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Medical terminology is the language healthcare professionals use to describe symptoms, diagnoses, and medical procedures. People who work in the healthcare industry use medical terminology daily. If you’re not in the healthcare industry, it is still extremely helpful to have a grasp on medical terminology.
Have you ever visited your doctor and left feeling confused? Well, medical terms that arise during appointments can be confusing.
For example, if you have an endoscopy, you will need to know that your digestive tract will be examined with an endoscope. Next, you’ll probably wonder what an endoscope is.
When it comes to your health, it’s important to understand exactly what is going on inside your body. Having a solid grasp of medical terminology is a great way to do so. By the way, an endoscope is a flexible tube attached to a camera that allows doctors to view inside your digestive tract.
Understanding medical terminology isn’t just for nurses, doctors, and medical practitioners. If you have a career in the healthcare industry, you should have a strong understanding of the medical language. Because you are dealing with patient records daily, you will need to understand medical language very well.
Of course, you can do a simple Google search or consulted the Stedman’s Medical Dictionary to look up the correct spelling or definition of a medical term. But doing this wastes precious time that could potentially affect an emergency situation.
Without an understanding of medical terminology, there is too much room for error; in the medical field, one small mistake can make a big difference in a patient’s life. For example, someone can prescribe the wrong medication or misinterpret diagnosis. In fact, a 2016 study found that medical error is the third leading cause of death in the United States, after heart disease and cancer.
If you’re considering a career as an MOA (Medical Office Assistant), then having a medical terminology course under your belt is definitely an asset. Being familiar with certain medical terms and procedures will make your job a lot easier. In fact, CanScribe’s new Administrative Assistant / Virtual Assistant course and the Medical Terminology course make a great pair for those hoping to become an MOA. Give it a try!