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My Rottie did that too, she sit in the back of my SUV and jump at the cars that passed or followed u

Posted By: happytypin on 2005-11-18
In Reply to: Oh yes !! - Rottie owner

You'd hear her teeth hitting the window as she crashed into the glass. Then she'd get tired and lay down.

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Uhem, I took and passed the CMT exam back in the day... SM

when it was a two part exam -- the first part a subjective, 120-question computerized exam and the second part, a practical transcription test administered by a proctor of my choosing and approved by the AAMT who oversaw me transcribing several COMPLETE reports (not little snippets of digital dictation listened through the computer), ACTUAL tapes that were sent to my proctor.  My proctor called the AAMT out in California when the test began and called them when I was finished and immediately faxed my completed reports.

So do not for one minute call me a "do-nothing" MT who could not pass the test.  When the AAMT changed their name, they dumbed down their test so that EVERYBODY could pass it (Indians, Fillipinos, YOU, etc.).  If everyone can pass it, more people will take it, and that means more money in their pocket!

I held my credentials for a while, but found that they meant absolutely nothing, especially when I worked directly as a hospital employee.  The HIM directors I worked for in my career had no idea there was an AAMT let alone transcription credentials!  It made no difference in the salary I was offered.  What made a difference were my years of experience and how well I did on their test during the interview! 

I gave up my credentials when I realized that the organization did absolutely nothing for me.  Did it improve my wages?  NO!  Did it improve my status within the healthcare industry?  NO!  Transcription still is and always will be the red-headed stepchild of the HIM department which is why it has so easily been outsourced and then so easily offshored. 

This organization should have championed medical transcription within the healthcare industry.  This organization should have shown hospital administrators, physicians, and HIM managers just how important the MT is to the healthcare machine.  This organization should have elevated our status.  That is what the AHIMA did for coders and that is what the AAMT/AHDI should have done for us, but they dropped the ball!  And now that they have embraced offshoring and even extended a helping hand to our offshore competitors, they have flushed any respect we might have received down the toilet.

I had high hopes for the AAMT/AHDI and they let me down miserably.  We are viewed as glorified secretaries by physicians and management.  So you go ahead and right your high horse, Ms. CMT!  You're still a big fat nothing in the mind of the doctors you hear in your ears every day and that's how we'll stay if the AHDI has anything to do with it.

1 Rottie, 1 Cocker, 2 Corgies. nm
What colors ....Any corvette is great but that stang is it
I leased for 3 years and then bought a brand new one! Love the concept, that way I knew exactly what i wanted to buy!
Dog chasing cars
I have a little pomeranian. She is only little in size. In her doggy mind, she is a big bag dog and no car is too big for her. In the car, she will bark at big trucks, I am talking semi's like they better not mess with her. It is really funny to see. She also barks at her reflection. I sometimes feel like barking at my reflection too, so that we have in common. Your dog sounds great.
Cars on EBAY
I live in Georgia and already, drowned cars from Lousiana and Miss. are showing up as "good buys". Beware, once these cars are cleaned up, you will NEVER know they've been submarines in earlier lives. On the other hand, my son bought an awsome Audi out of Tampa, but that was before the hurricaines.
teens and New Cars

Yes, there are probably a few nice new cars the "sweet 16's" had given to them, more so probably out of the guilt the parents felt for not spending time with them or the parents need to "keep up" their own status.  My niece was one of those....daddy bought his little girl anything she snapped her fingers for, she is 23, never went to college or held a job, but has a masters degree in partying and shopping. It's finally wearing thin on ol Pops and he gripes and complains but he set the standard the first time he gave in.  Kids may not like you right now, but they will appreciate it more so when it's their hard earned money and feel a sense of accomplishment.

On the other hand, my kid who is 20, is still driving a used car and he now knows the benefit of it after 3-4, 5...can't even remember the count minor fender benders, no injuries except to his pride!

