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I am looking for some good basic orthopedic sites -- Any ideas?

Posted By: memt on 2006-06-21
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A basic recommendation for a basic expander use plan SM
If you use your Expander mainly to store text for specific doctors and their specific reports you will 1) Find it extremely difficult and expensive to change jobs (critically so, to the point of eventually feeling you can't or even leaving the field when your employer lets you go) and 2) as someone said, find yourself spending a whole lot of time editing your expansions to the current report.

I strongly recommend instead contacting Linda for her system, then day by day developing your expander vocabulary of INDIVIDUAL words and phrases, untied to any specific report. I can take my abbreviation for "denies any fevers, chills, or sweats" (dyfcos) to any of dozens of companies and use it for dictations of thousands of doctors. No having to change it, because I also have one for "denies fever, chills, or sweats," one for "denies having fevers, chills, or sweats," and so on and so on. As Linda says, with a system the individual abbreviations don't have to be memorized. As you can see, these terms are merely the first letters of the words in the phrase(with Y standing in for "any" instead of A because that's my abbreviation for the word "any" itself).

BTW, regarding that last, editing gets very fast when all you have to type to drop in the word "the" here and there as you cruise through is a T, "his" a G, a "that" a V, et cetera. No special reason for those letters for those words, I was just looking for a one-letter abbreviation I could cut them down to to speed up.

Hope this makes sense. Linda will understand what I mean about the extreme importance of developing an independent dictionary of expansions that will work with any dictator.
what size package do you have? i have basic and i couldn't make good lines due to speed. nm
some good sites

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chemo acronyms - this same website has chemo drugs


cancer terms


types of lymphoma


FDA approved onco drugs with good links on page


cancer staging (TNM)


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All of these ideas are good.

We lost a newborn.  I know it is 100 times worse for an older child, but I appreciated all the things people did for me.  Our neighbor came over that morning without being asked, while I was still in the hospital, and mowed our lawn before people started coming by. Other friends brought some meals.  I most appreciated visits from friends.  I was still on maternity leave with no baby to take care of. 

good ideas

I've looked into other things I could do as a sidestep from transcription, like editor, or biller, there are tons of ads for billers and coders.  I'd need more schooling.  As far as support from family, thats great that yours admire you.  Mine is just really judgemental and have always thought I never lived up to my potential.  I've always been content though.  Being an MT allows me my independence which is the most important thing to me.

Thanks all - some good ideas here. (sm)
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Good ideas. Thanks. nm
Good ideas here

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Good ideas if you want to keep them.
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good ideas
There are fantastic ideas here http://www.productivitytalk.com/forums/index.php

Good luck!
Good ideas !
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Good ideas - but most want to be at home! sm
I work more being at home, albeit not in 8 straight hours, but I get more work done at home with more lph working in 2-hour shifts throughout the day. Working in the office would not cut it for me. I have been working at home for 16 years now, no way will I go back to an office. So, if you are looking for the seasoned MTs to work in the office with the newbies - good luck with that!

I think you have great ideas and it will work, you just might have to modify a few things along the way.

Best of luck to you!
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Free Ortho sites & ABCZ sites

Every orthopedic test imaginable.



This site has a free ABCZ Expander system.



This site has free software.....There is Stedmans Ortho Word Book program on there amount other great software. 



Good luck

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Orthopedic pointers
I will be starting a new job transcribing orthopedic clinic work. Although I have transcribed orthopedics throughout the years, but I'm a little worried about "new" or "up-to-date" ortho terminology. Could anyone direct me to some good ortho websites to use as references? I'm also thinking about going ahead and loading orthopedic terminology into my Shorthand program. I think I can get this from the productivity boards. Any other pointers to get jump start would be appreciated. Thanks!
re:Orthopedic pointers
I'm from the old school, so my recommendation is to acquire the latest Steadman's Orthopedic and Rehabilitation word book for a reference.
orthopedic exam
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Stedman's Orthopedic Words
Do you have Stedman's Orthopedic & Rehab Words? There 2 sample op notes for ORIF on pgs A126 and A127.
I don't capitalize orthopedic tests themselves, but if there's

I have HPI Orthopedic/Neurology book (sm)
With that and google, I was able to pick up ortho in no time. It may sound daunting, but a lot of what they say is repetitive and 6 months to a year from now, you'll be wondering why you worried :)

Good luck!

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I transcribe for orthopedic surgeon who utilizes EMR
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The cost is a major factor. Especially with the population aging like we are. Baby boomers will all be on SS at same time and if health care doesn't figure something out, there are predictions being made that are nightmarish, like the collapse of the health care system. This was said by a person (Dr. Andrew Weil) being interviewed by Larry King.

Do you capitalize orthopedic test names?

Is it correct to capitalize every orthopedic test, such as, Anterior Drawers Test, Alar Ligament Test, etc. 

Thank you


Stedman's Orthopedic & Rehab Words, both on CD and book
With the CD, all you do is highlight the word and click on the icon.
Wheeless Orthopedic Textbook - Link Inside

Wheeless Textbook of Orthopedics - online - link below.  I find this to be a priceless site. Good luck


Geez, orthopedic surgery is boring and tedious.
Basic 4

Can anyone tell me what Basic 4 MTs is?


basic 4
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