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Kind of like an education at liberal arts college...

Posted By: Busy MT'ing on 2005-12-12
In Reply to: I believe those were on the test for psych work because a lot of children - Dancin Shoes

is it necessary that I know Henry Moore is a sculptor in order to get my Bachelor's degree in Science? No...just makes me a more well-rounded individual (and NO, not my shape!). Hahaha

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Where did she get her education?
Where did she go to school and why aren't they stepping up and doing the right thing? If a school takes someone's dough, they owe them some placement assistance.....
continuing education
Spending all of your vacation time and time off working on continuing education credits?  WOW, that has not been my experience at all.  It is not that time consuming to get your credits.  You have 3 years to get your credits in and if you do it a little at a time within those 3 years, I don't find it very time consuming at all.  I think if you wait until the last possible moment, as in procrastination, then it would be a pain to have to go into panic mode to get your credits in a short time, but if you keep up with it every year and do a little here and there, it certainly is not a big deal and usually enjoyable (I love to learn!).
Do you have any transcription education?
You say you have a degree in English and Communication Arts, but dont mention any medical transcription education. This is a very specialized field and without the proper training is very hard. There is a lot of formatting aspects that is not even covered in English education.

The only thing you can really do is do research on here about a company and ask questions before taking the position. This is with any job that you take whether transcription or not.

Wish you luck.
Consider this. When I was in college in 1970 sm,
I was making $1.50 per page typing papers double-spaced!! That was the going rate then. It wasn't even transcription but typing off handwritten or typed copy.

that's nooooot education.. lol
I agree that what you say could be true, a feeling many of us have about many of those companies; but that's only an opinion based on observations, and you can bet the ad lister has a different one...and is the very method most often used to manage in this industry. big decisions get made on someone's whim, and then 100,000 others live like it's the truth..  it seems like it is why people here argue so uch.. ; people keep confusing the thoughts and opinoins as the truth and then argue madly to be right.  it's kuckooo. that note took me about an hour to write because i am so tired i am nodding off every other word.  i agree with educate thyself, but i'd caution that has not taken place here.   i suppose they could be very ineffective and inefficient recruiters as well. and likely much more.  i must be gone now. i hope i finished a few sentences..
If your college put MD on your certificate SM
would you be able to say you are a doctor?  AAMT owns the certified medical Transcriptionist designation and unless you take and pass that test you are not certified.
college degree?
Since when does a Transcriptionist have a college degree? It is not considered a college degree - it is a diploma or a certificate program.

I am very happy at present with my job as a MT. I do wish that I made more money than I did 16 years ago when I started, but I still make more than many college degree people. I am one of the people that spent the last year complaining about my income and you know what - in the last 3 months I sat down and took a good look at what I was doing and realized that a lot of my low income times were my own fault - how much time was I spending on this board, how much time was I spending walking to the laundry room, turning the TV, listening to the radio, fixing lunch for my family? I finally got me a timer and set it for an hour and work my hour instead of getting up and guess what? I consistently make $35-40 an hour - that is not cherry picking my reports, that is taking first in/first out as they come to me from the company I work for. I don't have a small clinic that I get the same doctors over and over, I work on a hospital account and have a lot of doctors and on top of that, I have only been on this job for 3 months so I am not used to these doctors by any means.

Anyway, I understand that we should have higher wages, I understand that we should be upset because our line rates are not going up and seem to be going down, but we cannot say that this profession is not a financially rewarding position if you are willing to work for it.

Where else can I go with a 1-year DIPLOMA and make $40 an hour? Then you add into the fact that yes, my power bill and internet bill is there for me to have to pay, but I am not putting gas in my car at $2.78 a gallon and driving 30 miles one way to an office, that I am not having to eat my lunch out every day, that I don't spend that extra 45 minutes to an hour driving each way every day that I don't get paid for - yes, I think we are still in a financially rewarding career!
OSI - State College, PA

Does anyone have any information about this company?  Do they have VR?  What is supervisor like?  What type of platform they use, etc.? Haven't heard much about them on this board but very curious to see if anyone has any info to offer. 



your lack of education
with regard to the profession and how businesses are run seems to make it difficult for you to understand the big picture here.

