why not make it as comfortable as your living room? Many of my co-workers like to drop by my work area just to say "hi" because they tell me how relaxing and comfortable it is over here – it's all about ambience! Your desire to work should come out of a sense of passion and....

February 11, 2015

4 Tips to Increase Productivity and Income as an MT

Every medical transcriptionist from time to time wonders how to increase their work production and pay check. Your MTSO (employer) may give you a minimum line count to meet, and fulfilling that requirement sooner may free up your schedule for the rest of the day. Here are a few tips that our MT instructors have found helpful over the years to increase their productivity and accuracy - whether you worked as an independent contractor or employee for a hospital or clinic. 1. Save your keystrokes Invest in a good word expander. Word expanders are programs that allow 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 23, 2014
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Top 10 Tips for Getting the Most out of Google

One of the most popular phrases in society today is "Google it". It's almost impossible to go a day without hearing that phrase; the word "Google" has actually been added to the Oxford English Dictionary as a verb. What you may not be aware of as a Medical Transcriptionist is that you can utilize Google in many different ways to find the medical terms you are searching for. Here are a few ways to improve the accuracy of your search: Use Google Suggest. You don’t have to know the exact spelling of a word. You can start entering...

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