March 8, 2017
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Check, Please! 5 Tips for Proofreading Your Transcription Reports

[feature-image alt=‘’ layout=‘’ size=‘’] Avoid Making Simple Errors There are worse things than making a proofreading mistake involving a concept you know really well, but it […]
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
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Personalizing 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
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4 Ways to Increase Productivity (and Make More Money)

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
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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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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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Robert was born in Midland, Ontario on January 11, 1953 and passed away in Nanaimo on November 20, 2009. Robert was the youngest of three. I was the oldest, Doug was the middle child. Our mother and father were divorced when we were very young. Our mother remarried a man who had three sons and then another girl and another boy was born. So there was eight of us altogether. Robert moved to Toronto, Ontario after high school and worked in various jobs there. He then moved to Edmonton, Alberta in 1976 and on to British Columbia in 1977. He lived in Vancouver, Victoria, and finally resided in Nanaimo. Robert had a great sense of determination and optimism. The more he could learn, the happier he was. He continued his education in B.C. at Simon Fraser University. He also took courses in the culinary field and worked as a chef for many years. He also studied law and worked as a paralegal. He studied religions and languages (he could speak many languages) and took many computer courses. He took a Medical Terminology Course, and Emergency First Aid which included CPR.

Unfortunately, Robert's health was never great. He was born a "Blue Baby" and not expected to live. He lived with the HIV virus and with cancer. This was a big factor in his determination to be able to work at home and was why he was taking the Medical Transcription course. Robert was involved with various charitable organizations for many, many years. He cooked numerous meals at food kitchens for the homeless, especially at Christmas and other holidays. He spent time at various senior centers, volunteering, and visiting the residents there. He was an active volunteer at the Nanaimo Parole Citizen Advisory Committee and one of the outstanding jobs he completed for them was their Committee By-laws.

I am very proud of the things that my brother achieved in his lifetime. I have received so many letters, calls and cards since his passing, all of them telling me how much he was liked and how much he will be missed. Robert spent most of his time helping others. I'm attaching a couple of pictures, one when he was very young. If there is any other information you need, please let me know. Thank you again for setting up this scholarship. It means so much to me that his name will carry on. And I know he would be extremely pleased that his name was helping others. That was his number one goal in his life - to help others.


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