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M-TEC and Andrews produce MTs that are the cream of the crop.

Posted By: see message on 2005-07-27
In Reply to: Best on-line school for MT - Please I Have A Lot of Questions About This Field!!!!! - Pam

M-TEC's course usually takes anywhere from 9-18 months to complete. I'm not sure about Andrews.

I have hired MTs from both those schools as well as other lesser-known schools, and the M-TEC and Andrews grads are the only ones that were worth keeping onboard.


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ditto. They are the cream of the crop.
I guess MedWare is the cream of the crop this week?
If I were an MTSO right now I would be picking up the cream of the crop as they jump ship (sm)

from MQ in preparation for new accounts.  I don't know that MQ will go under or be seriously harmed BUT I truly feel that there will be some accounts lost either due to quality or the hospital having misgivings about their work being sent overseas.  

We may find a lot of these companies are going to be over-staffed and work a little slimmer at times, but who can blame them?  If you find well trained MTs, get them on board and then be aggressive in soliciting those MQ accounts that might be up for grabs.

I wish good luck to the MTSOs out there who might be able to turn a bad situation for MQ into a profitable one for themselves and the United States.  They pay us in US, pay their taxes in US, we pay our taxes in the US, we make purchases in the US with our money.  Let's see, who missed out on that one, oh yeah our ILPs (international labor partners as MQ calls them). 


Absolutely! MDI-MD is the cream de la cream!
Sounds like ice cream to me
I just do my work and when rumors crop up call and ask. Simple as that...
too much panic and speculation makes for an unproductive day.
M-Tec or Andrews. nm
Send her to either M-TEC or Andrews.
Actually, Andrews is considered one of the best
Definitely in the top two.  Their graduates are very highly sought after.  If they charge more, it's because they are very well worth it.  If you do a search for Andrews School, you will see this is true.  They are definitely not one of the rip-off schools out there.
Andrews graduate..........sm
I really don't know about the pathology or radiology part of your question, but what I do know that Andrews school is fantastic.  I have never heard of a company who knew about Andrews grads and didn't want to hire them.  I had a job before I graduated.  I have kept it for over 5 years and recently decided to change jobs.  I had 4 offers immediately.  I assume you talked to Linda.  When I have talked to her on the phone she has been a delight.  Yes, the school is a bit on the expensive side but she has to pay her instructors who are fantastic and spend a great deal of time with the students.  The cost also comes with a full library of books.  You won't need to purchase anything when you graduate except possibly a foot pedal and maybe software.
18 PTO. ha ha ha ha ha ha and you think you can produce

Do they happen to talk about how lines are attained NOW?

Remember we are into an area of counting lines we haven't been in before...EDITING.

They have us totally in a fog.  And you think we can even keep up with what they are doing, much less double check them?

MQ will never offer anything that will do anything but make you carry all the risk and they will make all the profit.  And when you drop by the wayside because you are broke, they will kick you to the curb and hire another body to EDIT.  Whatever that heck that is supposed to be in their world.

