Medical Transcription Newsletter
April 5th, 2008
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Welcome new subscribers!
In this month's issue we have:
1. This month's ramblings and A SPECIAL FREEBIE FOR YOU!
2. Transcription Talk
3. Recommended Courses
4. Line Count and Invoice Program
5. Transcription Practice Tapes/WAV Files
6. Other recommended sites
7. Joke of the Month
8. Freebie For You!
I know it's been a while since I wrote a newsletter. It seems like
I'm always saying that... Anyway, I hope this issue finds you well.
I just spent a few days in the Florida Keys, and that was a really
welcome break. The weather was gorgeous, as it always is at this time
of year in Florida. I just wish I got to get away more often. That's
the thing about medical transcription, it's easier to take 3-4 days
off than weeks at a time, unless you have someone reliable that can
cover for you. However, all in all, I wouldn't trade it for anything
For those that remember, my mom was diagnosed with a thoracic
in 2003, and to date she is still doing well. It seems
those years have already passed. Unfortunately,
my sister-in-law was
just diagnosed with breast cancer. She is only
44 years old. So please
keep Christa in your prayers. It's been a
tough few weeks. She is
scheduled for surgery in the next couple
My dog Mutley who is a big 170 lb Rottie had a malignant melanoma on
his toe and had to have surgery the other month. He's going to be 10
next month. We're hoping the rest of 2008 gets a lot better.
Here's a picture of Mutley. He's doing very well now though.
Anyway, on a lighter note, I wanted to say a big thanks to all of you
who write to me and tell me how much you've enjoyed my book and how
helpful it has been to you. I'm always so happy to hear your success
stories, and of course I'm here to encourage you and help you.
Please be aware that on the Internet not all companies are legitimate.
I regularly get emails about a certain company, which I cannot name,
for fear of slander issues, but please, if any company asks you to buy
software from them in return for free medical transcription training,
check them out with the BBB online, or http://www.complaintsboard.com.
I'm sure you will find one particular company has a ton of complaints.
If it seems to good to be true, it probably is.
Having said that, let's get on with a bit of transcription talk. Oh,
and before I forget, I've got a cool ebook gift for you about how to
save your hard earned money. There's tons of $$$ tips for you in this
one. You can download it from the link at the end of this newsletter.
AN EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE FOR YOUR COMPUTER
You spend hours, if not hundreds of hours implementing all your
keyboard short cuts so that you don't have to type line after line,
and then one day your computer crashes. Oh no! You spent time
backing up all your work, but did you think about a whole computer
back up? Don't learn the hard way. Do yourself a favor and buy an
external hard drive. They cost about $50.00 and are worth every cent.
You then use a program like Ghost to copy your main hard drive to your
external one. They are so easy to use. In fact, I have two external
drives. Call me paranoid. :)
You just slot it into the computer, reboot, and then use the software
program to copy from drive to drive. This way your WHOLE computer is
backed up, including all your shortcuts, all your programs etc. I
find this more feasible than backing up to a ton of CDs. In the event
that your computer crashes, you simply take your external hard drive
to the store and have them put it in a new computer. I always take
the drive out of my computer and store it somewhere safe.
CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME
It is well known that a lot of transcriptionists eventually suffer
from carpal tunnel syndrome, due to repetitive and excessive typing.
Help yourself out a bit by doing some simple stretching exercises, and
regularly giving your hands/wrists a break.
* Gently massage the palms of your hands
* Press your palm down to stretch the top side of your forearm
* Rotate your neck from side to side
* Wear wrist splints to help avoid supination of your hands
* Try investing in an ergonomic keyboard - bear in mind, the keys
might be harder to press with some brands than regular keyboards, so
be sure to try the keyboard out before you buy.
EMAIL ENCRYPTION SOFTWARE
For those of you doing digital dictation, or thinking about it, before
you pay for FTP monthly fees, you may want to consider email
encryption software. I highly recommend:
RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT SITES FOR MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION
Free software - Express Scribe
As recommended by my transcription friend Connie, thank you!
LINE COUNT AND INVOICE PROGRAM FOR MEDICAL
Counts your lines and produces an invoice - so you don't
have to! The latest version is compatible with Word 2007.
** TRANSCRIPTION PRACTICE TAPES OR WAV FILES ***
GREAT FOR THE BEGINNER OR EXPERIENCED TRANSCRIPTIONIST!
I've kept the costs VERY low, so that you can invest in your
future without hurting your wallet. I've not raised the
price of these in four years, so that you can afford them.
I hope you'll be thrilled with them. They are 75% less
expensive from my site than most places on the Net!
You get four transcription practice tapes with an answer key
on CD ROM or 5 CDs.
These are great for the student, or even if you are a
beginner that would like to try out medical transcription
and see if it's for you, or even for somebody that has been
out of the transcription industry for a while and wants to
brush up on skills. These tapes will also increase the
skills of an experienced transcriptionist that just wants
These are all real-life dictations and the answer key has
left each physicians' format preferences intact so you can
see how various physicians like their work set up. You do
not have to keep to the format when typing the reports, it's
entirely up to you!
RECOMMENDED HOME BUSINESSES AND OTHER NEAT SITES
A SECRETARIAL BUSINESS
It's amazing how many people combine home businesses. You
can combine your medical transcription career with medical
billing or just as easily with a secretarial service. It
all works really well together.
My friend Leva combines her secretarial business with her
web design business. It's good to be open to options. You
can learn more about starting your own secretarial service
ADVANCE MAGAZINE FOR HEALTH INFORMATION PROFESSIONALS
Don't forget to subscribe to this magazine. It doesn't cost
anything, but you have to tell them you are an Independent
Medical Transcriptionist to be able to receive it.
They do post lots of jobs as well as worthy news items.
JOKE OF THE MONTH
A farmer named Seamus had a car accident.
In court, the truck company's hot-shot lawyer was questioning
"Didn't you say to the Police at the scene of the accident, 'I'm
fine?" asked the lawyer.
Seamus responded: 'Well, I'll tell you what happened. I had just
loaded my favorite cow, Bessie, into the...'
'I didn't ask for any details', the solicitor interrupted. 'Just
Answer the question. Did you not say, at the scene of the accident,
Seamus said, 'Well, I had just got Bessie into the trailer and I was
driving down the road....'
The lawyer interrupted again and said, 'Your Honor, I am trying to
establish the fact that, at the scene of the accident, this man told
the police on the scene that he was fine. Now several weeks after
the accident, he is trying to sue my client. I believe he is a fraud.
Please tell him to simply answer the question.'
By this time, the Judge was fairly interested in Seamus's answer and
said to the lawyer: 'I'd like to hear what he has to say about his
favorite cow, Bessie'.
Seamus thanked the Judge and proceeded.
'Well as I was saying, I had just loaded Bessie, my favorite cow,
into the trailer and was driving her down the road when this huge
tractor-trailer came through a stop sign and hit my trailer right in
the side. I was thrown into one ditch and Bessie was thrown into the
other. I was hurt, very bad like, and didn't want to move.
However, I could hear old Bessie moaning and groaning. I knew she was
in terrible shape just by her groans. Shortly after the accident, a
policeman on a motorbike turned up. He could hear Bessie moaning and
groaning so he went over to her. After he looked at her, and saw her
condition, he took out his gun and shot her between the eyes.
Then the policeman came across the road, gun still in hand, looked at
me, and said, 'How are you feeling?'
"Now what the heck would you say?"
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Thanks for all your help and for being there when I had questions.
I loved your book so much. It really made me think I could
do medical transcription. I'm taking classes now, and really
looking forward to the day when I can stay home and type.
With best wishes,
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