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E-mailed glossary from work computer to PC but glossary isn't readable. - Posted By: Instant Text users!!!

After literally two days of working on this, finally got my glossary to my personal computer and into IT V Pro which I upgraded (thank you Christina!!!).  But my entries are all garbled. 

I hope this isn't some safety feature used by my national to keep us from using company glossaries though I did create this myself over three years.  

Job starts in three days (radiology) and I so need this glossary.  Hate to start over again...as you well know.

Anyone?  TIA :)

Pet insurance question - Posted By: New dog owner

We just adopted a lovely little Lab mix from the SPCA and she came with a free month of pet health insurance.  I debated whether to get it with our last dog, who turned out to have a zillion health problems and cost us a mint before we finally had to put him down at age 2-1/2.  I'm tempted to keep this insurance on this new dog.  It's really pretty inexpensive and covers 6000 different illnesses and situations including surgeries and accidents.  Anybody ever had pet insurance and did it turn out to be worthwhile?

Is company board down? No posts from today. nm - Posted By: wassup?


Corporate Lessons. - Posted By: sm.

Lesson 1:

When the human body was first made, all the parts wanted to be " The Boss."

The brain said, " I should be Boss because I control the whole body's responses and functions."

The feet said, " We should be Boss as we carry the brain about and get him to where he wants to go."

The hands said, " We should be the Boss because we do all the work and earn all the money."

And so it went on and on with the heart, the lungs and the eyes until finally the asshole spoke up.

All the parts laughed at the idea of the asshole being the Boss. So the asshole went on strike, blocked itself up and refused to work.

Within a short time the eyes became crossed, the hands clenched, the feet twitched, the heart and lungs began to panic and the brain fevered.

Eventually they all decided that the asshole should be the Boss, so the motion was passed.

All the other parts did all the work while The Boss just sat and passed out the shit!

Moral: You don't need brains to be a Boss - any asshole will do.


Lesson 2:

A turkey was chatting with a bull.

"I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree," sighed the turkey, "but I haven't got the energy."

Bull : "Well, why don't you nibble on some of my droppings? They're packed with nutrients."

The turkey pecked at a lump of dung and found that it actually gave him enough strength to reach the first branch of the tree.

The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch.

Finally after a fortnight, there he was proudly perched at the top of the tree.

Soon he was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot the turkey out of the tree.

Moral: Bullshit might get you to the top, but it won't keep you there.


Lesson 3:

A crow was sitting on a tree, doing nothing all day.

A small rabbit saw the crow, and asked him,"Can I also sit like you and do nothing all day long?"

The crow answered: "Sure, why not."

So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the crow, and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.

Moral: To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up. !!!

Is there a way to find out if new doctors are in town? - Posted By: CAMT

It seems I've heard of a website like this before, but just can't remember. Thanks!

Are there any Med. Transcriptionist/Stenographers on board? - Posted By: NeedsToBoostProduction

I would really love to learn how to stenotype when doing medical transcription.  Can anyone recommend a good on-line course or website to get me started?  Also, if there are any of you here that are medical stenographers, would you mind telling me what kind of productivity I can expect once I learn the keyboard?

I took ShortHand in highschool, but I won't say how long ago that was.  LOL

Thank you!

hope this doesn't happen to you - Posted By: direct deposit no more

Our company decided not to do direct deposit any longer because of Indymac. 

Word expander question - Posted By: Carla

I have a question about word expanders. I have been researching a few also. Can you tell me do they have samples of how to put in the expanders, such as, (ht-hypertension) or anything like that. I can do a few on my own, but would be helpful to have others to help me along with.

Also someone mentioned about backing up the dictionary. Does this also back up the autocorrect or do I have to do that a different way. I have Stedmans dictionary and not sure how to go about backing these up, especially the autocorrect.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

New to Docqscribe.... - Posted By: t

How do you add a template?  I can add short phrases, but can't figure out how to get longer things in, like a paragraph or two.  TIA!

what is CHERRY PICKING ? - Posted By: luv2type


How many times a day on average do you visit this board? - Posted By: another poll- be honest, now


A beginner who can't get experience! Help! - Posted By: Justine Wright


I have recently finished my MT education and have been practicing with a company for over four months.  I did this to get paid, yet everywhere I look, the general requirement is between 3-5+ years of experience!  How in the world is a person supposed to get experience when you can't find anyone to give it to you!  I am really beginning to think maybe I've wasted my time.  I love doing transcription work, but I may never be able to get a job.  Does anyone have any advice or info as to where I could get a start? 

