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DONT be discouraged

Posted By: !! on 2007-03-26
In Reply to: Newbie - Ohio Newbie

plenty of experienced MTs have difficulty with ESLs.  Don't let your self esteem suffer.  Keep testing, keep trying. 

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Why dont you stop coming in and agitating everyone under all your different names. Dont you work.
Dont you think MQ will just keep hiring new people who dont know they lost lines because they are

new. I betcha.

If you dont try to fill in blank or research, dont

I have completed my transcription course with an "A". I have had med term, A&P, study of diseases.....  I have been a medical records coordinator for 5 years.  It is very discouraging looking for work as an MT with no experience (on the job).  If anyone knows of anyone who is willing to give me a chance, I live in orange county, California and am looking for PT work from home. 


Well all...I am so discouraged.  I am in the middle of my schooling with Career Step.  It's not the course...I am very happy with it.  I have done a lot of research on the field of MT before deciding to make the career move from teaching to MT.  Lately, all I hear is that it seems EVERY national company outsources and EVERY national company either has too much "running out of work phases" or doesn't pay at all, or doesn't pay on time...sooooooo many negative things I am hearing.  I want to try to work from home, but I need to make a living.  Is it really too much to ask that I have work and am treated fairly as an employee?  I am getting very scared and don't know which companies to look to for employment.  I know there's a lot of archived information, but I guess what I'm looking for is someone to tell me it ain't all bad!  Thanks in advance.  Becky
Don't be discouraged

I have been an MT for over 20 years.  I raised my kids being an MT, worked from home.  They loved it.  Also have worked in-house.  Working from home is much better.  I have always made more than my husband. Always made good money. Don't beieve everything negative on these boards.

Is anyone else as discouraged?

I've busted my butt for eight years and I've paid my dues. When I started, the lady that trained me told me that 16 cents a line was not unheard of.  Now, I'm lucky that my client will pay me 12 cents a line and the lady that trained me? She wanted me to take over one of her clients and would only pay me 6 cents a line. The most that other companies will pay seems to be 8 cents a line. To me, that is a great disservice, especially for those that have twice the years and more invested in this profession.

Is it time to go to another profession? The lack of respect is starting to get to me...

Don't get discouraged and don't
believe every post here.  Just keep working on it.  Aim for quality over quantity, and the speed will come.  But don't feel discouraged by those stating they have huge line counts.  Some are just falsehoods.  I depends on your accounts and the program you are on, your company, how they count the lines, etc.  I don't believe half of what is stated.
Don't be discouraged
We all had to start somewhere. Right now it is more important for you to get experience. You are making the right decision to move out of the company that provides you no feedback and conflicting advice from the managers. You will not be able to learn and grow in that environment. 6.5 cpl is not a bad starting rate for under a year of experience. I wouldn't do the editing at 2 cpl, though. Editing takes longer, is more difficult and some reports can tie you up for hours doing research, listening and relistening. 2 cpl is way too low for the time and work involved. I would look to one of the large nationals that hire newbie MTs as that is where you will get the best feedback and mentoring. Try Spheris and Precyse. I know they both have excellent QA departments and are good with feedback. Once you get some experience, your line rate will increase. But, more importantly, you can become and IC (independent contractor). This means that you can ask for the line rates you see posted here. You will never get line rates this high working for the national MT companies, but you will get the experience you need to become and IC, thus making these line rates. Just hang in there, take it as the learning experience it is and learn all you can. Use all of your reference materials and look up everything you are not absolutely certain of. Make notes for yourself. This is the best way to learn and retain what you learned. The money will come in time. Just don't get too discouraged in the beginnings. Like I said, we all started right where you are today.
I, too, was very discouraged with IT but

after a few months (yes, I'm slower at learning new things lately), I found myself finally getting the hang of it. I started using the program only 2 hours a day. Certainly frustrating as I couldn't "find" the suggestions, but then decided the heck with it and started using it constantly. Even when I wasn't working, I would practice with it.  

I "rearranged" all my phrase shorts to something I was comfortable with, added new ones constantly with the first letter of each word, and read up on all the tips and tricks I could find to "understand" the program better. As I got used to the program, I would change an abbreviation I previously used to the first letter of each word.

