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How can you submit a notification letter to your emlpoyer...sm - Posted By: Switching

more or less stating that you are happy with the company, but due to personal reasons you need to leave.  I have equpment that needs to be returned and I would prefer the company not try to keep me or bombard me with e-mails/phone calls about what the personal reason is and/or how long I need to be gone - that they will hold my position for me when I come back.  I just want to leave for personal reasons - no questions asked.  Thanks.

Pregnant or not pregnant?? - Posted By: MTMommy

Okay, I have a total non-work related problem that I need some feed back on.

I am 1 day late on my period, (my periods are usually right on time), and I took a home pregnancy test and there was a very faint line. So, I went to the store to get one of the digital ones, because they tell you "PREGNANT" or "NOT PREGNANT".  Well, it says "not pregnant", but then I ejected the stick out and there is a pretty bright, while still a little faint, blue line. The ClearBlue Easy website says if there is any line at all, faint or not, then you are pregnant.

I am just confused. We have been trying for months now and I just want to know. I guess I will find out sooner or later, but if anyone has any advice I would really appreciate it!!


I'm an IC for a long-term client; need advice pls SM - Posted By: what would you do?

They have implemented a new ftp server that I cannot access through my work computer (Windows 98); however, I juggled around with newer operating systems (Windows 2000 and XP) and can access the ftp server. We are supposed to send completed files to this ftp server (which is a great idea and one we should have been doing all along).

My problem - I have been in nearly weekly contact with this MTSO about not being able to access the ftp site with my work computer. They told me to disable my firewall (which I am not about to do) and frankly the reason they haven't corrected my situation is because I am the only MT who is having this access problem (I am not - I talk to a couple other MTs with this MTSO and they are having the same exact problem). My Internet Explorer is the most current version (I have a cable modem) so that wasn't the problem either (another of their suggestions).

Today I get an e-mail from the office manager of the MTSO. They're going to start docking my paycheck (did I mention I am an IC?) if I don't start using this ftp site. What do I do? I am not making THAT much money that I can go out and spend $500 for a new work computer just to access this ftp. It really fries me that I have e-mailed, phoned, etc. and nothing is happening...it's just "my fault." So any suggestions? Great way to start the weekend, I tell ya!


Why is it doctors cannot count? sm - Posted By: ChuckM

I realize this is perhaps somewhat of a rhetorical question, but why is it doctors seem to get so lost when numbering things (and most of mine crap out after 2, or maybe 3 on a good day).

And, on a related note, when they realize they are numerically challenged, why can they not simply say "next number" instead of the usual, "Number 4 ... no, 2 ... no 3 ... No, I guess 2...."?

What is, on average, a normal weekly IC report production? - Posted By: Stressed

I need your opinions please.


I am an IC who works for four doctors who each dictate approximately 100 or more reports a week.  They send them via over to their personal website and I download and transfer to Express Scribe (awesome program by the way).  They tend to call me often and will ask for one or more patients report to be faxed over immediately for insurance purposes.  Of course, they have no idea how complicating and time consuming this is on me, when I have to search for these specific voice files, one by one, and then transcribe the report, etc.  I felt a bit of an attitude the other day when it took longer to perform my task. 


I am wondering, am I just too slow?  Is completing 400 or more reports (on average half page reports) a week slow, including transcribing these special request reports?  I feel so stressed all the time now; their phone calls for insurance purposes are becoming more constant.  I am wondering if they realize that I am not an employee, but an IC, and that there is a difference.  How may reports do most full time ICs complete within a week, plus deliver 2-3 times per week?


Thanks for any and all advice. 

SAD NEWS! One body found - twelve still missing. - Posted By: PRAYERS FOR THE FAMILIES

Being the daughter and granddaughter of miners, I can only hope the other twelve will be found safe.  My husband and I both come from mining families from a small WV town.  I can only pray the others are found and are okay.

Line rates in the Northeast - can anyone advise as to what the going rates are in the NE part of the - Posted By: IC

country? Specifically Connecticut. I want to make sure I am on target here. Thanks.

