Monday, September 8, 2008

Can You Really Work at Home in Medical Transcription?

By Pam Lyon


Well, yes, absolutely. Thousands of people engaged in medical transcription work at home every day.


Working at home is a situation that many people aspire to, to escape the rat race of commuting, paying for childcare, wear and tear on the car. Medical Transcription does indeed offer that to those willing to go through the training and get some experience under their belts.
If you want to work from home, you basically have two options: You can telecommute as an employee, or you can do so by starting your own business. Medical Transcription is a career that provides you with both options.


There is a large market for medical transcriptionists. You can work from the hospital or physician's office or you can work from home. You can also start your own at-home medical transcription business. Medical transcription, at its core, is basically just listening to notes that a doctor has recorded about things such as exams, autopsies, operations and more, and typing out the recordings into a document that then is included in the patient's chart.


With the technology available today, the doctor can actually send you the recording over the internet, so you don't have to leave the comfort of your home at all! Medical transcription is not difficult to learn, but it can be somewhat expensive. There are a whole host of companies that offer distance learning via online courses, DVDs, books and CDs to help you learn the proper terminology so that when you graduate you can do the job well.


When you do sign up for a course or buy learning materials, make sure they are worth your money. As a medical transcriptionist, you will need to know medical jargon such as abbreviations, terminology and medical terms, and only the right resources will give you all the information that you need.


It can be somewhat difficult when just starting out in transcription to get a work-at-home position. Lots of employers out there want you to have some intense quality assurance scrutiny before letting you fly, so to speak. So they want you in house if possible. Indeed, the U.S. Dept. of Labor says that, really, over half of the transcriptionists in the workforce do actually work in an office instead of at home.


But don't let that discourage you! At-home positions can still be had today. All it takes is perseverance.


If you have chosen a good program, they will probably have a job placement assistance program, and can tell you which employers are most likely to hire you to an at-home position. And make sure you go to the transcription Internet forums and ask people which companies are most likely to hire you to work at home. Make a list of these, and go after them aggressively.


Pam Lyon is the author of the real truth about the life of a medical transcriptionist. Pam is a 30-year veteran of the Transcription business, and has seen it all. If you are thinking about a career in Medical Transcription, you need this book! Visit => http://insidemedicaltranscription.com/



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