I also keep my suggestion window at 9 lines, and try to keep my abbreviations to no more than 9 lines; i.e., if there were 13 bp shorts, I would change 3 of them to something else.

My lines were low at first, but after a few months, I started doing 200 lph. I'm still not the fastest IT user, but I'm happy with it and don't know how I survived without it.

Getting discouraged..

I didn't know where else to turn, than to others who might have been in my shoes at one time or another.  I am a recent graduated from a community college for Medical Transcribing.  I got into the field after seeing all the MT jobs from internet searches.  I started the classes, graduated and was ready and excited.  I put my resume on every MT website I could find, even before I graduated.  I got offers here and there from FocusIinfomatics, and another "no-name" companies who offered services of an intership with a job placement at the end.  Neither one worked out, I dusted off my shoulders, moved on and joined forums and emailed my resume till I couldn't type anymore.

Basically this all leads up today. I am a "newbie".  I am aware most people require 2+ years of experience, but isn't there someone out there who will let me put my foot in the door before they shut it? Before my "internship" no longer responded to me, she let me know I had either no errors, or only one or two minor ones.  I got excited thinking, I'm going to get a job offer then, but nothing.  So I am just a little discouraged.  I don't want to be anyones free work anymore.  I know if given the chance I can prove myself to MT Companies out there.

If anyone has adivce or two cents, good or bad,  i'm ready to hear it.  If I am not on this box looking for a job, im researching everything MT.  So please fellow MT's let me know that others use to be in the same spot as me and there might be people willing to take on a "newbie"

Discouraged Darling.

Please don't be discouraged.  You have to keep trying.  The teacher I had in medical transcription school told us that they have to hire someone.  I tried and it took me four years from the time I finished the course, but today I can honestly say I have 2 prive accounts and I am doing fairly well for myself.  I graduated in 1992 and in 1996 someone finally gave me a chance.  I wish you the best.
don't be discouraged
I made the decision to become a medical Transcriptionist after years of working in the financial corporate world. I went to a business college that offered the MT program, as well as court reporting, medical assisting, etc...I would recommend obtaining your education that way. It took about 9 months.

I have been consistently employed for 15 years now. When one job goes, another pops up just like that.

I was fortunate to have had employment in our local county hospital, and I did that for 5 years. I have also worked with tapes at local doctors offices as an IC. The possibilies really are endless.

One question - do you type?
Because if you already have that skill - you are well on your way...

Discouraged, but not a loser
Don't be so hard on yourself. Yeah, I know, I know, you're going to tell me I'm not in your shoes and you have bills to pay. I know what you are going through. I am going through it too. I am 56 years old, had a wonderful and stressful career in medical transcription. I owned my own business, had many good accounts, only to have it end like this. I saw the writing on the wall 15 years ago, but froze in fear and did nothing about it. Fifteen years ago my inner voice told me to do something about it, but I kept on going wasting my time in this field because I felt, well, maybe I can make it to retirement. NOT. I lost all of my accounts last year to India, and get this, a hospital I had an account with, decided not to dictate any more - just like that - they just dictate the H&Ps'. That's it. That's how my career ended. I was shocked and very depressed. After 6 months of depression and gaining weight, I decided to carve out the rest of my life. I am going to junior college for the first time in my life. Give yourself a pat on the back - you already have your associates degree. I have to work through that before I can go into a bachelor's program. The only thing I have is a house, a nice house. If I have to, I will sell my beautiful expensive house to pay the rest of my way through school. I'm ready to do that if I have to. I WILL NOT GIVE UP. I plan to go to law school. It is never too late. Keep looking for financing for school. There are ways to get through this. If you have talents in any areas, explore that. Sometimes it will take having to do 2 or 3 different things t make a living. I am working part time for a transcription company, doing pet sitting, and who knows? maybe I will do something else to keep me going. I am lucky though in that I have a husband who is paying our bills for now. I pay for my school and expenses with the money I make part time. DON'T GIVE UP - keep exploring your options. It's going to be about creativity from here on out at this point in life. My prayers and thoughts positive to you.
Discouraged and disgusted
I have a training course, a 3-month internship, and 4 months employment into this line of work and I here I am only making 2-5 cpl.  I apply for jobs, but they won't even let me test.  Why is this profession so hard to break in to? It seems so incredibly impersonal and these human resource people seem so curt and rude, like you're not a real person.  Today I feel like I've made a huge and costly mistake getting into this business. Anyone out there considering it should think twice!
Don't be discouraged - what type of prn did you do? (sm)
Were you transcribing for your doctors? If you were, then that is experience and you don't need to take a course. Was the work you were doing involving extensive medical terminology? Here's how I got into the field: I was taking pre-nursing classes and working as a secretary. I decided I did not want to do hands-on patient work, so in addition to the anatomy and physiology classes I had taken, I took a medical terminology class for one semester. After that I went and tested at a company that hired transcriptionists to work on-site for three months training and then they could work at home.