MT Advantage anyone? - Posted By: tothepnt

I have to get some additional training and think I might go with MT Advantage.  Anyone have any experience with them?

Or, any other suggestions perhaps?

Susan Youngblood of Pensacola, FL you won the USB Footpedal. - Posted By: Administrator sm

Email admin@mtstars.com with your full address and we will ship your USB Footpedal out to you.

nephrology book - Posted By: southernmt

Can anybody help me by giving me the name of a good reference book (or even reliable website) for nephrology?

Does anybody have the website...(sm) - Posted By: Frazzled

where you can change your address online for multiple magazine subscriptions?  I did this a few years ago and am moving again...cannot for the life of me now find that website. 


Anyone know of a company looking - Posted By: OpMT

for an experienced (12 years) high producing op note MT that is hiring either SE or employee status and that has a good platform?  I can't pay the winter heating bills when there is no work.  I don't need lots of benefits, just work.

DicTran - Posted By: vjk

Anyone familiar with this system?  A company I might go with uses this system and I just wanted to know if it's to get used to, if it's user-friendly, etc.  I know any new system takes time to get used to....just wanted to know if anyone had experience with it.  Thanks.

Beware of computer virus. - Posted By: copying from politics board.

I got this email from a friend today and thought I would share it with you all.

*Emails with pictures of Osama Bin-Laden hanged are being sent, and the moment that you open these emails your computer will crash, and you will not be able to fix it!!!

This e-mail is being distributed through countries around the globe, but mainly in theUS and Israel.

Don't be inconsiderate; send this warning to whomever you know.

Confirmed at: http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/osama.asp

Origins: There are few headlines that would grab the attention of more computer users around the world than Osama bin Laden Captured, and that's exactly what whoever created this lure was counting on to snare unsuspecting victims who use Microsoft platforms.

Osama bin Laden Captured isn't a virus in itself; it's the text of a message that includes a link to a file called EXPLOIT.EXE. When a message recipient clicks on this link to view what he thinks are pictures of Osama bin Laden's capture, he can end up downloading an executable Trojan known as Backdoor-AZU, BKDR_LARSLP.A, Download. Trojan, TrojanProxy.Win32.Small.b,or Win32.Slarp.

Clicking the embedded link in the Osama bin Laden Captured message auto-executes a file called EXPLOIT.EXE, which exploits a known security hole to download the Trojan.

According to McAfee Security:   The Trojan opens a random port on the victim's machine. It sends the Port information to a webpage at IP address The Trojan listens on the open port for instructions and redirects traffic to other IP addresses.

Spammers and hackers can take advantage of compromised systems by using the infected computer as a middleman, allowing them to pass information through it and remain anonymous.*


Could someone please help on drug board ty - Posted By: nm


what do the middle people make per line? - Posted By: hippiemoms

I may be negotiating a contract directly with a radiology business, but I"ve only done independent contractor work up until now.  I'd like to enter into negotiations seeming like I know my way around the block:  what do companies (who hire transcriptionists) tend to make per line?  How would I find that out?

For anyone that is interested the HR person at Corporate is Donna Jack at ext. 4905 at the corporate - Posted By: MQ2

800 number. I suppose we can discuss with her or leave a message regarding this situation in Amherst and hopefully she can directed the problem to someone down there. Enough is enough of this now.

lph after 1+ years - Posted By: Theresa

I am getting frustrated with my line count. I am doing 150+ lph using Instant Text. I have been working for the same company for about 10 months on the same account. My fingers are flying as fast as they can, I stop to proofread after each paragraph, and do a second quick proof at the end of the report checking for cc's, etc.  Do you think this is reasonable with my experience or are some of you able to do more than that with 1+ years of experience? The company I work for has a pay scale - the higher the line count, the better the pay. The higher the quality, the better the pay. I don't want to sacrifice quality for a higher line count.

Matthew McCaughnahey will be on Oprah - Posted By: today...for anyone who is interested!

Headphone preference - Posted By: IndyMT

I'm looking to purchase some new headphones and am not sure which ones to get.    Does anyone have a pair they really love??  Or really hate??  Do you prefer regular ones or noise cancelling??  Thanks!!!! 

