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Look at it this way, he will probably need it for more than 1 class eventually; or my daughter

Posted By: ann on 2007-07-20
In Reply to: What I was doing is legal. sm - searching

needed Word which at the time I did not have, so our alternative was for her to stay after school and use their computers as I could not afford the program then.

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My 9 year old daughter has it now. Two other kids in her class were sick this week also.

My kids are allowed on extracurricular activity a piece. My daughter is taking one dance class

week and my son will be starting basketball at school in a month and that is it aside from church activities.  I definitely think parents push their kids to do too much.  Not only is it stressful for the kids, but I can imagine the added stress of parent who works full time having to keep track of each other's schedules, the kids' schedules, and running to and fro taxing kids back and forth!

I worry about my nephew.  He's 13 and he plays every sport there is.  He broke his knee playing fooball two years ago and now has to wear a knee brace in every sport he playes, he's 13!  Right now, he is playing 7th grade football, he is in two different soccer leagues, and he is signing up for a football outside the school system.  So he basically has some sort of practice or a game every day of the week and on Saturdays!  He has strained his back, he complains about his knee aching.  When I say something to my sister about him overdoing it, she says "he does want he wants, we're not making him."  I've told her that she is his mother and it's really up to her to set limits, but she loves the idea that she's the mom of a "star athlete."

Anyway, just a sore subject with me, I guess.  I'm really close to my kids and all my neices and nephews and I hate to see them miss out on the fun in life just because they feel they have to schedule everything!

What goes around DOES eventually - sm
come around, and I think we MT's need to help it a bit more then we have been in the past. Regardless of who wins this year's election, and who our elected officials are next year, WE need to start lobbying and pushing for reform in a messed-up healthcare system that allows patient reports to be sent out of the United States. And we need to push for a change from the current policy of REWARDING hospitals, MTSO's, insurance companies, etc. for offshoring what should be strictly AMERICAN work.

They say "the pen is mightier than the sword", and who better to write letters and emails, newspaper editorials, blogs, letters to the editors of newspapers, etc. than MTs, who have a superior command of the written word, and who know firsthand what's really going on in the medical world, and how it hurts us, and ALL American patients.
You're right...I eventually was able to do it...

after reading a thread on Productivity Talk.   'She' wouldn't even really talk to me about it..."just send the $25."  I felt she could have at least been a bit more helpful, but she really wasn't at all.  The conversion instructions didn't work when I followed them.  That as over 3 years ago.  Maybe they are better now, but I just don't care for how SpeedType works.  Period.  I would resell it to someone, but I don't think they would thank me. 


What I see makes me think US MT will eventually
Eventually the India MTs will not need

I think eventually all companies will be doing
almost 100% VR and we will definitely be taken advantage of then, getting paid 3 cpl. I will not work for that and that's why I want out of transcription ASAP!
Why is this being allowed to happen, isn't it eventually
If American workers are forced out of their jobs so foreigners can work for cheap, making the owners of these companies richer, what happens to consumption?  The avg American is too poor to consume much, driving other American businesses into the ground.  Soon it will be a monopoly, there will be no middle class, just poverty and the filthy rich making money off foreigners.
Hey, it's called CAPITALISM....Something will eventually run WM out too.

THere was a uproar years ago when supermarkets came into being, then the department stores... Who the heck shops in Mom N' Pop stores anymore?  And who can afford the inflated prices.  Capitalism is the best system, no matter how much you don't like it.

I notice that too. QA will eventually catch up to them.
don't laugh: it WILL be called that eventually s/m
and if not, it's not like everyone wouldn't know the difference.  Scary!
Eventually, VR will be the industry standard.
The way I see it, the options are:
A. Learn it now; find a platform and a company where you can make decent money.
B. Keep job hopping for the next few years as straight transcription is phased out bit by bit, company by company.
C. Find another profession.

Eventually, the straight transcription will only be available when creating speech models for new dictators.
Bleach works but disintegrates it eventually.
Also, any action you eventually may take will have to happen in her state - not yours. nm
I started MT to gain skills to eventually work....sm

outside my home. I was working another small business from home too and had been home for 13 years total. My MT skills got me a job as a secretary for the Army. My first position didn't pay a lot, but it was still about $3.50 more an hour than I could find anywhere else locally. In August 2006, with promotions etc., I will have had total increases in salary of 45% in two years. My next move is to start taking some college courses (which my employer will pay for) and applying for positions with a more defined career field. Having a hard time figuring out which field, as I have a lot of options/opportunity.

