Medical Transcription Frequently Asked Questions

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Medical Transcription Frequently Asked Questions

What is a medical transcriptionist?

A medical transcriptionist takes recorded patient assessments made by physicians and transcribes them into medical documents. The transcribed documents then become part of the patient’s official medical records. >> Read More

What do medical transcriptionists do?

Depending on the medical setting in which they work, medical transcriptionists receive and review audio notes from physician’s examinations, use audio equipment and a computer to transcribe the recording into a written document and submit the completed document into official patient records. >> Read More

Where do medical transcriptionists work?

Medical transcriptionists often work in physician’s offices, hospitals, or for independent medical transcription companies. Sometimes medical transcriptionists are self-employed and may work from home. >> Read More

How much do medical transcriptionists make?

Based on 2012 data, the median annual salary for a medical transcriptionist is $34,020. This figure varies depending on location and place of employment. >> Read More

How can I become a medical transcriptionist?

You can become a medical transcriptionist by enrolling in a medical transcription school. There you will receive training in a number of areas including, medical terminology, anatomy, human diseases, body systems, pediatrics, cell anatomy, medical documentation, healthcare records, and electronic security. >> Read More

What education is required to become a medical transcriptionist?

Medical transcriptionists are required to have a good medical background knowledge, familiarity with medical equipment, transcription and typing skills, and general business skills. >> Read More

What medical transcription certifications are available?

At a medical transcription school you will have the option to undergo training in a program resulting in a certificate, diploma or associate degree in medical transcription. The two most common types of certification are the Registered Medical Transcriptionist (RMT) and the Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT). >> Read More

What medical transcription organizations are available to help me?

The Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) is the official organization for medical transcriptionists. Although they do not directly organize or administer medical transcription training programs, they are responsible for the development of the Model Curriculum for Medical Transcription. Now in its 4th edition, this document is used by educational facilities in the creation of accredited training programs in this field. The AHDI has also published The Book of Style for Medical Transcription, which is considered the benchmark text for the industry. >> Visit the ADHI Website