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I hope I hang in long enough to get familiar with account

Posted By: but it's hard... all i get is negative on 2005-07-13
In Reply to: yes, it goes something like this (sm) - notperfectMT

mostly not medical error, this doctors wants it this way, that doctor wants it that way, and with a base of 700 doctors, that's hard to remember. You can add headings, then when you add heading, they delete them... next time, I don't add heading and they add it... suppose to type names as dictated (if spelled), otherwise type "the patient"... next they correct it and put "the patient" where I typed the name, etc.   Does one EVER get used to all the rules/regulations?

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    As far as getting experience and feedback, my suggestion to you, and indeed all new MTs, is that you need to work inhouse for a while. There you will be surrounded by supportive (usually) peers who do not mind stopping to help you out. You are usually paid an hourly rate so that your research is not "free" and you can feel more at ease about doing the kind of research you want. This give and take is usually only available inhouse. Do not just look at hospitals, check local clinics, doctor's offices, rehab facilities, any place where doctor's work. I think once you have some inhouse experience you will feel a lot more confident and will be capable of making the kind of money you need to succeed in this career. Also at that point, the question of your experience won't be a factor. To start out, I think all MTs need to have some inhouse experience with input and feedback from their peers, along with an hourly rate of pay so that you can go through the learning curve and not starve to death or drop out.

    This is a very, very difficult job and all of us have our own horror stories of when we were newbies. It is perseverence and determination that will separate the wheat from the chaff. Just hang in there. You are in the hardest part right now, it can only go up from here. But with your excellent work ethic and diligence, you are bound for great things.

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    Exactly! Because you got familiar with VR....
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    And all the various accounts with the different clients' specifics.
    Hang tight and don't give up!
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    I have one ESL that took me 30  minutes to do ROS for the first time I did it as I could not understand him and he went through all systems. Even though I don't get him much, I have him in my expanders with ROS and the first 3 letters of his last name. Expanders take time, but they're worth it in the long run.

    I would give yourself 6 months. I know it sounds like a long time, but it'll keep getting easier to you and then you'll be able to do anything that is tossed at you. Trust me on this. I've been there. ESLs were my biggest challenge in the last 2 years, but now I can sail through them.

    I always loved that line, "You know you're an MT when you understand all of the clerks at the 7-11."

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    try this one...all the info is free...hang in there! sm
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