I've been in this field for a very long time and it's people who think screw the rest, I'm in it for me (this is the impression I take away from your responses) that have made it possible for a service owner (a position I also once held) to offer crap pay, no benefits, high expectations.

If you are an IC and allow yourself to be treated as an employee, you can also be creating issues with the IRS, and if your employer is found to be using ICs as employees and not paying appropriately, they can incur significant fines.

Downside is, yes, an MTSO then has the right to decline to employ you. But if MTs would refuse this type of treatment, the offers might be more in line with what's a fair earned wage.

Yes, but we need to be PAID according to our education
It is theft of services in my opinion to perform the same job - using our same knowledge and experience, mind you - takes just as long, if not longer, to edit a VR report than a typed report. We use the same knowledge base that WE have paid for ourselves that these companies now want to pay us half for.

Just because a lawyer's office did away with human secretaries, do you think they would cut the charge for their services (knowledge AND education) in half as we are expected to do with VR?

This is the only industry where they think they don't have to pay for our knowledge base. They want to pick our brains to train the damned machines and then cut our salary so THEY can put more money in their greedy pockets.

That is the bottom line.
Education. Think that I could get a job teaching and
Or at least partial forgiveness if I don't get a very high paying job at first. A dream of mine and the gov't is encouraging with loans and grants, so I decided to go for it. It will be hard work studying but then again it will help make ends meet and I will have a future, rather than sitting and feeling sorry for myself as an MT like do lately. Thanks for asking.
Education doesn't matter in MT because it's become
It's better to get a bachelor's degree. It goes much further than an MT certificate or an associate's. You get what you pay for.

Yes, I remember making 11-12 cents a line back in the early 1990s when this industry started going into the home, but those days are long gone. Time to regroup and think of something better to do for a living before we're making less than the 16-year-olds at Dairy Queen because, believe me, there will always be desperate poor people who will work for peanuts be it on American soil or elsewhere.

This industry is fast on its way to hell in a handbasket.
I graduated from a community college, but

my first job was not at a National. I got a job at a hospital first, then after two years was hired by MQ. If you can get experience, I think it's easier to get on with Nationals. It is probably possible without experience, though. I would just give it a try.

I'm an MT with an excellent education, experience in
sterling references.  Spheris did offer me a position at a $hitty rate and when the recruiter started to talk account details (covering many accounts, absurd schedule - THEY assigned me F-M middle of the night and COMPLETE INFLEXIBILITY AND UNWILLINGNESS TO DISCUSS ANYTHING OTHER THAN THEIR AGENDA), I immediately moved on.  It took me about a second to find a job that paid almost 3 cpl more than them, was able to negotiate the worktype (OP notes) I wanted and a schedule that worked for both of us.   I have been happily working my tail off for this employer to be sure that the dregs of world like Spheris stays in their pit.  MTs working for them hurt other MTs by going along with their nonsense.
There are better MT education programs out there (M-Tec and Andrews) but
CS does have segment of their program that Spheris is involved with. However, my understanding is starting pay for newbies at Spheris is low, even by today's standards.

