wikiHow to Be a Medical Transcriptionist

A medical transcription career offers many benefits, including the opportunity to work independently and in the comfort of your own home. Additionally, this profession also provides a lot of flexibility. If becoming a medical transcriptionist is your goal, then understand that it is not an easy job and that there are many factors you need to take into consideration. These factors are directly related to the steps that should be taken as you learn how to be a medical transcriptionist.


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    Understand what is expected of you as a medical transcriptionist, and decide whether it is something that you are interested in. A medical transcriptionist transcribes information for a physician. To perform these duties, medical transcriptionists have to have the tools as well as the knowledge to be successful.
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    Complete a formal medical transcriptionist training program accredited by the Approval Committee for Certificate Programs (ACCP) if you want to be better prepared and skilled at this profession. Although this is not a requirement, it will improve your chances at getting clients, as well as your credibility. A training program usually includes learning the medical terminology that is involved in this work, as well as knowledge of anatomy, legal jargon, and the rules of English language.
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    Get certified if you want to become a successful medical transcriptionist. Again this is not a requirement, but rather it enhances your ability at getting work since doctors are more inclined to select transcriptionists who know what they are doing. The Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity awards two certification options. They are the RMT -Registered Medical Transcriptionist and the CMT -Certified Medical Transcriptionist.
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    Set yourself up if you are planning on working from home transcribing medical notes. You will need to set up a home office with a computer, a transcribing machine, and a headset with foot pedal. Your job will also include sending your transcribed documents electronically, so make sure your system is efficient and up-to-date and that you have a high speed internet.
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    Update your resume to include your medical transcriptionist training and certification. If you have former work experience that is not medical transcription related, you can still manipulate the job responsibilities to include qualities that are expected of a medical transcriptionist. For example, mention that you complete tasks on time and efficiently, that you are organized, and that you work well independently. Don't fabricate your previous experience; just highlight those that would work well with your new profession.
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    Apply for positions as a medical transcriptionist once you have completed your training and certification and your home office is ready to go. You can either look for work on a reputable job searching website or you can contact physicians' offices independently.
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    Enhance your skills as a medical transcriptionist as you wait for the clients to come in. This includes brushing up on your medical terminology and English language, grammar, and punctuation rules.

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