Working from home served a huge purpose, but since DH is also self-employed, my current job adds a lot of security to our family in terms of health/life insurance, retirement, paid vacations, etc. I added up the cost of all my paid benefits vs. paying out of pocket as an independent contractor, and they were worth another 35 - 40% of my salary, which will increase once I start taking college classes.

If you are not looking in the medical field, gear your resume towards your other skills. MTs have a myriad of skills (research, computer, organizational, listening, following instructions, bookkeeping). If you are an independent contractor, you are more than an MT, you are a small business owner, which puts a host of additional skills on your plate. Get creative and look at some on-line resumes in different fields, you will probably be surprised how many skills you have. 

When I decided to look for a job, I researched all the highest paying companies/opportunities within the distance I was willing to travel and only applied to those companies. It took about a year and a few interviews, but I eventually got exactly what I was looking for. I still get calls from some of the places I interviewed/applied offering jobs.  

My goal is to eventually add commentary and humor/satire/etc...sm
I'm not talented in all those areas and hope to attract other MTs who are. There's no money in it at this point, unfortunately.

That's a Shame, Becka, I hope you can eventually collect your pay! (EOM)
it does get easier and eventually things make sense to you even when you can't understand -
I was doing a Irish doctor, I could understand the medical terms pretty well, it was the easier, more normal words, I had trouble with.  Because of the lilting and very fast way he said it "three arteries and a vein" nearly drove me insane. 
class 0-6
found this site via google of spelled-out form:


MT class

I am wondering about how much transcribing is expected to be done a day.  Number of reports, lines or maybe pages.  I only have my students two times a week for one hour at a time.  I don't want to give them too much or too little.  Thank you.

What a class act
I think your line "Shove it where the sun don't shine" says it all.  Medquist must be so proud to have you as an employee. 
If you are classified as a Statutory Employee you can use the deduction.  Be very careful.  Got to irs.gov pulldown menu self-employed......You don't have to guess.  You have to know the square footage of your dwelling, the square footage of the room you use as an office to get a % of what is used for work.  Add up all of the utilities, interest, mortage, and multiply the %.  That is your deduction.   Sch C is probably easier.  Home off deduction does you NO good if you have a NOL (net operating loss) from business earnings.
And then there is no class
I also did this. One class from my BA.
I'm weighing my options and may go ahead towards a Master's degree but ultimately, I did so for the same reasons. In 5 years there are going to be so many MTs vying for fewer jobs that it will drive down wages and I'm not going there. So, I'll just learn to do something else.
You said it - in a word - class
The man just does his job (extremely well)and goes home to his family. No stupid hollywood publicity stunts, no games.
The class action against MQ by MTs should be about

forget about Ricca laws and tying it to hospitals and line counts.

They have lied and done smoke and mirrors to the point that there

probably could be a case made for that alone. 

And why do we never hear anything more about the SEC case?

And the FBI case against MQ for sending military information over

unsecured lines?

What happened to all that?


We met in a Flirting class!

Class action...
I was involved in several of these suits - most of them with Medquist - and the biggest check I ever got was $3.61.
Once was middle class.

I was going to agree with you at first, but....  There is always food on the table, bills are paid.  Have pretty much what I need, but as I get older I care about having a lot less.  Certainly not rich, neither of us will be able to retire any time soon, although had we planned better, we might have been able to.  So I guess that put's us sort of in the middle, huh?

Hardly. We will always have and need a middle class.
The middle class is supporting everyone. This is a socialistic society.

I work and make money to pay for my stuff.

I work and make money to pay for YOUR stuff.

Believe me, there is a need for a middle class in a society like this one. They're just apprehensive to use the "S" word because it sounds too much like *gasp* Communism!
Yes, we will always NEED a middle class,
but don't think it will ALWAYS be there....just look around you.... Maybe when the rich have to take care of the "working poor" we will see a turn-around, but then again maybe they'll just "forget" them.  Don't have much faith in this economy.  The poor are being ripped of any programs that existed just a few years ago.  By the time the "middle class" hits bottom, there will be no help, no kind of any social programs in existance, just the rich and poor.  Which will you be?  Yeah, yeah, I'm pessimistic, but also realistic. 
Sometimes - and taking a class
Maybe a computer class a little more advance than you are used to or a pick up one of the classes meant for LPNs or RNs (maybe just to sit in), a lecture from someone in the field, etc.
Class of 2006
Who said 0.00 because its just a high school graduation?  My middle son just graduated this year and we did give him a huge graduation party with a buffet, cake, ice cream, balloons, napkins imprinted with his name and "Class of 2006" on them, etc.  We did the party here in our home on a Sunday afternoon and invited family, close friends and a few teachers he had kept in touch with through the years.  Yes, it was his job to earn the diploma and such was expected of him; however, the party was our reward to him for a job well done.  He did receive lots of gifts -- some were money, some were things for college, etc.  The monetary gifts ranged from $5 to $200.  My son was just as grateful for the $5 gifts as he was for the $200 (grandparents).  He also received only cards from a few people who attended, and he was still grateful for their sharing his special day.  One of the gifts he was most excited about was a gift card to a bookstore.  He spent a couple of hours wandering around trying to decide what books he wanted to purchase.  Another gift he cherishes to this day is "A Book of Prayers for the Graduate."  Don't give more than you can afford.  If a card is the best one can do, then its enough because they're acknowledging an accomplishment and milestone in a young adult's life.
Me too and I have to take a math class, but I need to do something else, sm
cant outsource eating LOL
49 years old/self taught/daughter 20 years old/self taught. I'm a CMT, and daughter is studying t
take the test soon.
maybe not "back to school", but maybe a class or something sm
like a training/refresher course! Sheesh, I was just askin'!
It is not a class action suit as of yet
It is not certified class action because MQ filed for the proceedings to be held in NJ with all the other law suits. Therefore, this is stalling the certification of the suit to class action. They have received numerous calls over the checks.