My suggestion would be to check out other schooling options and other companies to work for before taking the leap. Do some searching of the archives here for more info both on schools and employers. (Also, you should be aware that CS has an affiliate program where people make money by getting others to sign up for their course so you may want to take any rave reviews with a grain of salt.)
I have when I graduated college, that gave it away as well!
Burned. LOL.
So right! Just because a job doesn't require a college
And if a job is worth doing well and being diligent about (which most jobs are), then they're worth paying the workers fairly for. The U.S. exploits farm workers, office workers, MTs, nurses, computer programmers, teachers, you-name-it. And they do so by not putting a cap on overpaid, do-nothing CEOs' salaries (as in.... banks and stock market, for starters!), and by rewarding companies for sending work offshore, instead of PENALIZING them financially for doing so. There should also be something done about all the work that has become IC and/or part-time work. All so they don't have to pay for insurance. Lots of highly educated computer techies now have part-time jobs and no insurance. There should be a way for IC's & part-timers to get insurance through their companies. The insurance industry needs an overhaul, as well, then maybe this would be possible. The fat-cats at the top get paid the big, over-inflated bucks because what they do (when they're not sitting around picking their noses) is they see how many insurance claims they can deny, including perfectly legitimate ones. I recently had a small claim for a medical procedure that was necessary, and I followed the ins. company's instructions to the letter. and did they pay one red cent? Nope. The industry is a fraud, and I'd love to see that one tank, just like the banks & stock market are doing right now. Then maybe something could be done about it. Meanwhile, those of us doing our respective jobs every day, and getting paid less and less, are taking pets to the pound we can no longer afford to feed, telling our kids we can only afford for them to go to a local junior college because there's no money for the real thing, watching savings accounts shrivel because we can no longer fund them, and keep siphoning off of them every few weeks to keep the bills paid, and watch any hope whatsoever of being able to live our older years with any kind of peace or security go right down the drain.

Greed sucks, and there's way too much of it in this country.
Wondering, does your college teach SM
expander use as part of its basic transcription course?
all the more reason to go to an accredited college or university
and earning potential rather than waste time and money on some fly-by-night crappola that has no credibility.
Does Amphion hire newbies with MT education? nm
NO! For 25 years of acute care exp and exc education

completely.  It was their way or the highway.  It took me about 2 minutes to get a job that paid 3 cpl more with very, very flexible scheduling.  Their flexibility and pay bought them an accurate, high-production MT that is 100% reliable and accountable. 

Also, as time goes on, Spheris' benefits have eroded.  I believe they eliminated PTO for PT.   There is no question in my mind that more and more will be taken away and pretty soon their MTs will be working for crap, have high insurance premiums, PTO and holiday time cut. 

BTW, the suits are gorging themselves on huge profits while MTs, the ones that make this all happen, get the shaft.  There is no doubt in my mind that there is a suit in one of their swank offices who does nothing but figure out how to reduce/eliminate MT costs (and likely get a huge bonus for screwing MTs for the benefit of executives).

Yes my college degree is worth more than $11 an hour.
I have an A.A. degree in English from a 'real' college that
Sounds like AHDI ('All Hindi-speaking Dufuses International') is just trying to find another way to lure MTs into wasting their money on their ridiculous 'credential'.

And if they did elevate the credential to the equivalent of a degree, then they'd have to also acknowledge that MTs be PAID as 'professionals', as well.

I laugh every time I read something that group generates - it gets more ridiculous every year, doesn't it?
I'm back in college part-time after 24+ years
I figured this is the only to get my foot to the right job. My daughter will be 11 soon and by the time I finish my school that I did not finish after 24+ years, I could definitely be making 2 or 3 times more money than 7 cents per line. I can work at my local Starbucks part-time making $10.00 an hour with excellent benefits!!!
I wonder if you would be kind enough to tell me......
exactly what constitutes "good reason" for my home phone number to be given out to anyone by Lee as it was?

I'm sorry. I went to work and then had to come back to ask this question. I even looked up *confidentiality* in my Webster's trying to find the loopholes.

