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TransTech does this group, too. Awful foreign residents! nm

Posted By: wanderer on 2005-10-20
In Reply to: Kaleida Health in NY? - Wondering


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Hey rimrods!!! He fully disclosed he was foreign, it was foreign
trying to catch him telling lies when he already told you he was. Really smart people around here. Call names, insult, tell everyone to leave and go to another site and then wonder why your posts are being deleted. At least he's not feeding everyone a load of CRAP about offshoring. He simply told the truth.
I think we should form a group alright, but no support group!!
How about a group of MTs forming their own transcription company?! We don't need some yahoo with an MBA who only cares about the bottom line and doesn't realize there would be NO bottom line if not for the MTs. We do this work on a daily basis, we know what to do and how to do it and most of us have dealt with doctors one on one. I am so disgusted with these companies and from reading this board, so are alot of others.
I think we could all stand to learn from the Amish and how they are handling this awful, awful sm

tragedy. I read on a website 2 seperate stories of how the Amish are dealing with this. Yes, they are sad, but they believe that they will (and I do too) see their children again and that they are in a much better place. They have reached out to the gunman's family, visiting the killer's wife and children and offering them forgiveness. I also read that they want to "help" the gunman's family monetarily through a Mennonite fund if they need help! The article contrasted the Amish to other school tragedies where lawsuits were filed and death threats were made against the family members of the ones who committed the murders!

They are such graceful, loving people. Different, yet. Weird? In a way. But you have to admit that without electricity or vehicles to get them around, they obviously live a faith that most of us could only wish we had inside of us. I am a Christian. If a madman entered my children's school and killed them, could I offer forgiveness to their family? I doubt it. Could I weep in peace and silence knowing that I would someday see my children again? Maybe. But I would be a wretched mess and everyone around me would KNOW my suffering.


I am learning a great deal about the Amish through this. I used to live near PA where seeing the Amish was a regular occurrence. I thought they were so crazy and weird.....But, it was my own ignorance that made those judgments. They are wonderful, Godly people. I admire them more and more as I continue to read how they are dealing with this awful event!

Regarding new residents...sm
This post peaked my interested, how would you obtain a new residents list? I am a five year MT working at home. Thank you for any information. Dobin
Just have to scream for a minute...Arrrrrrrrrrg...Ok a little better.  Have been working on a simple H&H being dictated by an American resident, 2 year, that is almost at 800+ simply because she cannot dictate, does not know how to pronounce meds, has trouble with medical terms, ad nauseum......I've worked in med schools and around residents nearly all my working life, but this crop we have now are at least to me the dumbest I've ever run across.  We have a good split of ELS and Americans.  Don't know which is worse.  Oh well, more fun to come when a new group comes in around the first of July.  Can't wait.  Just had to get that off my chest.  Would love to hear others comments.
Need help from Cleveland residents
I'm planning an overnight trip to the Cleveland Zoo with my 6-year-old daughter.  We'll go to the zoo on Tuesday because I'm told Monday is way too crowded, but what can we do Monday and where should we stay?  Someone from the zoo suggested the Lake Erie Science Center, the Natural history museum, the Science Center (different from the Lake Erie Science Center???), or the Botanical Gardens.  A fun hotel would be nice too.  Thanks a bunch.
Change of residents
They always change in July, so you get a "new batch".  They start off being long-winded because they want to look like they are doing a good job and covering everything.  However, as the year progresses, they get tired of doing it, so their reports get shorter and shorter.  I just wish they were English-speaking but unfortunately the majority of them are Indians, Arabs, etc., who "no habla Ingles".  I think our job title needs to be changed to "medical translator". 
Same thing goes for residents of
Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Carolinas, etc., who get hurricanes. They should get nothing because they chose to live where they are.
Everyone enjoying their new residents?
I LOVE mine - they are sooo polite and articulate. One even said "Transcriptionist I am so sorry to impose on you but I need to make a correction." Boy will that change once they get over being "new" and then they will join the rest of the foul mumblers and slurrers, but at the moment I'm LOVIN' it!
Have you ever noticed that residents/NP etc.
do not know the definition of the word "briefly."  Some of the longest reports I do start the first paragraph with "Briefly, the patient is ..........." and then they ramble on for 10 or so minutes. 
I do a lot of psych and I have residents that
go on and on.  Many different headings, nonrepetitive, very hard to make lines.  I have one ESL doc who does long dictations, but 90% of it is spent flipping pages, so very few lines for the dictation.  I use an Expander and based on 65 characters and I'd be hard pressed to do 1500 lines a day. 
Teaching hospitals & residents...
I work for a very large university hospital account and hate how long-winded some of these residents can be! Argh! Especially 1st year - just a plain chest xray turns into a thesis! And the attendings aren't much better - they love to "teach" on my time! What is your preference - teaching hospitals (which admittedly are great teaching grounds for MT's) or regular, plain old boring regular hospitals? These residents make me want to........
RE: Teaching hospitals & residents...
Teaching hospitals.
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 .
On my account the residents and students are better than

