Becoming A Medical Transcriptionist: Page 2

Becoming A Medical Transcriptionist

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What a Medical Transcriptionist Needs To Know   

While not everybody has the "smarts" to be a medical transcriptionist, most high school graduates could take a course of study and build on that. Although certification is not required for one to have the best chance of being successful as a medical transcriptionist, one should first take a course in medical transcription and medical terminology. Joining a medical transcription association or visiting medical transcription sites can also be beneficial, as can visiting areas where medical transcriptionists exchange ideas about medical transcription and home-based business, such as Medword's MT Gab bulletin board.

If your goal is to be a home-based medical transcriptionist then ideally you should also be adept at fixing poor grammar and syntax "on the fly," as the ability of those who dictate medical and health related correspondence, reports, etc., can vary greatly. You should also know basic medical anatomy, in order to be able to follow what is being dictated. One should also constantly be reading and educating oneself in medical matters to keep up on new drugs - their trade names and generic names, their spelling and general application; medical terminology; medical procedures and protocols; etc. Knowing or learning Latin and Greek verbs and adjectives used in medicine, as well as combining forms, suffixes and prefixes will also help you more easily perform high quality medical transcription.

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