Medical Transcription

medical transcriptionImagine going to see your doctor, or being taken to hospital, and finding that your medical records were out-of-date, incomplete, or just plain wrong. The outcome could be disastrous.

Because the accuracy of medical records is so important, people who prepare records from information provided by healthcare professionals often undertake special medical transcription training.

As a medical transcriptionist you would receive dictated reports from physicians and other healthcare professionals. You would use your knowledge of medical terms and abbreviations to turn the original into clear English, and submit the final document to the originator for amendment and approval. Medical transcription is important work, and you need to be accurate and have an eye (and an ear) for detail to do it well.

Training and Qualifications

Medical transcription training can be accomplished through successful completion of a one-year certificate or a two-year associate degree program. Program content will vary, but programs will include courses on anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, legal issues in medical documents, and the study of accurate and clear writing appropriate to medical records. Although certification is not a legal requirement, you may at a later stage wish to enhance your medical transcription training by passing the exams set by The American Association for Medical Transcription.

Job Outlook

The expansion in healthcare resulting from population aging and the greater variety of medical treatments should ensure that there are plenty of medical transcription jobs available. You will find opportunities in hospitals and the offices of physicians and other healthcare professionals. Medical transcriptionist work can also be undertaken from home, which you may find advantageous if you require flexible working hours or have a family to look after.