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Speak for yourself. This seasoned MT can't do

Posted By: it with MQ anymore; used to be able to do a lot mo on 2007-02-25
In Reply to: any seasoned MT can do 2000 lpd no problem. - sometimes even more.


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Well you know what? Maybe they should care! maybe we seasoned MTs actually need something to
distinguish us from those who either aren't really good MTs. This could give a lot of us a sense of real accomplishment to be not just an MT, but an RMT. I think it would be great. I would go for it. I mean, come on, isn't that was credentials are all about nowadays? To SHOW everyone just how important you are? Hey, why can't our field have one??? I like this idea much better than CMT!!!!!!!!
Question for seasoned ER MTs....sm
I am very curious to know if those who have been doing ER work for a few years usually find a summer slow-down occurs at some point, in terms of work volume.  I'm on my first ER account, busy as a bee for months, but for over a month now the work has dwindled down to a trickle.  Have heard it's a seasonal low, but find it hard to believe it goes this low!  And if it true, please tell me it could pick up soon!    Thanks for sharing your experience.
Need some advice from some seasoned MT's!!
Can someone PLEASE give some tips or advice:  I have been testing with companies, but every dictator they throw out there is an ESL dictator and my ear is not as trained as I need it to be.  I really want to get better at typing ESLs and have been transcribing for 1 1/2 years.  Problem is, I am just missing so much of the dictation I don't even want to send it in.  Does anyone with a trained ear have any tips???
Oh please -- the recipe for the seasoned taters?!
any seasoned MT can do 2000 lpd no problem.

I had training. I was trained by seasoned MTs who knew what they were doing. nm
All training does not have to be in the form of formal education. I didn't just decide to do this as a lark. This is my profession. Those ladies took me in hand and trained me well. I just had the basic terminology that I needed and they taught me the correct way of transcribing reports.
I had training. I was trained by seasoned MTs who knew what they were doing.
All training does not have to be in the form of formal education. I didn't just decide to do this as a lark. This is my profession. Those ladies took me in hand and trained me well. I just had the basic terminology that I needed and they taught me the correct way of transcribing reports.
We have a lot of seasoned MTs interested; it is the newbie crowd that wants to be
at home only. I have to admit that was the biggest shock to all of us that are working on the set up of this. There are a lot of experienced MTs that like the socialization and structure of working in an office or hospital, as long as the pay, benefits and conditions are good. We are going to make it as close to (or better) working in a hospital so that it is appealing to all.
Oh and FYI, there are a LOT more quality-driven newbies, than seasoned MTs!
Just my opinion!
First , I am a seasoned MT, no need to train, tapes are picked up, i type 'em. and that is about it.
of course they speak english, with an accent but they speak British-English quite well.
And I can't speak Indian so I guess they have an edge don't they?
Oven-roasted chicky bird...with possibly seasoned tators in oven and ? for veggie nm
Hey, speak for yourself (sm)
My accounts are 95% ESL. I love them. I can do them. It's job security, thanks to the MTs who can't or won't do them. As long as I can hear them and the technical quality is there, I welcome the ESL challenge!

I'm lost as to why doctors can not just speak more clearly. I know it is possible, I have many doctors who do it. I am only 25, and I am going to be gray by the time I am 30.

My god. i know that its hard to have so many patients, its also hard to transcribe if you cant speak clearly, for the doctors that can talk more fluent thank you very much.
I would not speak

or respond to any job posting that used a hotmail address.  ANY reputable company will have professional email set up that uses their company name, such as   recruiter@reputablecompany.com. 

Did he speak to you about it?
Speak for yourself
You cannot speak for everyone!!


Hey, speak for yourself...
And her opinions in posts. She put in ample dues in this profession and I for one am delighted that she showed up here to post and keep her fingers on the pulse of the MT biz. I think Ella pretty much rocks.

Pay the naysayers no mind, Ella...You keep posting, girlfriend, because I'm sure I'm not the only one who respects your contribution to the profession and your continued input.

And, geez, she was only pointing out that there are good and bad in EVERY race, nothing wrong with that perspective, especially since IMO it's correct.

I sympathize with you with the ESLs (just finished a 15-minute report dictated by a VERY Chinese dictator which has me ready to beat my head into my monitor, lol!), but don't take it out on Ella. Without the blood, sweat and tears of MTs like Ella, where we would all be today?

These ESL's speak more than their own language, sm
many are fluent in several languages.  They also pay income taxes at the same rate as USA-born doctors.  Until you can speak their language as well as they can speak ours, have some compassion for their efforts, and be glad that you have a job.  There are ESLs wherever you go.  Better get used to it.  Or better yet, why don't you travel to a country where you don't speak the language.  It might humble you a bit when you see how difficult it is. 
you speak your mind ....
with facts and not with vicious attacks and I like that quality in people.  What you say makes sense and I appreciate reading your opinion.  But I did not post anything with the intentions of warning someone away but rather they research certain things before accepting a position with not just a particular transcription service or company but with any prospective employer and decide for themselves what is right for them.
I think I did not speak clearly about the just showing up MTs

If a company hires only ICs, then they cannot expect them to work except for the times they want. 

Typing less than 100 lines a day is not pocketchange because of the pay. 

so, did he speak at the convention?
If you continue to speak to me
like that I will ban you from my site.  Now, I'm trying to relate to you guys by being honest. You should appreciate that.
Speak for yourself. I want and need to know my mistakes.
I'm sure there are those who get offended but not all are that way.