Updating word expander - Posted By: chameleon257

I have lost my instructions for updating word expander. Does anyone have these instructions or can tell me where I can find it or the file in my computer? Any help would be appreciated.

questions - Posted By: leonor

good day to everyone.  i have just finished my medical transcription course.  however, i have questions regarding how to put negative points on errors on my transcription. how would you rate the gravity of an error in punctuation marks as against an error in the MEDICATIONS SECTION of the report.  for example, my punctuation error was given a negative point of .5.  in the same manner that the dictated KCl (potassium chloride) was transcribed as KCL.  would you also give the latter a negative point of .5?  if not, how many negative point would you give? thanks a lot and i hope you could help me.

Line Requirements - Posted By: Loves To Type

Could those of you who are paid twice a month tell me what your line requirements are per pay period? I am wondering if 15,000 lines per pay period is around the average amount. TIA!

Can you cut and paste from Word to Meditech? - Posted By: Souzam

Can someone tell me if I can type a report in word and use the bold function, then cut and paste it into Meditech and still have the bold sections bolded (blue)? Also, will lines wrap around correctly when using the tab key.  


I use the dvorak keyboard for typing.  The keys are in different places from the 'querty' keyboard.  All the most used keys are on the home row.  This requires about 10 times less hand movement.  However, it makes you look like an idiot when you try to hunt and peck on someone else's querty keyboard!!

What to do? sm - Posted By: tbpmt

Just recently started with a company and have found out they had some trouble in the past.  I usually look up before I accept but some reason I didn't.  I am on a new account and it seems to be very disorganized.  I know more about how it works than the one who hired me.  They have sent me equipment and I have worked a couple of days.  How do I get out of this?  I have yet to send the paper work back.

Could use some personal input on infant seizures. sm - Posted By: Gram

If any you are dealing with or have dealt with seizures with infants, I could sure use some help. 

My grandson is now 8 months old.  He started having seizures a few months ago. (Incidentally after having the usual immunizations).  We all knew something was "wrong," but all that he did at first was roll his eyes back and was referred to pedi ophthalmology and was diagnosed as normal.

Then he started rolling his eyes and tensing his whole body up and then it got worse.  He stopped smiling, stopped making eye contact, etc.  It wasn't until he had a seizure in front of the pedi that something was done.  Supposedly.

After being admitted to the hospital and undergoing EEGs, he was diagnosed with seizures and sent to a pedi neuro specialist.  He's on meds and he's better, but he still has them and there is no way to pinpoint why, where or when he is going to have them.

The poor little guy just suffers so during his episodes.  There is no warning.  He just starts crying in a strange cry.  If I have him with me, I go grab him, hold him close and talk to him and rub his little head and tell him "almost done, almost done." He cries and I cry and then 2 minutes later it's all over.

I hate this.  It breaks my heart, as well as his mom and dad's.

Sorry to be so long, but any input outside of a medical professional standpoint would be helpful and I would  very much appreciate it.



New Job = Slow - Posted By: Anon

Not sure where to post this or if anyone can/will answer, but...I just started a new part-time job and I am finding my line counts so extremely low I don't know if it is worth continuing or if I should just stay with my full time job and try and get extra hours.  Has anyone had similar experience when starting a "new" job?  I am so frustrated, but don't want to just quit, but I also can't keep working 12 hours when 3-4 of them are below minimum wage.  Any advice/similar experiences/anything? 

Just wanted to send a virus warning to all MTStars friends. sm - Posted By: Nyer

There's an e-mail going around that says something about the FBI or CIA following your web sites.  This is a virus e-mail, so anything that looks close to this should be deleted without opening to save havoc with your computer.  So be careful here....one virus can kill a paycheck. 

Question about ASR or voice recognition - Posted By: mamawtypes

Eventually the company I work for is going to start doing ASR and less actual typing.  Can anyone who actually does this kind of work describe how they actually do a report?  A brief idea of how this works?  I would be totally new to this and I'm not sure its my cup of tea?  How does your daily routine differ from typing reports?  Is productivity less/more or about the same, and of course the big question, how are the $$$, less?  more?  same?   Not really thrilled about change... old dog ya know!


Relocating to a new state - Posted By: Julia

My mother has fallen ill and I am debating whether or not I should move back home. I currently live in Georgia and my mother lives in West Los Angeles. Obviously, the cost of living is significantly higher in L.A. than in Atlanta. I have 2 children and would be looking to move into an apartment. I am currently an MT averaging about $35,000 a year. In a previous lifetime I was a legal secretary. Should I try to reenter the legal field or can I continue to work as an MT living in Los Angeles with its inflated cost of living?

Your Private Information....2nd Verse - Posted By: Brian

A few days ago, I expressed my concerns that it would be possible for an "MT-related" website to garner information from unsuspecting MTs.  Some replied, either that such concerns were unwarranted or that the poster was too savvy to be fooled by such a thing. 

