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Any ESL websites or resources?

Posted By: ME on 2008-05-09
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I was wondering if anyone here knew of any good websites (or other resource) where I could listen to dictators/speakers who have accents?  I am not really crazy about that idea, but want to try to better learn them so that I can do my job better when I get ESLs or even striking regional accents around the US.  Any advice is appreciated.  Thank you in advance.

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None- you have no resources on this....now be
I am a newbie looking for good resource sites. Where do you go for all of your questions? What can you just not do without? Thanks. I'm trying to get set.
I have address resources available, but

the dictating physician will often forget to say the doctor's first name, and there will be 20 Dr. So-and-sos listed.  Or they spell the easy names like Smith, but not the difficult ones that they mangle the pronunciation on.  Then they carbon copy six different physicians.  I've got the hospital directory, online hospital website, online physician address lookup, Google, and other resources, but it's still very time consuming.

I'm thinking I like Meditech better.  LOL  At least everything was in there.  F7, F10, arrow down, save, you're done.

Psych Resources

Here are the links from my favorite places. I also have a word list if you need it. Let me know.



















Psych resources

I have done psych work for over 5 years and it's not just every day words.  I use several web sources (as listed by Amy) and also a psych book.  My psychiatrists also have to report the patient's medical history, so you have to know that as well.  Not to mention, a lot of people have psychiatric problems because of medical conditions. 

Stedman's has a great book that has listings of all the psychiatric tests.  Because of reports going to the medical doctors and psych abbreviations not being common, everything has to be spelled out (at least with my docs).  A lot of the psychotropic drugs can also cause medical conditions, like lithium causing hypothyroidism, Mellaril causing heart problems, Zyprexa and Depakote causing metabolic disorders, etc. so there is a lot of medical going on.  I keep my regular Stedman's on hand, lab/path, cardio, endocrine, ortho (a lot of psych drugs cause imbalances causing falls, which in turn fractures).  I could keep going on, but I think you get the idea.

It is very interesting work, but can be a downer. Good luck!

resources for psych
http://www.fpnotebook.com/PSY.htm   Good Luck!!! I'm still trying to find a company that will let me test with only 15 months experience in family practice.  I'm happy for you.
Good Resources
Everyone's suggestions have been very helpful for me i really appreciate it. Maybe i should think electronic over the actual book?

What I meant was use resources
Sometimes I can put in a string of words to come up with something needed as well.  I have found it to be most resourceful.  Sometimes Google can be wrong, so you have to kind of use the sites that are reliable.  That's all I meant really by that.
Favorite Resources?
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Anyone still around from MedRec Resources? (nm)

Allergy Resources
I have an allergy account of my own and I know what you mean. Those tests/allergens can be tricky. I purchased the Stedman's Dermatology & Immunology Word book and I use it often. It has everything you need!
I just found one of the best MT resources ever...has everything! sm
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Tons of up-to-date resources;) sm
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Resources in learning psychiatric work

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use resources means to use reference books or - sm
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a list of the doctors, and simply say you can no longer keep up with your own work load, they are welcoome to contact you after exhausting those resources if they still can not find the answer and you will help when your work is complete; if they can not wait that long suggest they contact the MTSO.
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Or you could always call around to local offices to find out what they charge.  Good luck.

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googled something and have 3 or 4 spellings come up, therefore having to do more research. Books are your best get.
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