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almost 1 year experience "newbie"

Posted By: not all newbies are created equal on 2006-02-04
In Reply to: I cut my teeth on difficult dictators and acute care. I think that is why I am an excellent MT. If - Experienced MT

When I worked for Precyse right out of school I didn't expect any *special* treatment.  I want to scream anytime people say *my accounts are too hard* or that they *requested* to be taken off of certain accounts or certain doctors. 

My first *on the job* dictation with a VERY FOREIGN DOCTOR I wanted to bawl my eyes out.  I stuck it out, foreign doctor after foreign doctor, knowing that this is getting me the experience that I am going to need if I ever want to make it in this career. 

Almost 1 year later, though not still with Precyse for lack of work reasons, I feel that I am a way better MT for sticking out the tough doctors and not *cherry picking* my way through life. 

I think ESL docs are brilliant and amazing though--even though their speech and grammar is not ...look at the struggles they went through to get to where they are now.  Medicine, different language, all those things.

Anyways, point is, I love this career, take it seriously, and I hope that one day I can be up there with the best of them.

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Um, that would be "newbie," not...
Here, here. Exactly my experience also, even down to the 10 year work experience. nm
Do you think they would let someone test with one year of experience? Thanks. nm
Hving had experience with MDI-MD for over 1 year (sm)
This is the norm for them. I had posted about it a few months back and then a few months before that.

In the time that I was there, they had 3 hiring sprees for the account that I was working on. Why do you think that is? Because of more work or because of people quitting because of lack of work? It was because of lack of work.

I have since left and am working at a new company. I have more than doubled my production and in less time than it took for me to try to make the measly 700 lpd with MDI.

Yes, the pay is good and a little above average, but I will again state, that 0.095 per line times 0 is still 0.

Mark my words, in 3 more months, there is going to be an overload of dictation and everyone will be swimming with overtime, they will threaten the MTs with hiring more people to stay in TAT and then it will be slow again.

Been there done that, not going back.
Do they stick to their 3 year experience requirement? sm
I only have 1 year of ortho exp on clinic accounts but feel that I am very well qualified in that I usually send my reports direct and they do not need to go to my manager very often.
I was offered less than 7cpl this year with 10+ yrs experience.

Those are the same companies I thought about telling her. She has maybe 25 year experience in the
hospital setting.  I will recommend these companies to her.  I think she will be fine with one of them.  The hospital is going voice rec.
A year ago, I was offered 8 cpl for experience and I needed my own Word 2003. I turned them down. nm
i clear over 800 a week, 40/week; 30+ year experience. (nm)
my first year I made 16k. Doubled that second year. Going on year 6 with (sm)

two local accounts I earned 23,000.00 and a national I earned 35,400... 58,400 this year.  Don't ask me how many hours, though, I really have no idea.  I'm pretty motivated.  (When people ask me how many hours I work a week I reply as many as it takes  I'd say 40-50/week.  I am also a fitness instructer and personal trainer, about 5 hours a week or so.  Decent money (sometimes under the table!) but mostly I just do it for fun and to be social and wear cute work-out clothes. 

that first year was a rough one... but I consider it part of my education. 


I'm pretty motivated. 

Last year, there was a letter sent that told us what we earned the previous year. sm
In the past, it has been all or nothing; if you did not hit the lines for full time for the year, you did not get PTO. I talked to my lead this morning about a last-minute vacation and she told me that the yearly packets are going out in a week or so and that the new policy will acrue PTO by the pay period or month. I like that a lot better, but she also made it sound like they are upping the amount of lines needed to acrue PTO. I normally get between 15 and 20,000 lines per pay period, so I am sure that will be fine but I am worried about the periods that have lower volumes, like most of January every year.
Webmedx lets you carry them from year to year sm
You can accrue up to 140 hours (I think) before you stop the accrual process. Don't have to use it all in one year.
I would stick it out, most places are slow now through the end of the year every year (nm)
Last year $36K part time, going to make more this year full time BUT sm

I AGREE it IS getting harder to make money.  I used to make $24 very part time 10 years ago and now...well it is Word and platforms versus WP5.1.  I got 7.5 cents a byte line then and I get 9.5 cents a character line now.  That IS a huge different in point of fact.