Teens are just learning how to drive, insist of driving with the damn cell phones to their ears and minds on anything but the roads, and as I put it, why take something brand new and bang it up?  Save it till you have more experience, more of your own money and your insurance rates are lower.  If my kid and his friends had stock in Maaco, they'd be young millionaires by now!

Remind her of that old saying, which I heard a zillion years ago when I was a teen "people in h _ _ _ want ice water but they don't always get it

Story about cars

My ex and I were divorced when my son was 11.  We lived in the country so in order for my son to even get a job, he needed a vehicle.  I bought him a used truck for about $2,000 which was all I could afford.  It was a stick and he had a lot of trouble driving it.  He was responsible for the gas and the insurance.  When he graduated from high school, his dad gave him a card with a professionally made gift certificate in it that said "Good for one vehicle of choice."  He even had it notorized and signed by an employee of a car dealer.  He gave him the card at his graduation party in front of everyone so he (the dad) could look important.  After the party, he called my son to tell him that that did not mean he could go out and buy a Corvette or anything like that.  To make a long story short, when it came time for my son to get his car, he wasn't allowed to pick anything that he wanted, his dad decided on the vehicle, color, extras etc.   I do not think we owe are kids a car though, just could not help sharing my story. 

hybrid cars--anyone have one?

I'm looking to purchase a new car soon and being as how gas is already at $3 per gallon where I live, I'm certainly wanting to get something economical.  I've been doing some research on the hybrid cars and am particularly interested in the Toyota Prius, as that one seems to be the best according to what I've found.

I'm just curious....Do any of you MTs have a hybrid vehicle and/or know someone personally who does?  If so, do you like it?

rental cars
I am in Arizona and I usually have my best luck with Avis. Hey where are you in Arizona??
those cars are so cute
So do you do that a lot? You own a big house? Have nice cars?
what-ever..big money my butt.
Wow! I just looked outside to see five cop cars parked
in front of my house.  The one neighbor's teenager moved out, so I know it's not that.  I wonder what's going down?  Should I be ducking?  LOL
No way, my DD has JUST started going in cars w/boyfriend. nm
i use GM mastercard w/rebates on new cars.
We have saved something like $8000 over last 10-12 years in rebates. We put most everything on there, gas, groceries, etc and it adds up. But we only have one card and pay it off every month too, so not sure about interest rates, etc. Can go to gmcard.com and see if it works for you.
Ever had a dog that "chases" cars "in the car?"
We just adopted a dog last month from the SPCA.  She's a great dog, very young but past puppyhood, spayed,  housebroken, sits, stays, everything you couuld ask for when getting a "used dog."  BUT.... We've discovered that her hobby in the car is sitting by the window until a car passes and then "chasing it."  She will take breaks and lay down and sleep for a while, but then gets back to her hobby.  When we leave her in the car, she just sleeps, so she's basically a pretty good passenger other than the chasing.  Anybody ever heard of  this before?
I have leased 2 cars and have never had a bad experience. (sm)
Presently I lease a Trailblazer. No down payment, payments of $448 a month including an additional rider I chose for wear and tear coverage. 5 year lease. I can turn it back in 18 months early if I choose to. It's a nice way to get a higher end price car for lower payments.
There you go, lets have a thread about old cars!!!
lines at the pumps, 2-3 cars long.

Yes, we swapped cars. DH drives my 4 cyl his 13 mi to work and I keep
There is also a limit. People in expensive cars
pulling up to stand in line for free money.  Doctors and lawyers, supposedly respected business owners, etc who really did not lose that much, at least not to the point where they can't recover on their own.  Help the ones who can't help themselves but the ones who can help themselves should be ashamed!
Go ahead and post stuff about your cars
but I doubt many people are interested in it, who knows, but I am sure that many many people want to talk about their animal companions, so if it does not interest you, SKIP it. That is why this is called the main board, many other boards on the left for you to get information on MTing, other than just the main board.
that's true, many new cars now offer great

I have a Toyota Corolla and my gas mileage is even better than the impressive Civic! I don't remember exactly what it is but I want to say around 38-41 MPG.