Line Rates for Michigan residents
For all of you who live in Michigan what is the line rate you are paid?  I want to get an average of the industry here is Michigan.
Unproductive work types continually, for me, DS with ESLs and residents. nm

Oh, boo hoo!  Those foreigners learn our language so they can take our jobs and our money, you numbskull.  They aren't here to help us.  They take advantage of our laws which actually seem to favor foreigners over citizens, especially if the foreigners are "minorities."  (An interesting term since the only true minority in this world is white people.  About 85% of the world's population is non-white.)  

People like you who think you are so tolerant, are part of the problem.  In this country we would all be learning Chinese if the situations were reversed and China was the country with the open door policy and all the wealth. 

BTW, I lived and worked in Latin America and learned Spanish BEFORE I went there - I didn't expect the people of Colombia to pay to have everything I needed translated into my own language, which is precisely what these foreigners who come here to leech off us expect.


TransTech is in Texas:


Anyone with TransTech

How long does it take you to get your 1100 lines, on average.  Also, how strict are they with you about sticking 100% to your hours.



No work lately.
I have been with Transtech for a little over 1-1/2 years and it works great for me. 
Anyone know anything about this company. They sure do sound "good". Anyone who can give some insight please post, especially if you are currently with TransTech.
I have just been offered a position with this company. Could you tell me if the full-time employees really make 11,000 lines a PP? Also what kind of platform do they use. I have heard that the ExText one is not so good. I have not done MT for a year or so, so I've been out of the loop for awhile. I REALLY need an honest answer on this company as there are other companies that look good also. As you said, they looked very good. I talked to the recruiter and everything sounds SO wonderful, almost TOO good to be true. PLEASE HELP ME DECIDE. The 11,000 lines a day sounds ludicrous to me as I have NEVER made that many lines with any company/account I worked for.
Could you tell me a little about it. Do you really make 11,000 lines a PP. Is it an easy account to do given the recruiter says they have a lot of interns that come and go. I REALLY want to take the job offer, but I'm SO afraid I'll end up with a company that is really hard and demanding and is hard to get a good line account. ANYTHING you could tell me would be most appreciated as it would save me SO much work looking at other companies first before I give her my answer. I TRULY NEED YOUR HELP ASAP as she was SO nice, but now I'm seeing other companies that look good too. I need a company that will supply the PC and everything and most of them don't. That is one of the reasons I liked Transtech also.
Try TransTech
You cannot go wrong with them.
I did with TransTech.
They told me about 3 times via email that they would call me the next day.  I kept following up and finally I got a call the third time that was 3 days later than stated in the email.  The person was very friendly and apologetic, but I couldn't wait around 2 weeks to hear from them, so I ended up somewhere else.  I don't regret my choice either after having interviewed with them.  The pay was not good.  They did offer benefits, but since I don't need them, I'd rather have the $$$.
Yep, MQ and Transtech NM
is anyone currently working at transtech
I'm an MT....slavery is not foreign to me.
Whatever it takes.
foreign docs
And why do a lot of those same ones who speak such poor English also make no sense in putting together their sentences?  I have several that sound like they are clenching their teeth together and straining to get the words out which makes it even worse.  I know exactly what you mean.  Their oughta be a LAW! 
Those foreign guys

Yeah, we've all had our share of "those" guys.  I worked in Radiology for a Spanish guy for about two years.  He thought his English was perfect, so anytime there were blanks he went off of his latino-rocker.  So I finally get this guy "nailed" where I can transcribe his reports just as fast as the others, and then what happens..  ? I lose the stinkin' account to VR!  So he still sends me work on occasion and guess what .... he's crystal clear NOW, and why?  Voice Recognition doesn't DO gibberish ... it trained HIM!  HA!   (Course he has to speak slowly now, losing lots of "billable hours"  And of course, they had to hire an Editor to clean up the reports, punctuate, and correct his English.)     Go figure!  ');>

Seriously, though, if you can't stay with that ESL day-in and day-out for at least a month, you will never get him.  Why companies bombard MT's with different docs from day-to-day is just beyond me.  If QA were REALLY that important, they wouldn't do that.