Also, I don't think what you are looking for is unreasonable at all, nor do I think you have bad reasons for seeking out transcription. If you were someone with zero medical experience just thinking being a Transcriptionist was a free ride, I would agree with some of the above posters, however, I don't see that as your attitude at all and I think you can do it!
Hey-When someone is discouraged, sick, and down and out-you don't have to come on with a smart re

When reading the job seekers board do you get discouraged at
the amount of times the post has been viewed? Sometimes, even though it was posted today, it has over 200 views already. Is everyone just looking or are all those MTs applying? How does one stand a chance....
Very good post - was getting discouraged as a member myself.
Thanks for your reply. I really get discouraged trying to keep my line count up.
The way I understand it if you dont keep below 10 to 15% QA you dont get the bonus even if your QA
score remains above 98% so you see as the other poster said you are between a rock and a hard place and I expect this is MQ way of getting out of paying a bonus to people. I see it this way anyhow. I plan to continue to send unclear things to QA and that is the way it is. I expect depending on the new pay scale on top of this they will be losing a lot of MTs anyhow as they continue to miser everyone out of money.
Do you honestly think they do. I dont. I dont think some of them can even understand some of the

 reports they listen to quite frankly.

If you dont want to read a thread, then dont.
Most Dr. dont care and dont know how they get
Since dont know of any cars that dont use
I dont know. I didnt care then and I dont care now.
Just me

Hello....YOU dont get it!
She is 18.  She is an adult.  Her parents didn't "send" her there.  She went with her friends.  Her parents, I am sure, instilled values in her.  But she, like most peoples young teenage children, probably was acting like all the other young teenagers there and having fun.  No one said she had no values.  She made a bad decision.  Your children could do the same, no matter how you have raised them.  Should you be persecuted because of it?  I think you don't have a clue. 
I dont know
I do not carry it now with the company I am an IC for, but I am new in the field so I rely on asking you guys
I dont believe you
I really doubt you transcribe that many lines in an 8 hour day five days a week. You must do a single ESL dictator. You must be one of the lucky ones who gets to use all of those "normal" reports. Since I moved to DQS all I get is ESL dictators and NO use of normals or canned reports.
Still dont believe ya
If you are doing straight typing and not using normals, let us in on your secret. I concentrate! I have a positive attitude! I can also type 120 words a minute! You must type 300+ words a minute. Well, just stay happy because soon you will not be getting the same type of work and you will be in ESL h-e-double toothpicks! Enjoy it while you can.
No I dont. I am from the NE.
DONT go to SPI.
you dont' know.

This is why I think the old "page" and "half page" method of pay was better for everyone.  I think it forced everyone to be honest. 

Do you think they'll ever bring back 'per page' method of billing ?

usually dont pay anything in
and last year managed to get 1800.00 back.  Love the write-offs!
I dont know but sm
A couple of them work in the office and I dont know if they put two and two together when I went to the office a couple of times or what. Or maybe he was just lying. I think it has to be the most rotten thing to do to anyone. What if something would have happened to me on the Interstate on the way home all because he couldnt just save me the trouble and do it over the phone? I have a husband who was highly upset that I drove all the way there for that.
dont know about

your Word problem - would seem that if you change it once in your transcription platform, that should hold from day to day.

but to post a new message - if you look up at the first message, right above that the admin has a message about the santa house, then look above that and to the left a bit you will see a box that says * post a new message *, click on that and you will start a new thread.

