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you proofread all business letters you receive in the mail and have fits over the errors! LOL (nm)

Posted By: Sandi on 2005-10-12
In Reply to: You know you're an MT when.... - finish this sentence

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I may even be able to proofread and catch spelling errors (interruptions)!

You will receive an E-mail from the administrator tomorrow. nm
Cannot send/receive mail in Outlook Express

I am able to connect fine to my dial-up ISP. I have not been able to receive/send any E-mail from Outlook Express today at all. I can receive the mail from that account through my Yahoo web site and am able to go to what is callled Mailstorm, through my ISP, where junk mail is filtered and so everything works fine that way. Any ideas on what the problem could be?

I have contacted my ISP via E-mail but have not received a response yet so that makes me wonder if there is not an issue on their end.

Any suggestions would certainly be appreciated.

In this business in order to remain qualified to receive
those benefits, you must maintain the required line count/pay earned per pay period. Otherwise, you shall find you're working for nothing extra.

It also doesn't matter if your place of employ runs out of work, which in turn hinders you from qualifying for those benefits, you lose them regardless.

Ahh, the joys of the Medical Transcription field.

Best of luck with your new practice.
I thought only snail mail letters were noticed?
I've emailed the govenor's office to check out our food stamp application before..but I thought for a petition/protest type of thing it had to be a phone call or snail mail letter to be noticed?

Business cards, flyers, brochures, intro letters (sm)

network, network, network, persistence and lots of luck.

Read The Independent Medical Transcriptionist by Donna Avila-Weil .... worth it's weight in gold!

there ya go, that fits. NM
That fits perfectly

you go girl!!

Thanks much,


Virgo...and fits me to a "T".
My cat is 13 pounds and she just fits in the....

Sounds like a 27 pound cat might be too big for the litter boxes with the covered housing/top.  My cat just fits into this regular sized one.  Suggest you either get a bigger litter box system or have one built.  A 27 pound cat is a HUGE (loveable) cat who needs above-normal sized cat box.

Just my 3 cents  as a CAT LOVER!!!  *S*


If the shoe fits...
wear it. I think she's absolutely right. Doctors and hospitals figure if they're going to pay for crap, they might as well pay for cheap crap and send it overseas. It's amazing how lazy and sloppy some American MTs are. I have even seen some "team leaders" and "MT supervisors" type crap like 38 cms, and I've seen companies refer to HIPPA instead of HIPAA.

I personally know an MT who thinks she is one of the best MTs there is, and she has no clue when to use "their," "there," or "they're." She mixes up tetanus and tinnitus. It's disgraceful.
So the aka name fits perfectly!
it fits the bill for me! i'm frugal too :)
TransHealth fits this category. nm
Ok, there are only a few boards now, so if what you are posting fits into
one of the boards to the left, post it there, otherwise your post will be deleted. We're not going to lock posts anymore, we're just going to delete them. This should be no major undertaking. Have a word question, post it on the Word board...have a question about a Company, post it on the Company board, etc.
Request that they place a stop payment on the check, reissue, and mail priority or overnight mail
If they refuse or invent unbelievable excuses, you'll know you have a problem. If MY check was a week late, there are many months I would be in deep trouble.
I realize checks occasionally do get lost in the mail. If they are 100% sure it was mailed, then they shouldn't mind issuing another.

Be firm and be persistent.
My friend who works for them is having her mail go to her own account. She hates this new mail prog
In every company I have worked for that pays via mail, they mail the checks on payday. sm
Depending on the distance you can get them anywhere from 3-8 days later. Right now one takes 3 days, the other 3-5.
Two errors per page is a LOT of errors! nm
Thanks! It is nice to finally find something that fits! :) nm
Virgo, fits me like a glove. I used to work in - sm
used to work in court reporting & the overwhelming majority there were Virgo and Scorpio. I'll bet MT is the same way.

My sister and her husband, who are both graphic designers, are Libra, as is their little girl. When sister started a new job they asked her what sign she was, she said Libra, and so was almost EVERY person in the office!
Sagittarius (everything fits except the outdoorsy part)

Joyce CMT - e-mail karen - deleted your e-mail address nm
How long by mail did it take to get your IRS refund check after a mail out date was given when you c
That shoe fits a lot of 'em. MQ, MDI/Transcend, the old Edix.
Yes,,, and that is why you also proofread. nm
How do you proofread? sm

What is the fastest, most accurate way you proofread?  I have been playing back my reports from the beginning of it on fast chipmunk sounding speed.  I catch myself making exapander errors a lot. I

 absolutely have to proofread as I usually catch at least 2 per report before I send them.  Trying to proofread 'as I go' does not work for me as I still find mistakes when I am done.  What is the Fastest way of doing this?  Does  anyone have any advice?  Thank you muchos.

I proofread as I go

The only time I go back to listen again is if I have a blank, or sometimes with a difficult ESL I will go back and listen for a second time, but 99% of the time I proof as I go. 


I don't proofread - that is QA job. How do you think I could edit over 650 lines an hour? It's not by double-checking my own fine self.