What the heck does getting paid by a 55 black character line?? Does this mean without spaces and doe - Posted By: luvmting

You just never know if this is a trick to somehow rip you off of lines. I am just very skeptic of it since I have never heard of anyone using this formula before.

YESSSSSSSS!!!! Just quit MQ -- LOVE MY NEW JOB --- HOORAYYYYY - Posted By: MadamX

What an absolute relief.  I have worked for MQ for 11 yrs.  They managed to cut my pay from $50 an hour to $8 an hour... They had the nerve to ask me "what is minimum wage in your state?", implying I should be glad to be making more than minimum wage...

I have been an MT for 22 years now.  Before the change to DQS, I could easily type 500 lines per hour... On the new platform, I was lucky to get 100 lines per hour...  MQ was quite pleased with this, suggesting I work 12 hours a day to make my quota instead of the 3 hours a day I was used to working.....

I have the utmost belief that I have made an excellent change... This is my second day for my new employer; I'm already averaging 300 lines per hour....What a relief.  I would have to have a lobotomy to ever go back to MQ.  They have no respect for any of us... Used to be that loyalty meant something.  Used to be that quality mattered..

Anyone out there with Axolotl- see message - Posted By: KS

One of my accounts is going to hook up to an EMR system- Axolotl. Anyone heard of it? Do you work for the company, or are you a contract Transcriptionist who uses the system? I've never heard of it. TIA

Any advice on good oncology site (words/meds/etc) - Posted By: LK

Does anyone know of a good website to reference oncology, chemo/radiation drugs and all related material.

Import from SFW to AutoCorrect - Posted By: G. M.

I have been hired by an employer who uses AutoCorrect.  My entries are all in ShortHand for Windows.  Does anyone know how to import (COPY into, NOT MOVE) expansions from Shorthand for Windows to AutoCorrect?  Very much appreciated. 

Confidentiality Agreement - Posted By: Laverne

Does anyone have a generic confidentiality agreement that they use for their clients.  I have new doc, and I don't have any agreement in my file.  I have signed theirs, but do not have one to offer the new doc.  Anybody have one or know where I can find one?  Thanks so much.

10 yrs MT experience, lost job, now what? - Posted By: Dawn Ruschmeier

I've worked at home part-time for 10 years doing history and physicals for a doctor who only paid me $5/report, no matter the length of the report.  I continued working for him because it was easy work and convenient.  The doctor's company has now folded and I'm out of a job for the first time in 10 years!

I've only done history and physicals, so while I've been doing this a long time, I don't know if I'm considered having a variety of experience.  I'd like to start off on my own, however, I have no idea where to start or what to charge.  I live in Indiana.  Any ideas or suggestions?   

Physical therapy website - Posted By: Lynn

Have been trying to find a good PT website. I Googled and did not find what I was looking for, which is a site that lists tests, like "cat and camel" and so forth.The sites I have found are not user friendly.

pt does get her mammagram daily. LOL ouch sm - Posted By: Funny MD dictated to me today


G2, P2.  Her pregnancies were uncomplicated.  She has not seen a gynecologist in over two years, but she does get her mammogram daily.    Uhhh.... I don't think so Mr. MD!!!   You couldn't get me to do that daily if ya paid me!

Any p.r.n. IC work? - Posted By: Angie

I am employed but am looking to make some extra money.  Does anyone know of any MTSOs that use MTs p.r.n. or on our own time? 

Need a cure! - Posted By: dyin here ...

I'm having a major CHOCOLATE HISSY-FIT right about now!  Chocolate is stuck to my brain right now like white on rice and stink on a monkey.  Help!  Is there a cure to get CHOCOLATE off my brain?  Please don't tell me to go and buy some and eat some.  That's the problem.  I need a CURE!    Anything??????? How do I get through this?    Aagggh!  I am grateful for any suggestion, no matter how wacky.

tips - Posted By: grocery store

Do you have one of those old-fashioned grocery stores in your area that still take your groceries out to your car?  Like a Piggly Wiggly for instance?  Do you tip the baggers that take your groceries out?  I seriously had never gave it a thought until a friend of mine went to one of those grocery stores with me and she said that she does.  I've never noticed anyone doing that.  I tip my beautician, at the car wash, and for a manicure/pedicure, but it had honestly never crossed my mind until she said that she did that.  Now everytime I go I'm looking around to see if anyone else does and I still can't figure out if they are or not. 

