When my wife got into medical transcription she didn’t go to a medical transcription school. In fact, medical transcription schools back then (and it hasn’t been THAT long ago!) were pretty much unheard of. Oh a few community colleges attempted to provide medical transcription training by offering a medical terminology and a human anatomy course combined with a couple of hours of practice on canned dictation files. But most medical transcriptionists didn’t go to school – they were trained on the job.
And I can assure you… THAT medical transcription school is the school of hard knocks. It is difficult and frustrating to learn something while also trying to be productive. There were a lot of sleepless nights and a lot of hand wringing, intermixed with a good number of screams and tears.
Had my wife been able to enroll in a well structured medical transcription school on the other hand - training at home, on a part time basis; learning everything she needed to know with a healthy dose of actual physician dictated practice – and all without the stress of production goals… now THAT would have been infinitely easier on her and our entire family. Unfortunately, such a medical transcription school didn’t exist. At least, not THEN…
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