As an Andrews grad, I highly
I felt well-prepared when I got my job and never regretted having paid top dollar for my training; as with many things, you truly get what you pay for. In fact, many of the national companies prefer Andrews grads or M-Tec grads as the previous poster mentioned and as a newbie you will need every advantage. Good luck to you.
So what if you are an Andrews graduate, big deal
I just read a post on this board about an Andrews grad who quit Diskriter. I am sick and tired of Andrew graduates who think they are better than the rest of us newbies.  They get better jobs and more opportunites.  The rest of us newbies get penalized.  I was fired from Spheris ( mentor program) because I could not met the line count.  There was an Andrews grad in the mentor program also.  She bragged about her great QA scores and how she was leaving Spheris because of the low pay and because she could.  The rest of us could not leave because we were not chosen from Andrews.  Big darn deal if you are an Andrew's grad.  It only means you paid more and people think you are better.  Andrew graduates are full of them selves and arrogant. 
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 know that when my company has MTs who produce
poor quality work that they usually don't get much work or told that work is slow.  They do this instead of firing the MTs in most cases.   I have seen the work of the MTs who say what good quality work they produce, but it is horrible, not even spellchecked.   I know this may not be the case in every situation though.  I see people who also work for my company (not TT) complaining about lack of work or not enough work, but I have always had all I could handle and there was always more if I wanted it.    My MTSO says it is very hard to balance the work.  If she hires more MTs when work is plentiful, then when it gets slow she either has to spread it thin all around or someone has to go without.   If she doesn't hire when there is extra work then we get out of TAT and we are asked to work more in order to stay in TAT.   I personally wouldn't want to have to deal with those issues because it is a no win situation. 
Andrews School....radiology & pathology
I called Andrews School today just to see what they had to offer.  The person I talked to said that radiology is like pathology and is typically done in-house.  She also stated that in about ten years that radiology AND pathology will be eliminated departments in most hospitals if not all.  What struck me though was her surprise when I told her that radiology is done by many at-home medical transcriptionists.  I beg to differ with this lady because on the MTJobs.com board, I always see companies looking for at-home radiology medical transcriptionists, and quite frequently mind you.  I would like some feedback about this please.  Is this lady talking out of her ear (and I think she is.)  Do you think radiology AND pathology will be eliminated as departments in the future?  Is your opinion that radiology is frequently done by at-home medical transcriptionists?  And what is everybody's opinion of Andrews School?  Personally I think they are incredibly expensive.  She quoted me 3800 bucks for the course with a minimum deposit of 1000 dollars.  And she didn't seem too worried about quality but rather my typing speed and how quick I could get through the course.  Any and all information would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks.
Anon. IF you do not know what an Andrews grad is then you don't know this business
Andrews school produces only the best baby!!!!!!!No exaggeration here. Ask anybody on this board about Andrew graduates. We produce like pros, which I am.
And if you produce an odd # of lines do they cheat
you out of that 0.5 cents or do they round it up and give you a bonus of 0.5 cents?
I produce around 1000 lines per day...
I have seen my production increase quite a lot in the last four months. When I first started I could only get about 500 lines a day...so I get a little more every day. :-)
Does anyone know of a company that is looking for an IC to produce at least 500 lines/day . . . sm
and I can work on my OWN SCHEDULE, just as long as it's back in 24 hours, and who pays at least 8cents/line per 65-characters with spaces??? I keep applying to places that seem to fit this, but then they want me to work certain hours, that's not what being an INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR entails. Thanks you guys!
typo, I type 1,200 a day or more. Yes I really do. Andrews grad. HOORAY!!!!
Andrew graduates produce like pros.
Why is it hard to produce quality work?
You are either good at your job or not. If not, then find another line of work. If you don't think you are paid enough to take the time to produce quality work, then find another company to work for.
To be honest I would not like my health insurance riding on MQ with having to produce this and that
as they do have a nack of running people out of works and onto multiple accounts. I feel much safer carrying my own health insurance as an SE and not having to worry about MQ coming up with some other quirk in the future and you have to scramble for health insurance.
I guess it does not matter how nice someone is, if you can't produce due to disorganization, huh?

I am just really nervous.  The company I have been with for over a year does not offer benefits and it is really scary to go switching jobs for benefits.  I do have a family and need benefits.  But I would rather be certain in my accounts and my company that I am work then to take a huge leap of faith, get a job where you cannot meet production due to whatever reasons and then be out of money, job, etc.  This is a scary field to switch jobs in.  Thanks for all info!  I appreciate it!  You may have just saved me from making a huge mistake. 

If the off-shores produce "client-ready reports" why do you need THREE tiers of QA? nm
True. bottom line - our job is to produce accurate, legal - sm
medical documents in the ENGLISH language. No one is ever quite as proficient in a second language as they are their native one. We spend our whole lives continuing to learn the nuances of our own language. If my medical record affects my care, or a possible court case, and ESPECIALLY my ability to receive & retain health insurance, you better believe I want it typed by a person for whom English is their #1 language, and by someone who is paid enough to actually care about the quality of the job they are doing.
As a recruiter, I'd hire an Andrews grad in a New York minute. You're doing a great job of se
They are properly trained. They are ready and able to work from day #1.
Wouldn't YOU like to have training that made you a hot commodity the minute you graduate? Maybe you should go back to school so you can be an arrogant MT and not be penalized because you aren't cutting it.

As a famous model once said Don't hate me because I'm beautiful.

Good luck in your future endeavors.

Because in a production environment, the MT will generally produce a significantly higher number of
lines per day.
I agree, especially when they had to produce a phony number and gave someone's home phone with th
answering machine on. I also feel it's a fishing expedition. I guess we'll all soon find out...