The most important thing to get the most from any training program – whatever your chosen professional specialization might be – is to make the wise and well-balanced choice of the school to enroll to. The educational establishment should answer perfectly your talents, inclinations, career objectives, financial and time resources and so on, lots of things have to be considered in order to make a perfect selection of the training program, school or college to apply for admission to. Yes, that is true; the choice should be perfect or as close to perfection as it is possible. What happens if you were not serious and careful enough when making your choice? As the result of such carelessness you will simply flush your personal time and hard-earned money down the drain, and that would be an obvious case of truly stupid and tragically waste!
In the first place you should make up your mind regarding the specialization field you would like to specialize in. For instance, health care and medicine industry offer very attractive possibilities for career growth and success. Of course, there are hundreds of different medical specializations, and you should do some specific research on the Net so you can chose one you feel like specializing in.
Medical transcription specialization might quite well be the one you would like to go along with. It could be quite a good choice provided your educational background, personality type, and things you like and dislike to do answer the requirements of a successful professional specialization in medical transcription. The key to success is to find the specialization that will combine two essential things – a chance to do something you like to do and a chance to make pretty decent living by doing what you like to do anyway. The successful life-time career should not only be rewarding from the point of view of financial incentives but should open possibilities for self-fulfillment.
The info about responsibilities of a medical transcription specialist you can easily find at corresponding sites. Any specialized site devoted to medical transcription training contains ample information about what keeps a medical transcriptionist busy every working day. There you are sure to find more than enough information about advantages and disadvantages of this particular specialization, the prospects for current employment, employment market forecasts and projections for the foreseeable future and the level of financial incentives you are likely to get depending on your hands -on experience and degree of academic excellence (starting level salaries and salaries of a well-seasoned professionals could differ quite significantly).
Now, let us assume you have done your homework thoroughly and have considered all possible pros and cons of a medical transcriptionist’s career. So, the decision as far as the specialization is concerned, has been done. But it is just the first step. The second important step that waits for you is to make a choice of the training course and the school that would be perfect – well, close to being perfect – for your career aims and objectives. No doubt, such decision can turn to be the most important one. The reasons for this are obvious – you are going to invest your time, energy and financial resources into your future successful and rewarding career, so you should take care to make the end result as perfect as you can!
In order to have the best employment possibilities you should aim for an associate’s degree, and that would take two years of training. Also it will not hurt if you manage to get about 250 hours of internship in an actual healthcare facility, such initial hands-on experience should increase your chances to get a more promising position even at the entry-level of the chosen specialization when it comes to actual employment search.
Medical transcript training programs are widely available with different types of colleges, for instance community colleges. But nowadays more and more people, both a young newbie and a busy working professional, make good use of distance learning online programs. The advantages of online distance education are great: flexibility of scheduling, possibility to study from any place you find convenient (provided you have online access there – but in our days it is not a problem at all practically anywhere over the nation). The modern online technologies provide for round-the clock access to your virtual campus account, to teaching material and support on the part of instructors. You will be able to communicate with other virtual students, exchanging ideas and finding answers to questions. The communication with your virtual class and instructor can be done via e-mails, instant messages, VoIP, streaming video and so on. The teaching materials in text and video formats are available for downloading after you have logged in into your student’s account.
Besides other significant advantages, online training saves you considerable money that you would otherwise spend on commuting and accommodation expenses, textbooks and teaching materials and so on. Online training is also the only feasible option to continue education for people already working as professionals!
Your education background can be a good asset when getting a degree in medial transcription – for instance, excellent grammar and familiarity with medical terminology will help you a lot, no doubt, as well as good listening skills and ability to concentrate on your studies. If you do not study online than it would be recommendable to purchase special training DVDs, they will help you to improve all the skills needed to be a success in medial transcription training, so you will be moving along quite smoothly.
In order to become a successful professional a medical transcriptionist should be well trained in the pertinent subject. Take care to study closely the list of subjects offered by the school in question. Any good-quality training course in medical transcription should contain the following subjects: English grammar and punctuation, anatomy, physiology, terminology, disease processes, pharmacology and laboratory medicine. As for the medical transcription specialization as it is the training course should include (as recommended by the pertinent expert authorities) transcription technology, medical transcription practice, healthcare records, privacy, ethics and so on.
Make sure the curriculum (teaching program) of the training course you are going to enroll into includes all the subjects mentioned above.
There are also two other important questions to take care about:
1. The qualifications of the teaching personal (instructors).
2. Availability of certification.
Any training program in general and a program in medical transcription in particular is worth its salt on one condition only – it provides effective and experienced instructors. A student should be taught by qualified professionals who are CMTs – which stands for Certified Medical Transcriptionists. These people should be excellent experts in their field, it goes without saying. On the other hand they should have talent to instruct and train a newbie to their trade, which is also a special talent to look for.
According to guidelines of ADHI – the final authority as far as transcription training is concerned – any formal training should contain minimum 30 hours of real dictated physician reports.
Availability of certification is also an issue of significant importance. Take care to check if the program in question really offers this option. Surely, what is meant by a certificate is not the designation of a Certified Medical Transcriptionist or a Registered Medical Transcriptionist. What we are talking here is just a certificate about the completion of the training program, but is it important that you get. And in connection with this the program you have competed should be of so called “accredited” type. The American Health Information Management Association should have approved the quality of the training – in all aspects and respects – offered by this particular program and given it its accreditation with AHIMA. Why is it of such importance? If you get a certificate of completion of an accredited program this document will be recognized by any future employers of yours, and we should not explain how important it is, should we?
Well, the last but not the least! Try to get references from students who actually finished the program. See how successful their professional careers are and how many of them got employed. Such information is widely available at pertinent forums in the Web if you take care to look for it, and it can provide you with some very useful tips. Also look for a medical transcription program that offers a job placement service and continued post-graduate assistance.
Well, that seems to be all of importance to say to you. The rest will be decided by your persistence, talent and devotion to your career objectives in medical transcription area. Good luck!