Medical Transcriptionist Job Description:
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Medical transcriptionists must have:
- good English grammar
- proficiency with personal computers and word processing software
- normal hearing acuity
- good listening skills
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A Day in a Medical Transcriptionist's Life:
- receive dictation from physicians or other health care professionals, increasingly over the Internet;
- listen to recordings on a headset;
- key text into a personal computer or word processor;
- produce discharge summaries, history and physical examination reports, operative reports, consultation reports, autopsy reports, diagnostic imaging studies, progress notes, and referral letters.;
- edit materials for grammar and clarity, if necessary;
- look for inconsistencies and errors in reports and check with the physician or healthcare professional in order to correct them;
- sometimes use voice recognition software which translates dictation into written text and creates reports which they must then edit for mistakes in translation and grammar; and
- return transcribed documents to the physicians or other healthcare professionals who dictated them for review and signature, or correction.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Medical Transcriptionist, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos271.htm (visited March 17, 2010).
Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, O*NET Online, Medical Transcriptionists, on the Internet at http://online.onetcenter.org/link/details/31-9094.00 (visited November 30, 2010).