You all are talking foreign to me
I have ShortHand and love it, but you left me way behind. A Shorthand course would be great.

isn't SPI a foreign company
Maybe you could work for them.  They bought out Cymed.
foreign dictators
Wow, you sound so full of hate!!!Do you even know how difficult it is to learn another language? Have you ever tried to speak another language?

I don't particularly care for ESL's but...
foreign dictators!!

From one blondie to another--I couldn't agree with you more!

Drives me crazy, not to mention my so-called "productivity!"

What does the site being down have to do with foreign MTs?

In my case, it was TransTech. I went with them
because they were the only company that I could not find a negative post about on this board. Live and learn.
TransTech computer

When they hired me they didn't have a computer to send me right away so I said that I wouldn't mind using my own since I have 2 personal computers.  Okay, so J phoned me to set me up and worked and worked with it and like you, couldn't get the program to work properly.  He even told me he would call me back and called Dictaphone himself and he DID call me back.  By that time I was just getting frustrated and *I* asked him to please just wait and send me a company computer when one was available, which if I remember correctly they either located one for me that day or the next.  But he was never in any way discourteous while trying to get my computer to work. In the 2 years I've worked for them I have had very few problems and when I have had a problem I would call the office and either get J or T immediately or one or the other always called me back within no more than 10 minutes and both have ALWAYS just been so very pleasant.  If you're really interested, I think it wouldn't hurt to have a conversation with Deb, she is a wonderful, wonderful person and believe me, she really CARES about her MTs. 

TransTech in Texas does them. nm
TransTech does. I think the ST will work with it. nm
Did you mean DSG and TransTech pay LOWER than 8.5??
TransTech uses Ex-Text
I'm sure it is Transtech. Just the bestest little co on the
Anyone who works at Transtech
have you been getting a lot of reports on a certain account that have been under a minute for the past couple of days, like echos, stress tests, etc. I have been getting these like nonstop for the past 2-3 days. I guess I shouldn't complain because it IS work, but I get so annoyed with these piddly little dictations that take more time to set up for than to actually type them. It's really killing my line count. Am I alone or are others experiencing this?
Not at TransTech, They are/were all MTs. Even the owner used to be an MT. One of the
things I really respect most about this company actually. All supervisors, managers, leads and even the owner used to be MTs. I think the only ones who weren't are the IT staff.
Bonus from OJT - foreign dictators. (sm)

I learned OJT in a small hospital with a PDR, Dorlands and a boss with an attitude from &*^%&*^.  There were only about 7 doctors on staff, 4 of which were foreign.  I started off learning to cope with a Thai accent in a physician who had had a speech defect, a Nigerian, a Swede and a Czech.  It was a painstaking way to learn, but I am greatful every day that accents have become a way of life for me.  I almost prefer them to some of those mealy-mouthed speed demons. 

I can remember cursing when they would say "Go back up and change this".  Just rip that paper out of the typewriter and start again. 

My children can't imagine a time before computers.  Will have to take them to a museum someday and show them what life used to be like.




It's not the foreign workers who are at fault sm

The fault lies with the big US corporations who are the greedy SOBs that have outsourced the jobs so they can save billions over what they would pay workers in the US. 

So, to be rude to and cuss out these working people is not going to get us anywhere.  What we should do is boycott the corporations who are sending the work overseas.  Maybe if they lose enough business they will get smart to themselves and bring the jobs back to the US workers. 

I don't do foreign-speaking docs....
Either they speak English and speak it clearly or they don't have me for their transcriptionist. I'll be danged if I'm going to spend 15 minutes trying to figure out their dictation because they "don't speekee English," or they dont' want to take the time to speak it clearly. Let an MT who doesn't value their time or money transcribe for them! Some may think that's heartless, but that's just the way it is. I'm in this business to make money, not coddle docs who can and refuse to speak straight.
First Job, given only foreign dictators, and never the same. Doing allright, however, should I look
This is my first job, and I am never given the same dictator.  Also, this is hospital work with basically any kind of reports.  Only doing about 200 lines a day for 6 cents.  Should I look for another job???