Sounds like Zoltan drops for - Posted By: me

the eyes, can't find in my references.

What do you do if you totally don't agree with - Posted By: the way the QA/MTSO transcribes?

I'm having a difficult time with a new account.  There are many things that are being changed when I know I'm right.  I even reasearch and can verify why I do what I do.

What would you do in this situation?  I'm going crazy.  I'm having a hard time because I can't do something I know isn't correct regarding grammer, medical term spelling, etc.

Help...I'm so frustrated.

C-phone auto backspace - How to? - Posted By: DNCROSS

Does anyone know how to set/adjust auto backspace on a Dictaphone C-phone?


Huh???? sm - Posted By: USA MT

What is an ad from "India's # 1 job site doing on top of the board????????????

Anyone here making 0.075 cpl and 30.00 an hour? - Posted By: Acute Care

Is this possible?  Compensation for higher production adds a penny more or so.

What is your favorite software for - Posted By: mtstudent

playing dictation? I always used free ES. The other day (my son changed the default player) a file popped in Real Player and it was 200% clearer!

Thank you. :)

Belkin TuneBuds for IPod - sm - Posted By: Old Broad

I just bought a pack of 5 pairs of these things at Kohls for $10.  They are the exact same foam thingies that go on my headset, and they come in fashion colors!  Just an FYI if anyone has been looking for foam things.

CONGRATS to Susan P. of Harrisburg, PA on winning the Absolute Experience - Posted By: tapes & HPI book courtesy of M-TEC! nm


Need Word Help - Posted By: Jay

I have an ergonomic keyboard that I attach to my laptop when typing at home.  It is attached through a USB converter and then to a USB hub.  I have never had any difficulties until recently.  What is happening is it seems like certain keys (I have no idea which ones) start spellcheck and sometimes when typing fast for some reason words that are spelled wrong get marked as ignore or are added to my dictionary so then I can always type it wrong and spellchecker does not pick it up.  Does this make sense? Has this happened to anyone else?  Anyone if any ideas to try?  I am wondering if it is some sort of bug versus something I inadvertantly programmed the keyboard to do.  Thanks for any help anyone can provide.  This has started to drive me crazy and affect my QA.

For those on VR - Posted By: have you ever?

Have you ever just deleted the mess VR brings in and typed it yourself? I know it pays less this way, but is it worth it?

doc makes me so mad..... - Posted By: he's spoiled and selfish

I have a 24-48 hour TAT contracted with 7 docs.  90% of their work is returned in 24.  One of them constantly wants rush jobs, sometimes asking before they've even sent me the work!   Then always had to do him first.  Since each doc's dictation comes at different times, I now have to stop what I'm doing and get his done the minute it comes through.  I just think he's such a demanding jerk!! 

Is it slow or is it just me? - Posted By: Out of work

I have not had a full day of transcribing in weeks!  I'm getting a bit worried.  I know it's probably slow because of vacations, etc. but enough already!  Anyone else out of work? 

Lawyer tells you how to outsource - Posted By: Frustrated

Please don't send this to the gab board as this pertains to US, the US MQ employees:


cents per word - how to convert it to - Posted By: cents per line?

1000 lines per day = ? words per day

I hate testing - Posted By: test

Why when you have experience why do these companies send long dictations, are we not educated, can you not read a resume... I understand that we need to test but some of these test are just well grrrrrrr..... If that is the test then I will not work for you I can't imagine what your like to work for


need help on word board thanks - Posted By: mt


Dictaphone C-phone manual - Posted By: MTT

Does anyone one possibly have a PDF file with the operating instructions for a C-phone.  Please.

Thanks in advance

Is there any easy way to remember which drugs are generic and do not get capitalized. We get that - Posted By: MQMT

deducted in our monthly randoms from Amherst if we forget a capital letter.