However, I would also love to eventually get away from traditional cars and more towards Hybrids or whatever else they come up with that will transition us away from oil dependency.

Car dealerships use dryer sheets in used cars.
After wiping what you can with the alcohol as suggested, put a few Bounce dryer sheets in the sealed trashbag.
So, this future generation of MT's all live in their cars?
Because don't forget - MT wages never go up, only DOWN, if any change at all. And cost of living keeps going up. What has gotten cheaper during the recession? NOTHING. What will get more expensive once the economy improves? EVERYTHING.
opps - I meant how will WE buy cars. Tired.
thanks everyone! I've passed all of this
info to my mother. i'm so glad it's her house and not mine :)
Oh how sad! I did not know she had passed.
I agree, RIP Shelly!!
Just passed the CMT...sm
I'm just bragging on myself.  I have 2 years' experience.  The transcription was easier than I thought!
yea - i passed
had gotten an error message - emailed the site - and was supposed to get back a response - of course, on this board, the response has never come. Not surprising. They don't care unless you post something controversial - then they are all up in arms and kick you off the boards - we all figure out how to get back on - though - we're never gone for long.
I passed it!!!
I was really shocked!!! It was not as hard as the review guide so that was a good thing. I finished the entire test in 2.5 hours but you have 6 total for both portions.

I'm going to repost at the top so maybe others can see my response and it can hopefully help others!

Thanks for asking!!!
Ok, I give up. My dad passed away

a year ago today and weird things have been happening since. On his birthday the coffee pot stopped working, which was a gift from him. On father's day, the washer stopped working, another gift from him. Today, the dryer decided it didn't like the new washing machine and decided to join its old counterpart in appliance heaven. That was another gift from him. All these items were less than 2 years old. Either he's a bad gift giver or he's messing with my head. Don't know whether to laugh or cry at all the crazy coincidences or call out ghostbusters. Why can't he break the stupid things like the lawnmower?

Ok, I give up. My dad passed away

a year ago today and weird things have been happening since. On his birthday the coffee pot stopped working, which was a gift from him. On father's day, the washer stopped working, another gift from him. Today, the dryer decided it didn't like the new washing machine and decided to join its old counterpart in appliance heaven. That was another gift from him. All these items were less than 2 years old. Either he's a bad gift giver or he's messing with my head. Don't know whether to laugh or cry at all the crazy coincidences or call out ghostbusters. Why can't he break the stupid things like the lawnmower?

I passed the RMT exam! sm
Sheesh!  It took them long enough to give me the results.  I was thinking I'd be eligible for the CMT before I received the RMT results.  The earth didn't shake for me when I received the results like when I found out I passed my nursing boards, but I'll take it. 
If you passed the CMT before, I'm sure you can pass it again... (sm)
especially since you have an additional 7 years of experience. Someone told me they make you listen to the dictation snippets without the use of a foot pedal. Really...that is funny. What MT would work without a foot pedal? Unless of course they were a double amputee. Sorry I'm so wordy tonight. I just got done with my shift and am a bit punch drunk at 3 am.

Anyway, the RMT is just for new graduates to test their basic skills.

Good luck with your CMT recert. I have my 2 years at the end of the month and am thinking about taking it myself.

I passed the CMT exam!

I am pleased.

I took it in March and passed

Don't sweat the transcription.  The CMT Review Guide serves more to scare that provide an accurate representation of the transcription portion, IMO.

Just take it when you are ready.  If you don't have the 2 years' experience yet, you will benefit from taking the RMT first because it is very similar in format.  The RMT is far less intimidating than the CMT before you actually sit down to take the test.

It's very reassuring that you can receive the results immediately.  Heck, even nursing boards that are all multiple choice questions don't give you an immediate answer.

Good luck!

CMT exam ~ I passed!

Thanks for the responses I received last week and your good luck wishes.  It helped!!  I passed the test!