I dont think there's much else I can add
to all the great posts below, but you MUST know that you DO indeed have a job(s) and are working very hard. Sometimes parents can be so harsh and thoughtless.  Give yourself a big pat on the back and affirm to yourself that you are doing a GREAT job with everything in your life!  You are home for your kids and husband after all, and what's more important than that?!
Why dont you

post this on the gab board

Just joking!!!  I have been following your posts and noticed you have been told where to go all weekend.  Poor guy.  But you seem to be taking it well!  Good for you.

and good luck to you!

You dont have to have a CMT to be an MT - (nm)
just dont know
I have been doing this for almost six years. I know that to some of you, this isnt long, but considering I am 25, to me it is a good chunk of my life. I have loved every minute of my career as a transcriptionist.

My first job out the gate, with no experience, I made about 18,000 the first year. I stayed with that company for almost five years. Contractor status, no benefits, yada yada yada. the income fluctuated a bit in either direction, but overall it was okay.

Now I am a single mom of two. I work for a different company now that does actually offer the option of employee status with benefits, PTO, et cetera..i turned that down..i know i am crazy.

just to give you an idea of the potential and possibilities, i made almost 250 in two days. 1600 lines one day, 1200 the other.

There is a but..I often work twelve or more hour days...That is my choice, and no one elses...my line committment to my company is between 500 and a 1000 a day, but i think i am on paper as 500...i worked for 5 months without a footpedal and without a medical spellcheck/expander..so i did EVERYTHING manually

But ya know what, I still love every minute of it.
I'm an IC so I dont know if it is the same...
I made the mistake of "asking" for a raise just last week. I have been with this same office (a three doctor practice) for seven years. Not only was their response not to give me a raise, they want to make it so I'm actually making LESS. So I'm not sure how it works with a big company, but I know in my situation, I'm disheartened and upset. I figured with a big company they would say no, or they dont care about you, but in a small practice that I have felt part of the "family" so to speak... it was a shock. So much for loyalty in this industry! The problem comes in that I don't make enough money anymore to cover the expenses of inflation over the past seven years. I understand the need to cut costs in times like these, but how bad could it really be by not giving me a minimal raise? It's quite a slap in the face. I laid out the points of why I should be receiving the raise...(like 7 years alone without one isn't enough) but that's what you would normally do when asking for a raise, show your dedicated work, your accuracy, etc. If you do ask, I'd really love to hear back from you how it went so I know in the future what to expect. Good luck!
i dont really want to know!!!
Dont know about anyone else...sm
What I do know is that if I pass the test, my company reimburses the cost of the exam, and then gives me an extra penny a line. Doing just the minimum lines they require, that works out to over 2000 a year pay increase.

I am planning on taking the exam the end of June, as said company also requires all QA personal to have or attain within three months and had thought about applying fot QA in the near future when there is another opening.
dont know where you have worked
dont know where you have worked but the hospitals and trans services I have worked for would NEVER help a doctor speak better.  They are the bread and butter.  The doctor is essentially the boss.  You would never bring to a doctors attention that he does not speak correctly.  You obviously are a newbie.  I have worked at hospitals that have thrown wine and cheese parties for doctors just to get them in to do their charts, bought them scratch off lottery tickets, gifts, taken them to lunch, even though they could have suspended them but, of course, they would never.  You do not want to lose a doctors business, that is what keeps a hospital and trans service open and profitable.  You know what would happen if you suggested teaching a doctor how to talk correctly, you would be fired, nothing would happen to the doctor.
Up to the parents, but they dont do it
Hey, I feel like this, the parents have the only ones who have a right to spank or otherwise discipline kids
Dont believe me, who cares?
How silly you are.  Dont believe me, I dont care.  MQ has been sold.  I will post again once you get the news from MQ.  I will post *I told ya so*.
It dont exist
Dont miss it at all......

Been without it for a year now.  I have a greater appreciation for PBS!!  And, I find that since I have the television on less, I am much more productive.  My kids are out of the house now, I currently live alone, so did not need cable. 

I do get my fix of viewing when I spend the week-ends at my fiances place tho.

What? I dont get the joke.
AccuScribe in CA DONT DO IT!!
I agree w/ the other post, there are more than one AccuScribe companies out there and the one run by Susan Rojo is not a good one! She does demand work in right away and does not pay on time EVER!!! She has no people skills and does not treat her employees with respect at all. Not recommended if you like getting paid and respected for your hard work.
thank me. i tried, but they dont do hawaii :(