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Transcriptionist or Correctionist?

Posted By: An MT, not a JANITOR on 2007-11-09
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So, are you a Transcriptionist or a "correctionist" (per Wikipedia--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medical_transcription)? 

I am a transcriptionist.  I am not an Editor (a title which should be used only for publications) and most definitely not a correctionist (ugh/shudder).  For those who absolutely love VR/ASR, I'm sorry, but I really don't consider you to be transcriptionists.  You are basically QA'ing the computer, i.e., a correctionist or a janitor. 

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I remember when word-processors replaced typewriters. Back then, people were concerned that they would no longer be called typists.

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It addresses ALL medical transcriptionists. Again, the new definitions for two classes of their transcriptionists have apparently been updated. That does NOT exclude SEs! LOLOLOL

Ya can't see the forrest for the trees can ya?! LOLOLOL

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RMT is Registered Medical Transcriptionist, ...

and CMT is certified.  The RMT is available to new MTs without the 2 years experience required to sit for the CMT.  Both are money makers for AAMT and don't do much, if anything, in the real world of MT.  Sure, there are a few companies that offer a fraction of a cent more per line for the CMT designation, but most MTSOs, as well as the majority of healthcare facilities (from large hospitals to smaller clinics and offices) have never even heard of the AAMT.

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And remember . . . The "American" in AAMT is gone.  That says a lot.


Transcriptionist takes hit not MTSO!

Any reputable MTSO would know when they've taken an account too large as long they have transcription experience (I mean actually typing, not managerial experience).  It is a shame that the Transcriptionist must take the "hit", in other words, get a bad name due to staff shortages.  An MTSO offers great things, but then can't deliver until they hire the right typist, hence so many adds on these sites for typists!  Bravo for taking matters into your own hands (no pun intended) on grabbing that account!  If you are accurate, professional and can truly get the job done, then go for it!  You would have to imagine that the MTSO stole the account from someone else to gain it unless it is a new practice!  Hence, this is what they call "the pot calling the kettle black".  It happens all of the time on a management level, and almost always the transcriptionist suffers!  Often, the MTSO comes on-site and tries to hire the transcriptionists already transcribing the account (I wonder why?????).  Doesn't take rocket science to figure that one out!  Isn't that then "stealing employees"!  It is all just a big circle, so ride it out!  It is so much fun... !!!!!!   

Well said luv2type! I am a great transcriptionist...
and could care less about line counts either. I produce quality work and I am not in this to make $$$, but to do what I love! I work my hours and then I am done. Life is too short to worry about speed, line counts, or $$$. There are some companies that do want quality over quantity no matter how much you can produce. JMHO.
Remote hospital transcriptionist
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Remote hospital transcriptionist
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student doctor, not transcriptionist

Oh well, lost in translation I guess.

RMT=Registered Medical Transcriptionist
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That depends on why you are wanting to be a transcriptionist. sm
If you are looking for a lucrative field and an easy lifestyle, don't do it. Transcription is the hardest job I have ever had, and I've had several. I could teach if I wanted to. I choose this.

You can make a living as an MT. A good MT can still make $20-30 K a year without killing herself, but she has to work, and it takes several years training after school to reach this. I don't think that will change in the near future. Unless the US completely changes its medical policies and facility standards, I don't think transcription will be eliminated, at least for many years. You have much more freedom in your life as far as scheduling, etc. If you have children, that's worth a lot. If you would rather not be around people all the time, that's a plus.

However, if you need benefits, raises, PTO, and job security, you might want to look into another field, such as PT, radiology tech, etc. JMO
Nope, it's test the transcriptionist day!
I've had an unbelievable amount of hydronephrosis in the brain, metatarsals in the hands, and left when it should be right (I type radiology).