Yesterday, a company called Jax Transcription posted a very seductive job listing on the Jobs Board.  My first thought was, of course, to find out more about Jax and it seems no one has heard of them.  I've so far been unable to discover a website or phone number in national databases, and inquiries posted to the board admin about Jax have not been answered so far.

I'll continue to look into "Jax Transcription".  In the meantime, the problem is that many people appear to have just gone ahead and posted their resumes to this company - if it is a company.  Not just their name and email addresses, which was enough to cause me concern earlier...but their entire resumes! 

Again, as in my former posting, I will say that the company might be legit or it might not.  The point is...the folks who posted their resumes had (and still have) no idea whether it is or not.  It could be merely an email address being used to "phish" for information.

I'm sure you won't like me saying this, but it very obviously NEEDS to be said:  Let's smarten up.  We're not immune from identity theft just because the entity on the "other end of the line" presents themselves as being an MT company, an MT vendor, an MT website - or even an MT.  Give your information to NO ONE without confirming first that you know who you're giving it to. 

A great deal of identity theft and other computer-related crime occurs by various methods known collectively as "social engineering".  Social engineering does not depend on clever hacks into computer systems.  Social engineering is done by deceiving people into giving up their information voluntarily, and it's easiest thing in the world to do, because people just aren't paying attention and they don't think it can happen to them.  This IS my domain - read it and believe it. 



Administrator please read... - Posted By: urology

I can answer questions on the Word board but can't post a question.  When I try to email you from the "error message," the emails aren't going through.  ???

How do I transfer DQS expansions to MS Word - Posted By: Auto-Correct to use elsewhere? SM

I already know how to access and copy the user.aco files from DQS, but I can't figure out how to copy them into another copy of MS Word Auto Correct to use for another platform.

Punctuation question - Posted By: Margaret

Which is correct, longhaul truck driver, long-haul truck-driver, long haul truck driver?

Too experienced? sm - Posted By: HelenaHandbasket

Looking for a little advice. While applying for MT jobs recently I have been told I am too experienced to "just transcribe" because they see that I have held supervisory and other positions in the industry - along with many years of actual transcribing experience. I realize these days about 8 cpl is the going rate and although I wish it were higher, I wouldn't apply to these postings if I wasn't willing to work for that rate. Just looking to supplement my income. I would hate to leave all this experience off my resume, but maybe I should? Any ideas for a different way to spin this?

Static on earphones - Posted By: Okie MT

I am using the earphones which came with the Olympus DS-4000. I love them - they are the most comfortable earphones I've ever used. I've had them since about April 2007.

Over the last couple of months, they have developed a tinny, staticky sound. It comes and goes but the past day or so it has been pretty consistent.

I have tried adjusting the sound volume, the bass/treble, everything I can think of.

I can replace the earphones, but my concern is that the problem might be with my computer sound card, not with the earphones. Any suggestions about how to check this - or anybody else with this experience?


WOW! Great Hourly Rate For Editors - Over $14 to Start!!!! - Posted By: New To Soft Script

I just started working for Soft Script in Calif. as an editor for 0.05 per line.  I found this was not enough money for me (even though I accepted it to get my foot in the door) and talked to the senior vice-president Joann who gave me a great hourly rate.  They must do this for all their editors.  Today QA, tomorrow the rest of the company!!!! Can anyone tell me more good things about Soft Script and your experiences????  I am jazzed and enthused to learn more about this comapny and look forward to hearing from you all.

homebusiness - Posted By: I need extra income

A friend of mine gave me a link to a homebusiness that involves web hosting services and getting commissions. I am considering it for my MT business website, especially that there is no start-up cost, but I am a bit skeptic...

What do you think?

Radnet - Does anyone know how - Posted By: grannymt

to change the size and color of the screen in Radnet?  Changing the settings in Word doesn't work for the RadNet screen.  Please help.

Scribe - How do I find my line count? - Posted By: so confused

I am working on a platform called Scribe.  Does anyone know how to find their line counts in this program? Thanks

you also need to fix the links - Posted By: billybob

Starting from mtstars.com, clicking Forums, clicking Main Board leads you to page not found.

Neurology H&P - Posted By: Leah

HEART: is regular rate and rhythm, no murmurs Carotids, no bruits bilaterally or indication _______ sharp discs bilaterally.

EYES: Grade 2 __ visual fields.  ____ are intact, no nystagmus.


