Medical Transcription Jobs

How will I find work once I graduate?

This is why it’s very important when looking for a certificate training program to make sure it has resources that help you find work after graduation. These schools have employment and referral directories that will help you find work.

I have graduated and can’t find a job as a medical transcriptionist. What can I do? Where do I look?

It can be frustrating when looking for work as a new medical transcriptionist as companies require experience. However, there still are some companies that will hire you. When you first start looking for medical transcription work you should start your search by asking other MTs from your online training program and online MT communities, forums, etc. When looking at resources online make sure and post to the jobs that are looking for at least 2 years, because it never hurts to send and see if they will still take you. The key is to not get discouraged. You can post you academic and work information on websites. Get your information out there. The key is to apply, apply, and apply. You will see that you will get something soon.

Can I gain experience by doing general transcription work? 

Definitely, one thing I did that helped me obtain experience as a medical transcriptionist was to do general transcription work. I looked for companies that did general, but also medical dictations. I got to earn money and gained experience dictating and doing medical transcription at the same time.

If medical transcription is not quite what I am looking for, what is alternative route I can choose?

If you are interested in the healthcare field and find that medical transcription is not for you.  You can always choose a career in medial coding and/or billing. As a medical coder and/or biller you will review medical records and applying codes to the reports. These codes are used to bill insurance companies, patient’s, Medicare, Medicaid, etc. This is another high-paying healthcare career that is in demand right now.

Enhance your job security by learning voice recognition?

Most medical transcription certificate programs are now teaching speech/voice recognition in their medical and editor transcription training course. Voice recognition or speech recognition converts your speech into text. Using a software, you can literally speak into your computer via a headset and it will write out what you are saying word from word. Educating yourself about speech recognition can protect your future as a medical transcriptionist. Nowadays, employers look for medical transcriptionists that also have the skills to edit computer-generated reports into the final medical records. Having both of these skills prepares you for the future of the healthcare industry. Common mistakes that are found using speech recognition is misspelling of words that sound alike. Since speech recognition is not human it can’t determine phrases that don’t make sense. In other words, humans will always be needed to edit and format voice recognition software computer-generated documents.

How will speech recognition technology affect the future of the medical transcription industry?

As far as voice or speech recognition is concerned, it will never be able to replace a human being. It makes too many mistakes and it will cost double to then have a medical transcriptions go back to review and edit the reports. Since medical transcription has to be 100% accurate, there is no room for the slightest of errors.  Also, many doctors don’t have the time to dictate, proofread, and edit the work to make sure it is 100% accurate.  It is too time consuming enough to see patients and just dictate them to be dictated into reports.  Speech recognition works well with e-mails and basic word documents, but it is too complex for medical transcription. Speech recognition may work with really small companies as doctors do their own dictating in-house and see very little patients, which gives them the time to carefully edit and use the voice recognition system. In short, your future as a medical transcriptionist is safe.

Examples of voice recognition errors:

Voice recognition: No fullness or achymosis in the plantar vault  
Correct: No fullness or ecchymosis in the plantar vault
Voice recognition: We have offered him cervical epidural sterile injections
Correct: We have offered him cervical epidural steroid injections
Voice recognition:DTR’s for heart or list in the upper extremities
Correct: DTR’s were hard to elicit in the upper extremities
Voice recognition: The patient has the mature arthritis in her knees
Correct: The patient has rheumatoid arthritis in her knees