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why do you substitute mL for cc?
I'm always ready to learn, but just need to know where it comes from. Thanks, SB!
If a service wants you to use GearPlayer, though, you can't substitute with ExpressScribe. nm
Age of transcriptionists
61/female/married 40 years/ 11 grands
How many men transcriptionists
are out there?  Have been noticing a few men's names lately and was curious as to how many men transcriptionists there are.
M.D. transcriptionists
The doctors who are supposedly training for transcription have degrees in ayurvedic medicine and homeopathy. Neither has much to do with western medicine. And, can they type? Some of this sounds like bluster to me.
MS transcriptionists
Hi guys.  I put this on the state boards, but I don't think anybody reads those.  Are there any MTs from Clarksdale, MS or around that area?  Love to hear from you.
Low Pay for Transcriptionists
I am 57 and have been transcribing for 28 years.  I recently moved from California to South Carolina.  I was doing VERY well there working in a clinic, but since moving here I am living at the poverty level.  Even with my experience they started me at $ 10.00 an hour.  I've checked all hospitals in the area and none pay any better.  This is very disappointing.  I've applied all over the place, and nobody seems interested.  And working for 7 to 8 cents for a 65 character line is like giving your time away for nothing and 3 to 5 cents per line for editing.  At 57 I am in bad health, have spent my life transcribing, and don't know how to do anything else.  I plan to enroll in school in the fall to learn a different trade. 
Hey VTS transcriptionists! DQS still down
Now BizGroup, too.  Just keeps gettin better and better.  I know that MQ is huge, but we are teeny-weeny, and this is day two with no work...gettin really frustrated.
are you implying that transcriptionists
that work for MQ are less professional??
meant transcriptionists!
Retiring transcriptionists
I retired at age 62 after sixteen full time years and twenty part and full time years. I worked in a fast-paced institution doing all types of transcription. Believe me it took a toll on my hands and wrists. I now suffer burning tendinitis in my right wrist with deQuervain tendinitis in my thumb.
Veterinary Transcriptionists??

Does anyone transcribe for a vet?  How did you get in to this area of transcription?  It sounds like it would be interesting.  Maybe they just have their secretaries transcribe.  Thoughts on this.


Diskriter needs help all around - they need transcriptionists for
all shifts, and are finally getting desperate enough to hire PT
Any dental transcriptionists out there?

I transcribe all ops, and I have an oral/maxillofacial surgeon, but no samples on him.  Is there anyone doing this type of transcription who might be able to send me a few good samples of dental surgeries? 


Ophthalmology transcriptionists out there?

Any other MTs doing ophthalmology?  I'm working for docs who are on the east coast.  I get so FRUSTRATED because the reports are so short I feel like I'm starting and stopping all the time.  I've done 33 files today for a whopping 600-ish lines!  Great docs, easy to understand, mainly letters to the PCPs.  Most of my files are easily less than 3 minutes long and when I do get a long one, he can't make up his mind so I end up erasing and retyping, and STILL don't get a decent line count. 

Just looking for a sympathetic ear from another Ophth MT.  I feel like I'm in a different world than these other guys I read about on here! 

male transcriptionists
I worked with one where we were paid $25 an hour - he would come in on Saturday and Sunday and milk the clock for 12-16 hours when there was only about 1-2 hours of work. This went on for a couple of years. Then I had another male MT as a supervisor and he was very nice and has always helped me to find work when I needed it. Different strokes for different folks.
Are there any traveling transcriptionists out there and do you like it.nm
Transcriptionists are smart!
I had a doctor say to his "residents" that they should do transcription because I was answering all of the questions they could not, just because I've transcribed for so many years!  That was kind of a nice feeling, if I do say so myself!  So... maybe we could all be doctors some day! 
Transcriptionists that do not know punctuation
I just had a dictation in which the doctor specified (correctly) where the quotation marks were in relation to the period at the end of the sentence and stated that he was tired of having to correct reports where it was incorrectly placed. I was aghast! How could anybody transcribe and not know elementary punctuation?
remote transcriptionists
Go to mtjobs.com. There are plenty on there.
any Tampa transcriptionists here?

I would love to know - I have a question.


EMR will not reduce the need for transcriptionists
What we do at our office is we transcribe the reports and they are scanned into the EMR - the only difference is there is not an actual paper chart anymore.
any transcriptionists been disabled by
I am an avid gamer and a MT.  I'm only 30 and already my wrists get sore periodically.  I'm wondering if there is a point where I will be disabled due to transcribing and difficulties with their hands and what to do to prevent it.  TIA for replies
VLM -Tried in the 60's to get transcriptionists to join a
union to no avail. Nurses at that time also were non-union - they decided to unionize as their pay and benefits were also abysmal at that point in time. Compare that to their income & benefits now compared to ours. The reply I received for not joining a union then was that the transcriptionists did not want to jeopordize patient care in case of a strike. Well,I agreed we played an integral part in patient care, albeit felt it was secondary compared to the role of nurses regarding patient care - who decided to risk going on strike and made the choice to unionize!!

