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My Medical Transcription Experience

Maybe, this post doesn’t suite you but I’d like to share to you my experience on medical transcription.

In the past, I have been enthusiastic about working as a medical transcriptionist. Although I was still at college a few years ago, I never realized that this kind of work was not just the typical work you’d expect. At first, I didn’t know what it is till my friend told me about it. It never seemed realistic to me that you could earn a hefty amount of money (in US dollars) just by typing a bunch of words onto the keyboard.

But when I really got into it, I discovered that being a medical transcriptionist or just by knowing how to become a medical transcriptionist would be that hard. And by “hard”, I really meant “really hard”. It was very difficult for me because of the minimum requirements of this kind of job.

First, you have to have “AT LEAST” 75 words per minute typing speed. Heck! How am I going to get that kind of typing speed with my two left hands? Nobody ever teached us in school how to use the computer keyboard properly. We never had any lessons about that.

Second, you have to be a medicine-related degree holder. Anything will do, be it a nursing degree, medtech degree, doctor of medicine, biology, pharmacology, you name it. Anything. Because if you’re not, I’m pretty sure you’ll have a hard time understanding what those doctors are yapping about on the mic. I mean, what the heck, they talk about a certain drug first but ended up using another different drug at the last. How the heck are you going to transcribe that?

Lastly, you have to have a knack for working “AT LEAST” 8-10 hours a day. I’m telling you, if you can’t fight work stress for even just an hour of typing medical terms, then I’d suggest you don’t take this job. But if you can, you’d better get ready for a one good heck of a stressful job. Sitting for 10 hours just hurts you butt, doesn’t it? Yeah, I know you do. You agree with me. Just sitting there reading this post makes your butt crack too. Ain’t I right?

But don’t worry, being a medical transcriptionist also has its advantages. You are paid by the characters you typed. 65 characters per line. So, how many lines you can transcribe in just one sitting will determine your salary for that particular day.

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  1. Nice article

  2. Thanks for sharing your experience. It is a lot of hard work.

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