There are 2 sections - the first is 106 questions in which you have 2 hours to complete.  The second portion is 62 questions and you have 4 hours to complete that section.

Section 1 is multiple choice and is about terminology, disease process, grammar, and some anatomy.  You have the ability to "mark" an answer and then see a list at the end so you can go back to that particular question.  You really have ample time.

Section 2 consists of the actual dictations.  You never have an entire report to transcribe though.  Some questions vary from proofreading to picking the correctly punctated sentences, etc.  You have no foot pedal on the test and use your mouse to play, pause, rewind, etc.  In some questions, you type the entire audio.  On other questions, there is a paragraph already there, you listen to the audio for the paragraph, and then type the ommited text only.  It's very important to follow the directions and do only what you are asked.  Again, you can go back and review your answers before you submit your test.

When you feel you are cmoplete, you click one final button to submit the test and within about 5 seconds of processing, a screen will pop up with your results.  I saw the words PASS and I was so relieved!!!

After leaving the test site, I stopped by the hospital and signed my documents to receive an 8% raise on my base pay and an extra 2 cents per line on my incentive pay.  I definitely think the $150 for the test was a good investment!!!

Again, thanks for your support!!!!

I took the first part and passed it.
It's actually a really easy test. They sent me the second part (the transcription part) and I decided not to proceed as there were 4 files to type and they seem pretty long. However, just because you've "been in the industry for over 20 years" doesn't mean you've been doing things correctly! You really shouldn't knock the test because it was really easy, but maybe you just need to brush up on things and you'll pass it another time.
I passed the CMT this week! sm

I know there is a lot of debate about the CMT, AHDI etc., but for me personally -  I am extremely pleased that I finally took the time to sit for the exam. 


I agree akward way to say it, but perhaps they changed it because it should've read:  Only lipase elevated, past 3 times normal. 

Thus, saying that NOW the lipase is elevated, however, the last 3 were normal.  ???? 

rich skanks dress better and have nicer cars and homes.

Good grief.. Fortunately ours is only chasing oncoming cars, so just
I can't stand it when parents spoil their kids with brand new cars....sm

especially since a lot of times the teenager ends up wrecking it because they don't care.  Those I've seen that have taken better care of their vehicles and drove them properly were those that had some investment in a good used vehicle.  They had to work to pay for the gas and insurance at minimum.  That's what I did when I was a teenager and the only reason I got a car then was because I had an after school job and it was easier for my parents to help me get a vehicle than drive me back and forth. 

Oh, I'm so sorry. My dog passed away a month or 2 ago, too. Everyone here was SO kind.
Maybe our dogs are playing together!
One of our friends' child just passed away.
What do you do for someone in this situation?  I know to send a card and go to the service.  I don't think flowers are a good idea because people send so many that it's just a hassle to find somewhere to put them until you have to throw them away.  Money, a cooked meal?  I spazzed out and didn't know what to say to them except we're here for you.  I can't believe I got up this morning griping about my own situation when so many other people have so much that's worse.
Done ! And passed it on to my whole address book...sm
     GO JULIE !!! 
My grandpaw used Vitalis up until he passed away...
About 6-1/2 years ago.  Some things never change.  How about the shampoo with the beer in it, I can't remember what it was called, or the commercial *you tell 2 friends, and they'll tell 2 friends, and so on, and so on...*  Too funny!
MA passed law stating all residents MUST
or they will be fined $1,000 per year.  Poverty level up to 4 times poverty level (for family of four) you will receive free or subsidized care.  All other residents must either have health insurance through their employer or individual policy.  My question is, what if you just cannot afford it????  There are many reasons some above poverty level cannot afford coverage, such as family history.  This law stinks.  I'm sure there was heavy insurance company lobbying on this one.  Once again the little guy gets .
Then CMTs who passed more than a couple
years ago should have to retest, because it has only currently become so ridiculously hard that nobody passes it.  Can you say money?  Rake in hundreds of dollars per test, over and over, and you're getting rich.