I totally dropped out of transcription for 10 yrs, only to return and find that AAMT was the answer to our problems. Need I say more ?

As far as the scenario of striking in this day and age with no income, I imagine if I'd add up all the slow days, days without work, holiday periods without work, I could also survive a strike. Only difference being knowing I'd return to work with better benefits including help with health care coverage and increased pay, rather than decreased pay. Shoot - maybe even being recognized as a "Profession" instead of a typist - cognizant of our intelligence & knowledge!!

I don't know to this day if unionizing would have helped us back in the years when it was feasible, but still feel we couldn't have been any worse off than where we are today!

Trying to organize a union now I'll leave in the hands of my internet savvy young ones. How this could be accomplished in this day and age is now beyond my level of expertise!

psychiatric transcriptionists

Please help! We are a group of psychiatric transcriptions working for a hospital who have been bought out by another hospital. We had no line count or QA. Now the new hospital has QA and wants us to type minimum 1500 lines a day. We type assessments, h/p, progress notes, consults, neuro and psychologicals. We have many foreign docs who ramble on. We also work on Dolby transcription and dictation system.  Their medical people are required 1000 lines per day and x-rays 2000 lines. We don't feel like any of us can reach this. Are they asking too much?


Radiology Transcriptionists needed
Hello Meg,
I am the GM of MDI and would love to hear from you. We have excellent benefits. Our radiology transcription coordinator is the best. Mary will help you with scheduling and start you out with an account. Yes, we do pay $29.99 for ULD. Call me at 800-205-7047.
North Alabama Transcriptionists
Are there any hospitals based in North Alabama who use at-home Radiology Transcriptionists?
Retired Devoted Transcriptionists
Good for that lady, it is possible to work that long and work well. She is in Heaven with the saints. I am retired but not "dead." I would love to transcribe part-time but when they see the dates in my work history, for some reason they treat me like I am already dead. I have so much to offer. I was self-employed for a long time and did very well in my business from tapes. If someone would give me a break and let me practice doing it over the "Net", I would do it for free until I got it down pat if I had to. I can't think of a better way to spend my retirement years than to keep on working part-time. Now in my retirement, I would love to work from home part-time over the Internet. I am HIPAA aware and abide by all the rules. I love transcription, have the speed and knowledge to do many accounts, even acute care, etc. However, when I apply, I cannot describe to you in adequate terms how I am treated when I show interest in a part-time job in my profession.  I have so very much experience, strength and love for my profession that it is like a fire in my belly. However, no one seems to want to accommodate someone who only wants to work part-time and they look at me as though I'm nuts to want to work at my age (60's). Their loss. Is there anyone else out there who feels the same way? Are we all just from the days of yore and useless?  I am a  a perfectionist at everything I do. I had to give up my self-employment for personal reasons and have been on a few interviews in which I was treated badly.  I sure do feel like I've been "dumped" by the very profession I threw my heart and soul into, maintaining my CMT, etc., until several years ago, only to be trash heaped. Sorry, just venting. I would just like to know if there are other people of retirement age in the same boat. I have a young mind, a great attitude, and a youthful outlook. I won't lie about my age and I won't lie about how I feel. Abandoned.
What a shortage of medical transcriptionists

Whoever says that needs to take a look at the job board and the posting that has over 1,000 views.

There are no transcriptionists looking for jobs either.

Any North Alabama Transcriptionists?
I posted on the state board, but I don't think many people go to that board.  I was just wondering if there any home-based transcriptionists near me.  Thank you for your time.
North Alabama Transcriptionists
I am in Limestone County.
Seems like a problem for a lot transcriptionists even the good ones
Maybe we could set up a challenge thread where we check in at the beginning of the day and then at the end of the day to see if we did what we said we would do.  We could post our line count holding ourselves accountable.  Make a little game out of it because you would be more motivated to post a good line count than to surf the web.  I understand completely and I am disappointed and annoyed with myself when I do less than I know I am capable of doing.
Seems there are plenty of flaky transcriptionists...sm
out there. I have been working for the same MTSO as an IC for approximately 12 years. During that time, I have found in talking with the owner that there are plenty of transcriptionists out there who don't do the work when they are supposed to, call at the very last minute to say that they won't be able to do the work (which is okay sometimes, but some people do this weekly). They will start the job and last two weeks and then disappear off the face fo the earth. They make the same st*pid mistakes over and over and over and over. My company has a real appreciation for the few of us who actually do an excellent job for them and we are treated with great respect. We get the best accounts and when something happens where we need extended time off (like having a baby!), they will make sure someone can cover our accounts without making us feel guilty. Good luck with your company. I hope you find some good people to work for you! P.S. Apparently "st*pid" is a bad word on this board!
Compensation for Medical Transcriptionists