Experience versus not as much experience
--same job should equal same pay?...Come back and talk to me in 20 years...
For the most part, old school MTs have a ton more to offer than a newbie, by virtue of the amount that they know. Most old school MTs can do just about any kind of report, because they learned the old way, they used books--Dorland's was a bible--not software and spellcheck, they worked in house, in the environment, they understand things that a new person who has only worked online with their word books, shorthand, macros and software just cant understand.. Why things are done in a certain way... Why it is so important that certain documents are treated a certain way. Why some reports are stat versus others. What you might flag for the hospital and why... When you think you know everything, esp as a newbie, you are doomed my friend.
Also, cont education is something that most old school MTs understand is a benefit for them and a gift to themselves...part of their commitment to themselves and their own education, not a commitment to being a certified MT, it is a personal thing, a standard.
If you don't understand that, I don't know what else to tell you.
Sure newbies can transcribe, it isn't rocket science, but they know what they know, if you know what I mean..(and that's about all they know) if they don't care to continue their education once they are out of MT school.
There's a little more to it than what you have stated here. If you consider yourself an MT machine.. you will burn out sooner than you think.
Have been with them for over a year...sm
and have no complaints. Pay is always on time and they have direct deposit. I have rarely ran out of work on my main account, but when I do I have a backup account to work on. There are incentives offered often as well. I don't see a high turnover rate...the reason they are hiring new MTs is because they have new accounts. Good luck in your job search!
Been on it for over a year and
still struggling. My lines went from 1,500 to 2,000 a day down to 800 to 1,000 if I am lucky. Still haven't found the courage to quit :(
Yes, they were. This year and I believe one other year. nm

Last year
Last year when I worked there I live in Texas and had BCBS of Tennessee through them since they are located in TN. Just FYI. Good luck!
Well over a year..nm
first year pay
I was lucky to make 15000 the first year.

I am making it now but hard in the beginning.
Wow, a year?

 That's great!!  I know of one that is $3000.00! You have a great deal there.

Been with them almost a year
I've been with SPI/Cymed for almost a year (at the beginning of March) and the benefits seem to be okay, but I have never had to use them. When I first started with them last March, it was still just Cymed. I did hear that since they merged with SPI that the benefits were supposed to be less expensive when they go to get them again this year.
No, it's DURING second year (after 1)
From 1 year ago...
Left because of having little to know work.  Seems like they way overhired.  They might do better now as I am seeing more than just clinic work
It's over a year old.
Been with them over 1 year now - sm
as a statutory employee. I would say scheduling is flexible depending on your account and what you and your manager work out. They have been an excellent company to work for and the people there are terrific. If you need support they are right there with you and if you don't they don't bug you and let you run. Their pay is very comparable and always on time. I plan on retiring with this company!
You would type 41 yo for the expansion to work.
But I use ESP expander. What I have started to do is build expansions with every age as they come up in reports. For instance if patient is a 41-year-old, I make an expansion of 41yo. I figure I will only have to do it around 105 times at most! If it turns out I have already made that expansion, I then create 41yof or 41yom expansions for female or male patient.
This was from a little over a year ago
so not sure if it's changed, but someone said it was about $75 per month for single coverage (just yourself).  Not sure about the employee plus spouse or family coverage amount.
Nothing this year . Not yet anyway nm
Yes, have been there a year.
They pay based on a 65-character line with spaces included. They pay more than most other nationals and care very much about their employees and treat them very well. They are always looking for ways to improve to make us happy. I have 2 accounts and have never even come close to running out of work on either one, even during the major holidays. I have always made excellent money there. They pay by direct deposit on the 1st and 15th of the month. They have been continuously growing since I first started and have been constantly getting new accounts and expanding the ones that they already have. Hope this helps.
Every year it is where is my W2. They have until
1/31 to mail them.  If I get mine early great, but I don't start looking for it until the first part of February. 
You will pay the same but just throughout the year
If you made that much as an employee, you just would not have had as much in your pocket as they would have withheld it for you throughout the year.  As an IC you need to me strick enough to do that or have your husband hold out more to pay for your income.  You will only pay 7.5% more in the social security which you should somehow be able to find enough deductions to make that up.   But again, have your husband with hold your taxes.   You pay the same it is how you pay it.   Pretend you are the employee and withold 20% like they would from your check and put it in a separate account.  Then you have enough to pay your taxes.  Again it is not MORE taxes it is just how you pay the taxes and being able to put that money aside for it. 
I have been there about a year
They are nice people to work for and I enjoy my TM.  We have plenty of work and I heard we are starting a very large hospital in a few weeks.  The health insurance is with Aetna and it is a good plan with a low deductable, plus they pay by direct deposit every two weeks.  I came from another company as an IC and always seemed to be chasing a check or two, so having direct deposit is nice.  I would say that as a company I am happy at MedScribe. 
I have been there for a year and never got one
I was started at 9 cpl when I started a year ago. I was never told anything about a raise then.
$20,000 last year for PT
I work about 20 hours a week, and I took probably 2 weeks off from work total.
$37K last year, should do about $48K this year if it keeps up. sm

