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When I trained, back years and years ago

Posted By: Hmmm on 2007-12-31
In Reply to: Everyone - Cee Cee

We did not have spell checking nor the internet (Google for instantaneous help). OMG, how did we do it? We used Correcting Selectrics with the lift-off tape to correct errors- you only had dictionaries, both English and medical, to look up things so yes we did have to learn to spell all those big longgggggggggg words.

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I was trained for 4 years at a

vocational technical high school and learned transcription for 4 years straight, 4 hours a day at least.  I then went on to transcribe when I graduated for a lawyer, and then into the medical field I went.  That was 25 years ago.  We learned shorthand, accounting, typing, biology, among many, many other things. 

Please don't assume that I went to what you call one of these transcription schools because I did not.  I don't have to explain to you that I had 17 years of on-site training with physicians.  I learned straight from the dictator, so don't go there.  AHDI has brainwashed these new people entering this field with their silliness and money grubbing paws.

Okay, so I'm simply stating that to question someone's education for a job that they may make 20 grand a year of their lucky is just downright ignorant and nasty.  I make way more than that but only because I've been at it a while and have my own accounts and I'm not bragging at all; I'm just saying.

Whether you want to believe it or not, the ER reports were done through medical records as well as the basic four.  I know because I worked there in many different departments and did the transcription.  We had a separate entity for radiology and for the cardiology department.  Everyone's situation is different and not all worked at the one hospital you did for one lousy year where ever that may be in the US. 

We all have our stories, but my main concern is the post regarding questioning this poster's education.  Get over yourself!   

Trained inhouse 25 years ago. LOL :)
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Back 25 years ago, the FDA.....sm

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There is better treatment all over the world - so please do not delude yourselves into thinking that the medical care in the USA is THE BEST because it certainly is not....it's merely BIG BUSINESS in the USA as usual.

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The service was great, and sitefever.com's FTP servers were very fast. The only thing was that when I got more than one client or if I had a large client I wanted to use FTP for, their free service didn't cut it. But, they have a 300mb plan which is like 45 or 50 dollars for an entire year, and it gave me access for up to 10 different clients and plenty of space for them all.

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This happened to me a few years back (sm)
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Bless your heart. Back several years ago
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Well, I'm very impressed. Congratulations. I couldn't do that today (two FT transcription positions) if I tried!
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I don't mind doing legal and will do it now from time to time, but be prepared to be totally bored out of your mind.

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Only 3 years away from reaching total years for retirement
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Grammar Question: 9 years' ago or 9 years ago? *sm*
I have a terrible time trying to remember this rule! HELP!
Worked inhouse for years and years
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they've been doing this for years and years (nm)


People have been saying that for years and years - SM

however, I am working fewer hours and making more money. I think maybe the answer here is working as an IC for a one-owner company. MTSO was an MT for many years and she knows the secret to making lots of $ is putting your MTs doing what they do best and leaving them alone.

I don't think it is the "national" part of services that hurts. I think the low wages can be gauged by the number of suits in the company. More suits = less $.

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I have been doing Radiology only the last two years after several years (sm)
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