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AAMT Book of Style question...

Posted By: Marilyn on 2006-11-17
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I am looking for the AAMT Book of Style.  I was trying to get a used on on Ebay, then came across a CD for much less.  Does anyone know if the CD has everything the book has?  Also, are there search features on the CD?  I am thinking a CD would be even faster if I had to reference something, if all the info is on there.  Thanks in advance!

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Looks like your QA is going by the AAMT Book of Style
AAMT Book of Style...

What changed in the newer version that is of great importance?  Can anyone tell me briefly?  Thanks!

AAMT Book of Style CD
Bought both, seems easier to find things in the book, wish I didn't waste the money on the CD
It is the AAMT Book of Style
Supposedly it is the standard; however, usually client preference becomes the standard when you have your own accounts.  The client rules in this regard.  Some of the clients do not know what BOS even is to dictate that way. 
Do you have the AAMT Book of Style Second edition?
Crepitance per AAMT Book of Style
According to AAMT book of style crepitance because of its frequent usage is an allowable term even though it is not in the dictionaries.
AAMT Book of Style-2nd Edition

I am a new MT, I was wondering if anyone was selling any "AAMT Book of Style-2nd Edition" or the CD Rom version? Also looking for a current Medical Spellchecker?


Please let me know




You need to get a copy of the AAMT Book of Style II and see how it's done now. Try eBay. nm
AAMT Book of Style 2 is a great investment
for a student MT. While some companies may not use it, most certainly do for their initial testing on hiring - including the grammar sections. Go for it! One can never have too many books!
What is the difference between the 1st and 2nd editions of the AAMT Book of Style? (sm)

I presently have the first edition which I bought years and years ago and am considering investing in the 2nd edition; however, I hate to spend that much money on basically the same book.  Is it worth the new investment to upgrade?  What kinds of changes are in the new version and are there many of them?  TIA

2008 AAMT Book Of Style? Is it worth getting?
Let's see...American Medical Association vs. the AAMT Book of Style..
The AAMT Book of Style for Medical Transcriptionists, 2nd Edition,
Book of Style

The cardiologists I have worked with over the years preferred Roman Numerals for murmurs, however, all that changed when The Book of Style came out indicating to record murmurs with numbers not Roman Numerals.  I even had a few cardiologists state, put the murmur in Roman Numerals.

The AMA has their own book of style...
and they DO NOT endorse the BOS. 
Book of Style
Sometimes this stuff just gets crazy.  I do not yet have the 2nd Book of Style, but does it really matter that much?  Two months or 2 months -- it does not change the meaning of the report.  I agree with BOS I think it should be spelled out at the beginning of any sentence but really!  Lord knows we type for pennies as it is.  Now we are expected to purchase yet another book and/or CD and retrain our brains.  Some days it just does not seem worth it.  Could any MT with the 2nd Book of Style please tell me if the rule changed for when and when not to hyphen well-nourished, well-developed?  It is currently covered on page 79 of the first book.  I typed it as shown in the BOS 1st one, but got two reports back from QA saying I was wrong?  In my case my report read "The patient is well devolped and well nourished."  The QA person added hyphens?  It is my understaning you use a hyphen when the sentence reads"Well-nourished male/female."  There is only 1 QA person that seems to fault me for this time and time again.  It upsets me because I do not believe I am wrong on this one.  Am I?    I enjoy getting feedback to see how I am doing and learn the occasional blank which I cannot for the life of me figure out but really on this hyphen thing I am referring to the BOS.  It is all there in black and white (good old plain English) page 79.  I am debating if I should fight this or not at my company.  Seems like whenever I say anything -- been down this road before -- this person in QA just gets down right nasty.  I have no problem with QA people when I really did miss something or research something incorrectly.  Again QA can be a great learning tool, but it just seems to me there is always one who is enough to drive the poor MT to tears. 
most employers use the Book of Style sm
for standards and I would get one and read up on it to know the latest info...what did you fail on your testing? Speed? accuracy? You can certainly brush up on these things with practice tapes/dictation. Have you thought of typing independently for clinics in your area? Don't forget about psychiatric clinics, physical therapy clinics and other, less obvious places where documentation is necessary. Go personally to a doctor's office, speak only to the office manager there and tell them you are looking for work, perhaps at first only as a helper/coverage for their current Transcriptionist (I cover many doctor's offices for vacations). It will get your foot in the door at least. I have had two doctors ask me to be their full time transcriptionist after their own had left because I was their vacation coverage and they knew I could handle the job. Keep your head up! Perhaps working at a local hospital is the way to go. Good luck to you!
What Book of Style is standard use now? sm

I haven't worked actively since June of 2007.  At that time I used the AAMT Book of Style 2nd Edition.  Is that what is being used now or is there another book I need to invest in? 


Error in Book of Style 2nd edition!?

Hey!  I just paid over $60 for this dang BOS (my new employer requires I have one), so I'm studying it diligently, and on page 297 they're referring to Salter-Harris fractures as "Slater-Harris".  Thought I was going nuts, checked Stedman's and they say its Salter.  Am worried there are other errors in it, and I won't know it!  Do they publish their bloopers anywhere? 

I'm not a member of AAMT (and probably never will be, I'm not a joiner), but I'm pretty doggone disgusted I just shelled out that kind of money for published errors, especially after reading repeatedly in the book how regular MTs aren't worthy of putting letters after their name unless they've been certified by the all-knowing AAMT!  Guess I'd never pass their test since I'd say Salter-Harris instead of Slater!