How?  Expanders...normals you build up yourself, and sitting down for long periods of time. 

And so you know, I make that on 8.5 to 9.5 cpl depending on the account and which of my jobs I am doing.  I work two PT situations.

Really? A year ago..

It was due to previous owner. Things are quite different now.

I would suggest to post your resume again.

Yes, but only for the first year...

PTO is earned as follows at WMX:

Less than 1 year = 1.077 hours per PP = 3.5 days

1-5 years = 3.077 hous per PP = 10 days

6-12 years = 4.616 hours per PP = 15 days

Over 12 years = 6.154 hours per PP = 20 days

The PTO covers your vacation and sick time.  In addition to your PTO, all full-time employees are given 6 paid holidays, New Year's, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Admittedly, the first year's PTO is horrible and may be the worst in the business, but hopefully that will change before too much longer, especially if they plan to lure new MTs to the company.

A year ago maybe, but not now.

It was that way last year
Yes, they deliberately kept us in the dark.  They knew accounts were leaving, and wouldn't tell us until the day before they left.  They knew we were changing platforms, but wouldn't tell us when.  They'd offer to train on other accounts, then supposedly run into red tape getting you started and we'd go broke waiting for answers.  They never told the truth and they always passed the buck.  The only communications they didn't ignore were their own - when they needed something they felt it was OK to call you 24/7 and get you to come on and type a handful of reports.  Forget working a schedule, there was never any work, you were always supposed to flex, and they'd always try to track you down on your day off so you could type one or two reports out of TAT.  But when you needed something from them...silence, or outright lies.
5,000 a year????? LOL

you are showing your true colors, which is very immature.  I know slang, but I do not use it when I'm conversing with adults.  I have a kid that I am trying to teach not to talk like Britney Spears because you can see where it gets you?  Negative attention. 

Furthermore, I have more important things to do like make money.  Please let's not go there with salary, because you'd be blown away honey!  Feel better?  I sure don't; I think you are very immature and I laugh at the likes of you!  I agree it is dog eat dog, and I also think you need to grow up!  Have a great day!  I allow no one to steal my PEACE! 

I'm with FN for 1 year...
I can't say I agree with the things you state in your post, as I have never encountered such problems.

Files download just fine for me, iType works fine, QA doesn't bug me...is there even QA/QA feedback? I work at night and have not run out of work or low on work. My supervisor is an absolute doll. When I do have an issue, I send an e-mail or give a call, and my supervisor handles it.

I'm sorry you've had such a negative experience with FN.

I guess it just proves what I feel is a good fit for me, is not necessarily a good fit for you (general you).

Good luck to you.
Yes. it was about a year ago
I think that she was afraid she would be one of those laid off. Maybe it's just me but I would never work for anyone who offshored or partnered with another company who did. To each her own. If people can do it, fine for them, I can't.
It has been over a year, but yes they do pay for
Any questions you have, ask Jan Clay, the recruiter.  She is exceptionally nice in my opinion.  I had to leave due to a death in the family.  She was very kind.
Every year we go through this. They don't have
to be mailed until 1/31.  If you have your last pay stub doesn't matter when W2 go out. 
MDI did not as of last year -- sm

Maybe it's just the companies that provide equipment doing the checks.

So do you really think in one year we will not - sm
have jobs? Somehow I do not see that happening. Maybe in 10-20 years but not this decade.
FT up to 120 hrs a year; PT up to 40 hrs a year.