Medical Transcription is highly specialized and does require certain skills and training. Above all, know that this is NOT a "get-rich-quick" career, regardless of what you might have seen advertised by some companies trying to sell you their overpriced educational material.
A medical transcriptionist is a medical language specialist who interprets and transcribes dictation by medical professionals. This dictation covers pretty much everything that takes place between the health care provider and the patient. Usually, the information is recorded either into tape or onto digital voice processing systems. The process of medical transcription is transferring this information using word processing.
It can certainly pay well, but be prepared to work! Becoming a medical language specialist is not something you can learn in 4 or 6 weeks, so keep that in mind when searching for your training program.
Generally, some of the skills you need are keyboarding, which is more than just typing. Keyboarding means being proficient using all the keys on your keyboard. Also, excellent spelling and grammar skills are a must, along with an ability to retain what you have learned. Procrastination is not a trait that works well in this profession.
I have found that most companies like to hire MT's that have previous in-house experience (meaning they want someone who has worked in a hospital or clinic) before they will hire someone to work @home. Many ask for applicants with at least a year or two of experience working in a clinic or hospital.
When you are researching training programs, look for one with a strong grounding in English grammar, anatomy & physiology, pharmacology, and lots of practice dictation tapes from REAL doctors and other health professionals. Talk to people who have taken the course, and see if they were satisfied with the education, support, and materials they received.
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