Of course they cannot offer legal advise as they are not representing all MQ MTs as of yet, it is still the original 3 that filed, but I don't think it would be wise to cash it. That is just me. I know there are those that will disagree and call me names, but thats my two cents.
Does the class action include the DEP
platform? Somewhere, don't remember where now, I thought I read the class action was about the old platform MedRite and was for a certain range of years. Is there info out there that the class action pertains to DEP also?
Am I lost - is this English class
Excuse me, Miss Smarty Pants - but this is NOT English class - go teach English somewhere else if you such strong desire!
Good for you. You've got class.
That is a lesson you're passing on to your kids. I don't blame you for being upset, but you should be pround of yourself for not asking for a handout.
Well by the looks of the class of people who have entered this
I think the majority of them actually are of an unskilled factory worker caliber. You see people on here with no respect for education and who resent others who do have degrees, you see people on here who are often at the doors of destitution and can't think outside the box to improve their quality of life, you see people living with relatives because they can't even afford a home of their own be it rented or owned, you see people on here who are bragging about their husbands making 10 dollars an hour as if that's really good money. Scary what's happened to the MT world. This used to be a respectable job, but not any more. It started going downhill when we left the hospitals and started working at home, which was good for us from a convenience standpoint, but it made a lot of people let themselves go physically since they didn't have to leave the house, it started attracting the socially inept because they didn't want to leave the house either, and the solitude of it all just made a lot of people miserable and angry. No thanks.

Back to school for me!
aerobics class 3x a week
gets me out of the house and mix with other people which helps, too.
I was in a class action suit once & got $600
A friend says to you, "I'm going to take the MT class to become an MT in 4 months."

A friend with children who wants to work at home, never typed a day in her life.

Share it with the rest of the class!

Agree that Linda was a class act, but...

She wasn't from that Eastman family. 

Convinced the middle class.
Thinking of challenging a class - sm

I have been in transcription for nearly 20 years but I'm back in school.  One of the classes I can challenge for the nursing program is Medical Terminology.  It has been years and years since I took the class and the credit is too old.  My options are taking it over or challenging.  I would prefer to challenge. 

My question is.......... does anyone know of a website where I can take a FREE practice medical terminology test? 


I received an opt-out of a class action

lawsuit involving a certain MTSO and the other party involved (think it was formerly AAMT).  Anyway, since I won't get a dime even after having been ripped off all those years, I just threw it in the garbage.  AAMT, or whatever they call themselves now, plans on keeping ALL settlement monies for their greedy little selves.

When I worked for the MTSO there were rumors flying around about the 90 character line count that was then converted to 55 characters before going to the client.  The MTSO pocketed the rest.  Guess it really wasn't a rumor after all.  How sad. 

To be SUCCESSFUL at MT, you'll need more than 1 class in transcribing. sm
However, you are off to a good start having had A&P and terminology and being a coder. Unfortunately, personal experience and family history don't give you all that much preparation for a career in MT, nor does just working in a medical office. But, if you are a successful coder, you do have a better base to build on. Coding and MT are very different, but you do have exposure and familiarity with more medical terms than the average person would. To be truly prepared for a career in MT, and I stress that it is a career, I have to suggest a full MT program, preferably one that includes a practicum/internship in its curriculum. If you continue to work in a medical office, I would look into who currently does their transcription, and see if you can practice on old tapes that they may have, see how you do on your first attempt at transcribing. Of course you won't be great right away, but it will at least give you a realistic vision into the actual work.
In our Sunday School class, now we teach!nm