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Medical transcriptionists

Medical transcriptionistsMedical transcriptionists transcribe physicians` dictated recordings into written medical reports, correspondence, and other administrative material.

Those with post-secondary degrees in medical transcription are more likely to become employed. Vocational schools, community colleges, and distance learning programs offer either two year associate degrees or one year certificate programs in medical transcription. Coursework includes anatomy, medical terminology, legal issues relating to healthcare documentation, and English grammar and punctuation. Students often receive on-the-job training as well.

On a typical day a Medical Transcriptionist will:

  • receive dictation from physicians or other health care professionals, increasingly over the Internet;


  • listen to recordings on a headset;


  • key text into a personal computer or word processor;


  • produce discharge summaries, history and physical examination reports, operative reports, consultation reports, autopsy reports, diagnostic imaging studies, progress notes, and referral letters;


  • edit materials for grammar and clarity, if necessary;


  • look for inconsistencies and errors in reports and check with the physician or healthcare professional in order to correct them;


  • sometimes use voice recognition software which translates dictation into written text and creates reports which they must then edit for mistakes in translation and grammar; and


  • return transcribed documents to the physicians or other healthcare professionals who dictated them for review and signature, or correction


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