Thank you.
She was very kind
and all, but Lee or someone should know that she is misrepresenting herself. She should know that it's OK to say, "I am new to Keystrokes and feel that this is a great company to work for" instead of lying and saying "I have worked for Keystrokes for X amount of years and they are great" when she had only been working there a few days. There is no need to lie to people.
I am using one, but it must be the right kind
At some point, and I think it was when I installed Express Scribe, I could configure my footpedal. Try to do it, and if it won't let you - then you don't have the right kind of footpedal (it's either 9 or 13 pins, I can't remember which).
What kind of pay for V/R? nm
What kind do you like and what don't you?
Is is the work types, or the dictators? What I don't like are the long pauses in dictation. I have heard a couple of the dictators seem to hit a pause button, but most of them don't know how to do that.
What kind of changes? nm
What is the use of this? I have been getting this kind of
run around also, but why would companies treat MTs this way... no loyalty breeds no loyalty in return. I hate to say misery loves company but seems like more than we have had this happen. How to stop it is another question. IMHO.
Actually, I kind of see it although we
did it to ourselves. Suddenly, you were supposed to be Super Woman, it was the new version of Once Upon a Time. Get a degree, get a job, earn the bacon, fry it up in the pan, etc., somehow you end up being the one who gets the kids and hub up and out the door, taken to the doctor, drop off the dry cleaning, excel at work and keep a clean house and by the way, don't forget to look spectacular at all times. of course, if you are in a bad mood, your hormones must be at fault. Been there, done that, got the bumper sticker and the T-shirt which I now use to dust furniture!
you are EXACTLY the kind of sm
person I am talking about! Was there any point to that? I am not whining. I am stating a fact that there is no point in folks reacting to other people like YOU are reacting. Sounds like you are attacking! The ability to disagree and just down right nasty are two different things and you fit the latter.
May I ask what kind you have?
Maybe it's just Hughes, because my experience has been pretty crappy. I do know that an ex in Missouri had some little rinky dink company; he paid half what I did ($39) and had a signal that was twice as fast as mine and didn't seem to have the fluctuations. I assume that rinky-dink got its feed from one of the big ones but was never able to figure out who. There has to be something better than what I've got now, but few people even have internet in my area except some of the city dwellers with DSL(where populations get up to about 723!!!)
I have a car but if I said which kind
I am sure I would be called management which I definitely am not.
Thanks so much and that is what I was kind of
afraid of.  I applied for that one on the job board because of loads and loads of orthopedics experience but they want you to have Dictaphone or the equivalent.  I do not have Dictaphone and not sure that I have the equivalent, I have never worked on it so I am not sure what they are looking for.
Feels kind of right, what your saying
"The other troublemaker"
Sounds kind of
Well I did that kind of production too.....
Until going on the VA account. It's a whole other ball game and a totally different story.
What kind of problems
did you have with your LD service before you got Vonage? I am switching from Vonage to Verizon Freedom because I have been getting disconnected a lot and heard it was from Vonage. Hoping I'm not making a mistake.

That's kind of cryptic. What do you mean by that? TIA
What kind of accounts do they have?nm
what kind of proof do you want:?
and still have proof of it ALL after 2 years!  There will always be those who have a good experience at a company and assume that it is the same for everyone at that company.  Sorry to burst your bubble, but that is not the case. 
OK... I really want to see some kind of link here. sm
I don't believe this for a second. I believe this poster is just trying to stir things up. If this were really true, then the OP would have posted a link or would have provided the source of the information (the news source) so this could be verified. Otherwise, if no link/source is provided where we can verify this, I would just assume this poster is a troll.
What kind of experience do you have?
If you are having these kind of problems

I would have to ask why?  So many happy MTs getting their direct deposit every other Friday like clockwork, and you are having issues every payday.  Plus you mention checks, and we get DD.  I can not imagine having to call payroll every payday.

Thank you so much for the kind words!
I want to thank you all for your kind words SM

and suggestions.  It means a lot to me.  I'm a pretty optimistic person, so I believe something better will come along...but it feels good to share my frustrations with those of you who have been there, done that, and got the T-shirt!

I better go to work!  Have a great weekend everyone and Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there.

Just Me

This is kind of silly, isn't it?

I agree with the poster who said that people are entirely too quick to use the term racist.  At any rate, I think enough has been said.  

what kind of reports sm
$1.20 is OK for plain films, but stinks for MRIs, angios, etc. IF there's a good mix, you're OK, if mostly long reports you'll be working for peanuts. Also, if you'll be typing patient info and headers, that takes so much time. just my opinion.

What kind of information are you looking for?