Medical Transcription Training
...how to choose medical transcriptionist training
The best medical transcription training MUST have:
AHDI ApprovalThe Association of Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) is a medical transcription association that reviews and approves certain medical transcription training courses that meet their high standards. Going through an AHDI approved school will give you confidence that the education you will be receiving is top of the line and that the school is reputable. Having an AHDI approved school on your resume will also let employers know that you have received quality training. They can trust that you will be able to perform all of the duties of a medical transcriptionist from day one.
RHDS PrepThe Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist (RHDS) certification is a voluntary credential that medical transcriptionists can earn from the medical transcription association AHDI. Although this certification is voluntary, having this extra credential on a resume can help new graduates stand out when competing for jobs. The medical transcription training you take needs to include all the information necessary to prepare you for the RHDS exam.
Actual doctor dictationDoctors can be extremely difficult to understand; especially with different accents and pronunciations. Choose a medical transcription training course that uses real doctor dictation to learn how to adapt to different accents, speed of speech, and background noises. The best way to learn a new skill is to practice, practice, practice. AHDI recommends 30 dictated hours of actual physician dictation for real world experience.
Medical TerminologyAs a medical transcriptionist, you have to know how to spell medical terms. Medical terminology is an absolute must have when it comes to training. You have to be able to spell all those complicated medical terms correctly and be able to recognize them when you hear them.
The best medical transcription training should also offer:
Medical Transcription EditingThe job of the medical transcriptionist has been evolving over the past few years to medical transcription editing. With this change, medical transcription training should also include training on editing transcribed medical reports.
Enhance Productivity and Increase Typing SpeedMany medical transcriptionists are compensated on a production basis. Payment by line word of transcribed text is a common form of production based compensation. If you can increase your typing speed, you will be able to transcribe more lines of text quicker and essentially make more money.
Graduate SupportThis could include help with putting together your resume, interview advice, support while on the job (deciphering dictation), and possibly even job boards. Remember, what each school has to offer is different- not all of them will be the same.
Cover all Major Medical SpecialtiesSince you will not know what types of reports you will be transcribing once employed, you will want to be sure that your medical transcription training covers all medical specialties. This will allow you to have training and experience in all medical specialties and you will be qualified for many different medical transcription positions.
AnatomyIt is not necessary to know processes of the human body or know what each organ does. However, the more familiarity you have with the parts of the body and the medical terms involved with diseases, the better you can decipher dictation.
Support ResourcesMost online medical transcription training programs are self-paced which allows you to train when you have time. Because you are not in the traditional classroom setting, doesn't mean that you shouldn't have the same resources. Student support is essential when going through any training program. Excellent student support to answer your questions can really make a difference in your training experience. A quality medical transcription training program may also have chats and student forums for additional support.
Competency Based.Competency based training is training that builds and enhances individual competencies. Exercises and assessments ensure that students master each concept before moving on. This means that the training course will teach you all the skills and competencies to succeed as a medical transcriptionist.
Industry TiesA good medical transcription school should have partnerships with employers in the industry and those employers should want to hire their grads. Some schools may even have agreements with employers where when an opening comes up, they contact the school for potential applicants rather than posting the job for all to apply.
- Medical terminology
- Anatomy and pathophysiology
- Grammar and punctuation
- Medical record types and formats
- Healthcare documentation