I've been stuck on this for a few days now. It doesn't seem to matter if I slow down the dictation or raise the volume. I just plain cannot hear what she is saying. Any suggestions?



keyboard - Posted By: Barbara Tice

I was using a Microsoft Office keyboard and it finally died on me. I am having trouble finding a new one that I like. I have tried the split ones and do not like those at all. I am 5'10" and have long fingers, thus a wide hand span. Has anyone out there found a keyboard that is more user friendly for us long-fingered folks? Thanks!!!!

Visits to MTSTARS...sm - Posted By: Addicted

How many times a day, on average, do you come to this website?  Just curious.

Non-MT Work? - Posted By: Rose

Does anyone have any ideas for work that can be done on the side of a part-time MT job? I'm interested in hearing different ideas! Thanks.

Doc eating - Posted By: BoogieMT

Okay, I am instantly angry because, not only am I sitting here editing VR which is incompetent, but I have to listen to a know-it-all woman doc chomping salad in my ear.  Poof Im gone.  How rude and inconsiderate can they be? 

Gas to REALLY go up! - Posted By: KYradMT

I don't know about elsewhere, but we are being told here in Lexington that gas is going up to $3.50/gallon tomorrow, so everyone is getting a fillup at today's "cheap" $2.50/gallon price. Anyone else in the same boat??? Sheesh.

Anyone successful with full screen monitor sm - Posted By: Gone from MQ

hooked connected to a laptop and how did you get it to work.  I have been trying to get my monitor and laptop to interact with one another, but no such look.  Can anyone help me with this?  I do not think I can look at this laptop screen all day.  Thanks!!

ENTER NOW - Pulling from Santa's Bag! 1 MT Magnet - Posted By: & MT Mousepad courtesty of MTStuff.com (details in

To enter, click on the MTStars Santa's House banner at the top of the Main board or click on the link below.  Do not attempt to enter by sending me an email.

Voice Solutions DA-128 transcribe station help - Posted By: upnorth

Anyone know how to set the M1, M2, and M3 phone number memory buttons on this?  Thanks!

This is for the Veteran MTs (30+years) - Posted By: Octo-MT

  When exactly did this business start deteriorating?  Was it after it became home-based.......when the MTSOs took over........when more ESLs physicians infiltrated.....or when?  You were there when it was good and have witnessed the insidious destruction. 

I am just curious if you had an uh-oh moment/gut feeling when you realized that the gravy train was over. 

Boss asking for normals - Posted By: Boss asking you to share your NORMALS?

Is anybody working for a company where your boss is asking you to share your NORMALS.  Be very careful.  My company is asking us to share your normals and come to find out who they want us to share with, overseas.  Also asking questions like, who are the best dictators, etc. Also experiencing block of work just disappearing.  Several hours just gone.  Anybody else.

Question for psych MTs regarding bipolar - Posted By: D

I have a friend that I've only known for about a year.  We get together a lot because our kids are the same age, go to the movies on the weekend, etc.  She's a lot of fun, well-educated, has a great career, and is a very sweet, wonderful mother.

However, about a month ago, she confided in me that she is bipolar, which completely took me by surprise.  I would have never suspected that she has any mental health issues.  In the last few weeks, she has said that she feels like she needs a different medication and that she feels a little off balance, although I haven't up until now seen any outward signs of that.

In the last few days, there have been a few times that she has said things that completely, totally do not make any sense.  Tonight I called her to see if she wanted to go for pizza with the kids this weekend, and her response was, "Helium will be on the test."  I asked her to repeat that, and she said, "I'm not making sense again, am I?"  Then she said she had to go and hung up.  I just sat there for a moment completely dumbfounded not even knowing what to make of what just had happened. 

I don't have any clue about bipolar behavior and what that entails.  Is this what happens with bipolar people?  I'm really worried about her and would like to help her, but I haven't got a clue about what to do or who to ask.

Is it possible to pad line counts? - Posted By: Curious

Is there a way to pad line counts and actually get more than a person has actually typed?  I have been with the same hospital account for 15 years and we have two girls that make just an ungodly amount of lines per day.  The rest of us transcriptionists can't understand how they do it and why no one in management has questioned it.  One of my coworkers said she thinks they pad their line count, but I don't see how they could.  What do you all think?

If you're happy and you know it... - Posted By: naturegirl

I have been with a company for a long time, and am now looking elsewhere.  I have enjoyed moderate flexibility with hours, employer-supplied equipment, easy-to-use software, fair support, moderate pay.  I am looking for the same, just with more money.  I would hate to entirely give up flexibility in hours.  Any suggestions?

Where have all the MTs gone? - Posted By: Medware

To the MTs who recently left Medware:  Where have you gone?

Blackberry? - Posted By: Amy

Does anyone out there use a Blackberry phone with internet service?  If yes, please tell me what ways this has enhanced your life?