I just came across this on the AHDI site, what used to be AAMT, in an article with the above title: "It is a concern of AHDI that medical transcription professionals are often viewed by their employers and the clients they serve as keyboard specialists who have a familiarity with medical terminology which enables them to transcribe dictated reports for an originator's signature.  In contrast, it is the view of AHDI that keyboarding and transcription should not be confused. Medical transcription involves translation from oral to written in order to generate a record of a patient's healthcare documentation. AHDI views medical transcription as a medical language specialty which requires medical knowledge and understanding, sound judgment, deductive reasoning, and the ability to detect inconsistencies in medical dictation." You can read the rest here:


Are they actually going to fight for better wages, or is this just a ploy to get people to join?

Not just for MTs. Membership is open to all transcriptionists.
This includes general transcriptionists, legal transcriptionists, etc. I did sign up because it was free for now. I am curious to see where this goes.
medical transcriptionists in US Virgin Islands

We are looking for experienced Medical Transcriptionists in the US Virgin Islands.

Please visit our web site and contact me.  http://www.globalmedicaldata.com



Winscribe transcriptionists--wav player question
Does anybody know if you can play Winscribe audio files on a basic wav player?
really?? Worse than the offshore foreign transcriptionists?
That's odd.
Hospitals that require remote transcriptionists

Hi, I'm wondering if anyone can tell me how to find hospitals that hire remote transcriptionists. I've been googling all morning, and I'm not having any luck. If anyone could point me in the right direction, I'd really appreciate it!

Those transcriptionists should realize how little everybody else pays and consider them lucky to wor
You sound like a very rare (these days) MTSO. Those transcriptionists of yours should have a day in the real life as it is now, and then maybe they would appreciate you more. These big companies treat us like numbers, cheat us from our paychecks, and pay us wages lower than India. I have been in your position before, as I owned a service before my accounts went EMR, and I really wish you luck. My transcriptionists thought that just because they went through a "slight mentor program for a week" they knew everything. They were not even proofing their work but just using spellcheck and could not grasp the idea that 2 complete sentences joined with a conjunction required a comma. I paid them as much as I got paid, only they did not have to pay for all the equipment or other management responsibilities. Then, when one complained she did not have enough work, I got more for her, and she walked on the spot. Good luck.
You're funny. Ignorant, but funny.
I don't live in NYC and I don't work out of NYC and I make wayyyyy more than $23 an hour, SandyGIRL.

I'm an employee at the largest national and I make anywhere from $58K to $64K a year.

You don't have to believe anyone but you show your ignorance by telling those of us who make that money that we're full of it.

Sorry, that was not an ASR funny, just a regular ole dictation funny. LOL! nm
Annual salaries of full time transcriptionists
For the veteran's out there- What is your average annual salary (working from home). Also, the companies that offer full time transcriptionists benefits, are the benefits any good?
George Bush hates medical transcriptionists.
How are they paying their in-house transcriptionists? Hourly or by the line?


Americans should be so lucky as to be paid what some Canadian transcriptionists are.

Job security, union jobs, full benefits, 1 year of maternity leave, parental leave, vacation time, sick time, $18 or more an hour...

An interesting article for Rochester, NY transcriptionists who might want a change. sm


I saw an interesting article on line from the local Rochester newspaper about captionists.  They are people who assist with deaf students in helping them take notes in class.

This is a brief side box from the article:

About the job

Those training to be C-Print captionists must type at least 60 wpm. Beginning in June, they'll take 10 weeks of online training and upon completion begin work in the fall. They'll earn $15.74 an hour and work a 35-hour week for 10 months. For more information about training, contact: AccessServices@ntid.rit.edu



It just goes to show that there is really nothing that can compare to real live transcriptionists -
Do you know any IC transcriptionists or friends who work in doctors' offices?
That is how I got started. A good friend worked for herself and had no coverage for vacations. I covered a vacation, then a day or two a week, which eventually worked into full time. I also did prn work for local offices.
to the transcriptionists who felt that a criminal background check was a violation - sm
you will notice that some of the jobs posted on the job seeker's board require a CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK!!! What do you think of that?  Still think it's a violation of your privacy?
maybe Phillie got smart by getting rid of Diskriter and paying REAL transcriptionists what they are