It is probably better to proofread as you go
as that can be a careless way to proof.  Starting a new account can be overwhelming and cause you to make careless errors.  I would say proof new accounts, but once familiar, then proof as you type.  Put frequently made statements in auto correct or use an expander.  If the client requires QA, then it is QA's job to catch the errors of the entire document, not just blanks, otherwise, they are getting paid to simply say your work has been QA'd.  I think QA is a waste of time myself other than for a second-listen at blanks, and in my case, I have enough experience to have even corrected QA on many of occasions with a reply from QA stating, so sorry my mistake.  No one is perfect, but you should not send blatent errors to QA and expect them to correct them.  In most cases, they will not.  QA is simply a way for a company to pay you less as a typist and you think you are getting something for it in the way of them providing you a second look/listen, which is not true. 
why I proofread
sometimes my expansions get away from me. I just typed that patient -- had abdominal discomfort for the last menstrual period. Made sense until I remembered it was a male patient!
They should still be able to proofread and/or
My mail carrier just informed me that the mail is sorted by
prisoners as part of their work.  Now do you feel safer and more secure?  
Block her E-mail, return mail unopened

On AOL I can determine who I want to receive mail from and block those I do not  -- and if they are blocked  they get their E-mail back as being "undeliverable".  If she sends things out -- send back --unaccepted.  But to be simple just E-mail her back or call the recuriter if you don't want to deal with her directly and state -- leave me alone.  If she is in another state you should not be scared of her but you may simply have to put it out there in no uncertain terms.

Here's a term for you to proofread:
Look that one up!

Maybe I should clarify, that I would definitely proofread everything if... SM

it was a new account or I had just started a new job.  I'll be honest though, I have started jobs with services where while I'm in training, I take my time, proofread everything because I know that I'm being scrutinized.  When released from training, I stopped re-reading everything.

I also have never been afraid to argue with QA if I didn't agree.  That didn't make me popular for sure and probably my work was scrutinized even closer because they wanted to catch me in a mistake, but they also knew that if they counted me off for something, they had better be 100% right.

I'm not arrogant, just good at what I do and confident.  I take pride in my work and I've been doing this for a long time.  I just think some QA people need to consider each MT and mistake individually.  If you've got an experienced MT who is good and productive and she makes a few minor mistakes from time to time, let it go.  Maybe mention it to her in a friendly email, but don't fail her on QA for a period or hyphen or a typo.

That's all I'm saying.

Sorry, but we disagree. I proofread as I go. sm
The places I work for expect things to be ready to go directly to the client.   I guess if that works for you and you feel good about yourself, more power to you, but not for me.  I don't consider proofing your work to be sitting and re-reading the entire report before you send it -- that's nonsense -- but to think you don't have to look at what you are doing and just let some QA "correction fairy" be your safety net is not professional.  I take pride in turning out a quality product and I still manage to provide the quantity too -- there are those of who do BOTH, you know.
"dictated but not proofread"... nm
It would be nice if they would have proofread it first...sm
Notify "American's".... this is not possessive, people, it is plural, Americans.
I don't proofread on this board. sm
Wouldn't do any good anyway folks would still complain. Sounds like you are one of them that just want to rip me apart for telling the truth. Plenty of other MTs that hold the same opinons I do about this profession.

If that's all you can pick at me apart is a typo in a paragraph that's a good thing!
For arthritis/cold weather, I use cheap, thin, one-size-fits-all
grocery-store gloves, and just cut the fingertips out. Warm & comfy. And cheap.
You are being too hard on yourself. Proofread after you transcribe to the best of your
ability. If errors are returned to you, then keep a notebook with the mistakes you are making. Refer to your notebook before you begin transcribing. Before you know it, the errors will be less. On the othe hand, if you keep making the same mistakes over and over again, even after keeping notes and reviewing, then you probably really do not like this type of work. Not everyone is cut out for it. It sounds like when you were in-house, you did not transcribe full-time but had varied work duties. I would try the notbook and see how what goes first.
Unfortunately it is legal..so yes it is business and they will continue with bad business practices
After 18 yrs, I proofread as I go.. Nobody should sit and reread every word when on production.
Can't assume samples are correct! Always proofread everything. nm
I find that by rewinding and relistening to the dictation as I proofread...sm
I will find a few little things I missed that I wouldn't catch just by proofing because it actually made sense but I might have missed something.
Actually it's years to ears. I can spell just fine, just don't take the time to proofread eve
post as I'm busy transcribing at the same time.  Sorry to say my priorities are such that you guys here don't rank perfect posts.  Now, if you guys want to pay per post....  
I hope you proofread your reports closer than you proofed this post
No offense, but it kinda makes me cringe. And, no, I'm not the OP. I just had to read your post a couple of times to comprehend it through all of the typos.

I've proofread legal documents; not difficult, but extremely dull.
In addition to MT QA, I worked for a large law firm proofreading about 15 hours per week. The pay was good. The work was incredibly dull. The terminology was new and different at first, of course, but there are resources on the web for legal terminology just as there are for medical terminology.
I made my business your business by posting and...
I totally respect everyone's opinions. It is easier for others on the outside looking in. That's why I pushed the "post reply" button yesterday. I trust my fellow MTs and I know the more I read from you all, the more confident I am becoming. I just need that final push, not from him though. I also wanted to let you all know that the physical abuse while I was pregnant was documented by my doctor and the hospital. I only wish I had known then that it is a felony to abuse a pregnant woman. I also photographed my face from a couple of weeks ago and told several people in my circle. I had such high hopes for us. Now...not so much. I'm not saying that I won't try to get him to church, but I realize that God can only do so much for someone who isn't listening. j