I speak from experience
I had a dog who had to have surgery and I asked for the "Buster" collar. They said they had a different "new and improved kind" and put it on him. Well, he got out of it numerous times with three trips back to the vet's office with ripped-out sutures and even after leaving him there all night (when they came in the next morning, he was out of the collar and had the sutures ripped out), I FINALLY got the Buster collar I asked for as they finally believed me. Don't take the collar off-- you will be sorry.
speak for your own family!
My family loves our pets.  I have three children and four dogs and two cats and two birds.  Our family loves each of our pets like they are a member of this family because they are!!!!!  My husband and I treat them like they are also our children.  They are very well behaved and SOOOO much fun. 
Might I add that I speak from the heart,
literally, as I'm right there with ya at the bottom of the totem pole, so you are not alone.
I would call and ask to speak with the
manager and report it anonymously, if you can block your number somehow, absolutely! I know if I was her manager, I would definitely want to know, especially since you mention this is a larger national service. Perhaps that's WHY they're posting for jobs *all the time*? How scary.
I can't speak for any other company, but
for my particular situation, its a trickle down effect. QA is only as good as the layer above us. Nothing we can do about it anymore than the MTs can.  Basically, I guess I'm saying we're on an even rung on the food chain - and all answer to those above!
This is what I will suggest so we can all speak up.

On one day, say May 1, every MT that reads this sends a letter to the Editor of their local newspaper calling attention to the fact that protected medical information may be going overseas, complete with SSNs.  If people don't start becoming involved in protecting their own information, then they don't know or maybe even don't care, but I think many will start to ask questions.  But I could be wrong. 

Obviously I can't speak for ALL ER docs
and perhaps your son's exam was as dictated, but I know from personal experience that they often "fill in" stuff on the reports. 
Can't speak to QA, but SR editing...SM
My incipient carpal problems that required splints and even days off now and then totally went away and stayed away with mostly editing and light transcription. BTW, if efficient with SR editing, should top $20/hour easily and nicely (but can't advise reading out loud, which would slow down production tremendously if I were doing it--different strokes).
can't speak for the rest of them
I know one MTSO who was going to put on an ad and has backed off with what has been going on with the ownership of the board. I think it's just like the number of postings being down - people are on here but are hesitating because they're not sure if everything is okay. I think if you give it a little more time you'll see more and more ads come back on as people relax about the board again.
Don't speak for all, but it would be hard
to work in a place with people "coming and going" if you are listening to dictation. I wouldn't be doing work in an airport, STarbucks, or whatever.
Sometimes, when they let an Indian speak
on TV, you might have noticed that Indians pronounce 'that' as 'dat'.

I know NOTHING about Ebonics, have never heard it.

Is saying 'I aks' instead of 'I ask' also Ebonics?
If only they would dictate/speak - sm

as clearly as they did when going for their interview for medical school or hospital position.  If they spoke then they way they dictate now - they'd never have gotten into school or gotten their MD jobs -- so WE KNOW that THEY KNOW how to speak intelligibly when they want to; they just don't think we're worth the effort.

I appreciate and respect the ESL who puts forth an honest effort to be understood, over someone (usually English as FIRST language) slurring at 78 rpm, going through the HPI/PMH with ..ah, ... um ... (2 words) ... er ... (1 word) ....uh, ...(2 minutes pause) ... uh...uh... and then speed-racing through meds, labs, and whenever reading diagnostic reports verbatim .. so everyone knows that they know how to say those long words and which they wouldn't be able to come up with on their own.  My pet peeve??  We're BORN knowing how to spell any doc's name, just because THEY know how: i.e, ."CC to Dr. Kryswkowskizhausen and then spells J-O-N-E-S.

Speak for yourself. I have fabulous conditions
with my present employer and have had the entire 3 years I've been there.

Conditions are NOT deplorable for all MTs -- only when you accept those conditions are they present.

While we don't need to assume responsibility for turnover costs, it's no wonder companies don't want to give some the time of day. They want MTs who have a proven track record of dedicated length of service, production, and quality and who are interested in doing that again.

It DOES cost to hire -- and that does NOT mean necessarily the actual training of an experienced MT but includes HR personnal to interview/process you, the time others have to cover while you learn your accounts, etc.

If you're a responsible person at all, you'd have a better attitude than the one you just posted.
Well...I have the experience you speak of and I just asked if there
were any positions as an Editor open and I am now an editor. But for the most part, I agree with the other poster...LOL.
When I speak of being in the psych ward
I only say that because this decision I need to make about what to do has been driving me crazy. All the "I should do this, and I should do thats" The What if this and What if that...My head is in a tailspin.
At least most of them speak English as a first language, eh.
Except the Francophones/Quebecois. Plus, they're not undercutting us on wages.

Pas DE probleme!
If you don't speak on a daily basis . . .
We speak several times daily.
Even right now while he's overseas on a business trip, we make time for a couple daily phone calls.
(continued) - you need to speak to a professional
to make sure it's done properly and there are no surprises later!

Good luck!
to dictate if you cannot speak English.
Sorry to gripe about this, as I know it comes with this industry, but I just transcribed (ha) a doctor, who sounded like this......

ditdada..ditditdadada..ummm, aaahh, shimaprazole, shinequapam, ditdootoday, patient no feel no good...ditditdazow. I quit.
I speak from first hand knowledge...
and I never said she didn't love the boy, but rather not in the traditional sense. You know the kind where you actually take care of your kids. I won't blast all that on the internet. I'm just saying though that I only speak from what was actually done, not by assuming something heard through the media.
I am updating my resume as we speak.
Decided not to wait any longer. I can't afford to sit here either. Today is horribly slow. Thanks to those who responded.
EXACTLY! Or because you speak the truth & the supes (nm)
In my RA appts. They type as I speak.

They ask the questions to fit their little template there on the computer and then they type away.  This is how it's been done since I have been going there for two years now.  They (nurse, PA, rheumatologist, etc.) type really fast.  So.....

Most of them can't speak correct English,
much less type it.