Anyway, I feel ripped off, especially since all editors/employers act like the AAMT is holy like the pope!  Thanks for listening to me vent!

You need the Book of Style, 2nd Edition, to work out here. Some used
Book of Style Workbook - helpful?

Thinking of ordering it - anyone use it with the BOS?

AAMT Style Guide!!! (Phooey)
Is there a "quick" style guide available on the net?  I don't have time to pick up an AAMT Book of Style before I test.  I've done this for 30+ years and have never been corrected by the physicians but this national company wants things done in the AAMT standard.  Every physician I've ever transcribed for asked me NOT to change a thing and AAMT style be dam--d.  But, nationals have their own way of doing things (testing!) and while I certainly know what I'm doing - I'm not sure that I'll do it the "AAMT way".  So, any help you can give me is appreciated!
Try doing a "page by page" with the Chicago Book of Style...(sm)

...or Modern English Usage. The BOS is truly a work of fiction.

To the original poster: Don't waste your money.

curet or curette? is there a preference according to book of style? nm
AAMT 2nd ed. finally adopted the rules the AMA and CBE style guides

use numerals (except at beginning of sentence).  It conveys numerical information quickly when one sees the numbers rather than the word.

I don't know of a standard national font and size.

Me too!  And what do they do for us?  Not a heck of a lot!  The pay rates keep going down and our expenses continue to increase. 
its just a book that AAMT came up sm
with years ago and the companies and hospitals that go by it don't have a clue. There is nothing the least bit professional about the book. Somebody, arbitrarily came up with these rules years ago and made alot of money off of selling it. To keep up with making money they are going to have to keep selling the book therefore changing it every few years. Its ridiculous!
AAMT Book Errors

QA says per AAMT style guide non Hodgkin lymphoma not non-Hodgkin. sm
I have always used the dash and all my resource material uses the dash.  Any thoughts out there?
Please ask style questions on the Style board.
Updating surgical references - new Stedmans Word Book, Tessier Surgery Book or others - best one in
Just make a note in your book and go on. Every book I read you can find an error
or 2. Nobody is perfect. Lucky you only paid $60. New it is $80 or more.
I would buy book by Dog Whisperer. His TV shows covers things like this and would think his book mi
Quick Look Drug Book (book & CD/ROM)..sm..

Does anyone use both.  I'm definitely getting the CD/ROM and am debating about buying both.  I don't see any reason to have both but there could be something I don't know. 

I noticed CD/ROMs are on backorder but they're selling downloadable versions.  I can handle that.

The Sted's Ortho & Rehab Words is probably my most used book and then the Lab Words book. GL! nm
Medical Word Book by Sloan, Surgical Word Book by sm
Tessier, Dorland's dictionary, BOS, and my very fave I think is now out of print but called Spellright by Rice.
Oh, someone benefits from AAMT - AAMT DOES!
I really don't think the guidelines are for the benefit of the hospitals, they seem to benefit the MT company more. By changing the styles daily and having different stayles for different clients, it's nearly impossible to remember, and when we forget something, we lose money, so they win!! English was my second major and I have had QA people change things that are so incredibly wrong that it is totally unbelievable. I have run into 20-year-old QA people who talk like this "Well, that was, like, what we were, like, told to do." Give me a break.

I've been working at home as an employee for over a year - using a style that was provided by the employer - now I have received a message that the style is switching to AAMT styleguide which is different from what I have been doing.  Has this happened to anyone else?  Just wondering why anyone would change midstream.  This is an old account and I don't know if there were complaints or if the style is being dictated by the company or the physicians - who don't really use any kind of style - we just try to make it uniform. 


I've been typing for the same clinic for the past seven years.  Our policy is to make all sentenses as complete as possible to make for better reading.  

I'm going to test tomorrow for a part-time job with another company.  My question is, do I type it like the doctor says it or do i make complete sentenses?


Doc says "patient has CLL."

I usually would type "The patient has chronic lymphocytic leukemia."



Try a different style
Those hard plastic earbuds hurt my ears, too. I got some JVC Marshmallows. They have this nice foam on the end that you compress, then place in your ear. It then expands to stay in place and block noise. Very comfy.
style ?
If dictator says April 16, 2008 and then later says 04/16/008, which is correct?  Do I change the long version for the shorter one or vice versa?  Thanks.
style ?

is a pollen allergy treated the same as a drug allergy, caps and bold?

BOS style
That was very kind of you to past that information. I am wondering if it has all the recent changes though.


As always thankk you to all you kind users!!!
need help on style board, please, anyone....
I love your style
I don't read a lot of the MQ BS but your posts are worth the effort. :)
Put it on style board. NM

SOAP is a style.
Subjective, Objective, Assessment, Prognosis. Some offices like to their office notes typed in this kind of format, others don't.
This is actually according to the AMA style guide
AHDI and JCAHO are just following the AMA.
Actually, there is another style guide for MTs (sm)
Medical Transcription Guide: Do's and Don'ts by Marcy O. Diehl ... it differs regarding some style advice so one wouldn't be 100% BOS compliant, but it's a good guide, nonetheless.
You need to modify the style.
Select the Header style, change it to what you want. Do the same for the Footer, then save the template. Close and reopen as a new document and all should be good as gold.