Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-07-2006, 08:02 PM   #1
 
Posts: n/a
OT: Any Medical Transcriptionists out there???
I've been tossing the idea around for a while now and my hubby thought I should ask on here if anyone does it for a living.

I get migraines on a weekly basis and its gotten progressivly worse and I thought it'd be easier to do something from home instead of having to worry about calling in sick 3 times a week.

So, here's what I'm curious about: What's the pay like? (I don't need exact numbers, just a ballpark) You know $10,000, $15,000 a year. Am I low-balling it? How do you even get started in it? I know you have to be certified or something but where do you get certified? How long is the schooling? Where do you go to even find a job? I never see any ads in the newspaper for MT's, strange, but true.

And most of all, do you like it?

I guess that's it for now, TIA for anything anyone posts. Its time to get my feet wet again.
  Reply With Quote

 

This advertising will not be shown to registered members. Join our free online community today!

Old 06-07-2006, 08:14 PM   #2
DianaM
Turning the Heel
 
DianaM's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Okinawa, Japan
Posts: 568
Thanks: 22
Thanked 72 Times in 53 Posts
Send a message via AIM to DianaM Send a message via MSN to DianaM
:thinking: I'm not an MT, but I'm a CNA here in the US.

Do you have any previous experience in the health professions?
If not, I'd advice you start with a medical terminology class. Because there's many abreviations, acronyms and other odd phrases that you'll need to know well.

Aside from that, on how to find info for learning the trade itself, you could drop by a healthcare clinic (maybe even your own family healthcare facility) and ask the staff about it.

Good Luck
__________________
DIANA
DianaQ on / Ze blog
DianaM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2006, 08:26 PM   #3
 
Posts: n/a
Aside from going to the doctor all the time for my medical problems, nope, no experience in the medical field, but I have to start somewhere, right???
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2006, 08:28 PM   #4
DianaM
Turning the Heel
 
DianaM's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Okinawa, Japan
Posts: 568
Thanks: 22
Thanked 72 Times in 53 Posts
Send a message via AIM to DianaM Send a message via MSN to DianaM
There ya go
__________________
DIANA
DianaQ on / Ze blog
DianaM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2006, 09:03 PM   #5
Jan in CA
Moderator
Mod Squad
 
Jan in CA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Southern CA
Posts: 37,135
Thanks: 1,655
Thanked 8,729 Times in 7,102 Posts
Here's a thread where this was talked about recently that might help.
Medical transcription
__________________
Jan

When asking questions ALWAYS post the name and a link for the pattern if you have it.

NEW! KH knitting video archive
~HOW TO POST A PHOTO~

Jan in CA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2006, 09:48 PM   #6
Secksiebrat
Turning the Heel
 
Secksiebrat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Jefferson, Tx
Posts: 924
Thanks: 443
Thanked 255 Times in 202 Posts
Send a message via AIM to Secksiebrat
My MIL does this. She took her courses through http://www.pcdi.com/. The first set of lessons is completely based on medical terminology and stuff like that. The best thing is, it is done over the internet/at home and you do it at your own speed. I have helped her quite a bit (and actually could probably take the course myself and pass with flying colors).

I hope this helps!

~danielle~
__________________
http://secksiebrat.blogspot.com/
Secksiebrat on Ravlery!

Secksiebrat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2006, 07:01 AM   #7
Yvonne
Turning the Heel
 
Yvonne's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Southwest Florida
Posts: 524
Thanks: 0
Thanked 5 Times in 3 Posts
There are a bunch of us here who are MTs :D

Hands down, the best distance learning school for this is The Andrews School (www.andrewsschool.com).
The money can vary greatly so it's hard to say even a ballpark figure for you. If you work on production (paid by character or line rather than the hour) you will not make much at all at first, but you would soon be making good money.
There's a ton of info online, even if you just google MT jobs.
It's conceivable that you could do the schooling and be working within a year or so. However, staring at the computer all day doesn't help the migraine problem very much....
__________________
http://www.thecaffeineatedknitter.blogspot.com/
I'm YvonneVT on Ravelry


Yvonne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2006, 12:43 PM   #8
 
Posts: n/a
Originally Posted by Yvonne
However, staring at the computer all day doesn't help the migraine problem very much....
Thanks for the info Yvonne. :D Thankfully I can work at a computer as long as I don't have fluoressent lights on above me. And I don't!!
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2006, 03:08 PM   #9
Karen CA
Casting On
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 1
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Self-employed MT
Just wanted to say I have been a self-employed MT for the last two years and love it, but have been in the field for about 20 years now, both in hospitals and doctor's office. If you have any further questions, please feel free to PM me.

Karen
Karen CA is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Medical bag pattern knitkid11 General Knitting 4 10-31-2009 02:31 PM
HUUUGE Raffle for medical missionaries in need... nuknitter The Lounge 0 07-08-2008 06:11 PM
UPDATE!! Pg. 2 Anyone in the Medical Field? bailsmom The Lounge 23 03-23-2008 11:16 PM
Medical advice needed debinoz The Lounge 28 09-06-2007 11:53 PM
Speaking of Medical Transcription..... KatyKoolkat General Knitting 8 06-09-2006 07:35 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:49 AM.