week's issue we have:
1. This week's ramblings
2. Transcription Talk
3. Recommended Courses
4. Line Count and Invoice Program
5. Transcription Practice Tapes
6. Article of the Week
7. The Transcription Chat Forum
8. Other home businesses and recommended sites
9. Joke of the Week
Well, I'm sorry it's been ages
since you got a newsletter. The changeover between services was a
bit prolonged, and then setting everything up, and then the Holidays
were upon us, and before I knew it 2006 was here!
I hope you all enjoyed the
Holidays! I ate too much and now I am trying to lose a few pounds.
I even joined the gym for a trial month period. I know, go ahead
and laugh... a lot of you know I'm allergic to exercise. Anyway, I
did the circuit, tried out all the machines and way too early on I
commended myself for a job well done! The following morning I was
expecting to be sore. I look like I'm in shape, but I'm not fit,
and that's the difference. Anyway, I wasn't sore at all really,
except that I woke up and couldn't turn my head to the right without
a lot of pain. One of those stupid machines had pulled a muscle in
my neck of all places! It still hurts a bit. I will venture back
to the gym next week, but I'm going to avoid that machine like the
plague. Who knew my neck was the least fit part of my body? I was
expecting everything else to ache! lol.
Well, it's pretty cool in
Florida this last couple of days, although the sun is out. I can't
stand the cold. After years of growing up in England through rain,
sleet, snow, and short summers, the humid Florida heat is a welcome
change. I've been in the States 13 years this month. How time
The transcription business is
as busy as ever. Here in Florida we are meant to have "a busy
season" due to the people from up north coming down here during our
winter and going back during their summer, so you would think
transcription would be much slower here in the summer, but it's
not. It's been busy all the way through for years now.
I've noticed the chat forum is
getting quite busy. A lot of you have joined over the last couple
of years and are making friends on there. It's great to see you all
networking together. If you haven't already signed up, here is the
On the chat
forum, don't forget to check out the section about Work
posted that they are looking for full time and part-time help.
Also, posted by
Susan Ebbs looking for onsite workers in Ottawa, Canada:
Another place to
look for work and post your resume is:
If you are
looking to start your own business, on the Medical Transcription
Chat section of the forum there is an article I wrote about "How to
Market Your Business". I wrote it sometime ago, but a lot of people
haven't seen it and write to ask me how to do this. It might give
you some ideas. The key to finding transcription work is to "not
give up". Sometimes it happens quickly, and sometimes you have to
be a little bit more patient.
Courtesy of MT
Spell out WHOLE
numbers zero through nine, use numerals for 10 and above.
when numbers are directly used with symbols.
when expressing ages.
If it is an
approximate age, spell it out.
Use numerals to
express size and measurements.
Use numerals for
everything metric. Centimeters, millimeters, liters, etc.
Use numerals in
all expressions pertaining to drugs - this includes strength, dosage
and directions. Z-PAK 2 daily on day 1, then 1 daily on days 2-5.
Spell out and
hyphenate fractions standing alone. He drank one-half a gallon of
Use numerals to
express mixed fractions. 1 1/2 years.
Use commas only
if there are 5 or more digits when expressing numbers. e.g. 10,000,
when expressing vital statistics including height, weight, blood
pressure, pulse and respiration.
hyphen for the word "to". He is to take 1-2 tablets of Tylenol every
4-6 hours p.r.n.
Leave a space
between numerals and measurements unless they form a compound
modifier. It is 6 cm below the .... It is 1200 ml....A 4-cm
nevus....A 2 x 2-mm lesion....
Always use 0 in
front of the decimal point if the number is not a whole number.
fractions with metric measurements. 1.5 cm
fractions with English system measurements. 1 1/2 inch
for: Ages, units of measure, vital statistics, lab values and in
other instances where it is important to communicate clearly the
number referenced. Examples: 4 inches, 3-year-old. She has three
dogs who have eight fleas each. A total of 7 basal cell carcinomas
removed from his left arm. (7 for clarity) .
AND INVOICE PROGRAM FOR MEDICAL
Counts your lines and produces an invoice - so you don't have to!
Visit my site:
TRANSCRIPTION PRACTICE TAPES
GREAT FOR THE BEGINNER OR
I've kept the costs VERY low, so that you can invest in your future
without hurting your wallet. I hope you'll be thrilled with the
tapes! They are 75% less expensive from my site than most places on
You get four transcription practice tapes with an answer key on CD
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 more
The tapes 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 tapes, it's entirely up to you!
MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION GIFT
I've had various FUN designs made on items such as mugs, bags, and
T-shirts for you! These make great gifts or presents to yourself!
ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
Today is the first
day of the rest of the year. I hope 2006 is your best year ever in
both personal and business terms. While some events are beyond our
control, others are clearly within our ability to create the desired
outcomes, or at least come close.
Here are three
steps to help you have your best year ever.
Step One: Define
your goals. For some it will be increased sales volume, profit, or
enhanced staff training, others will want to expand their facilities
and/or geographic reach, still others have customer retention or new
customer acquisition goals. The key issue is to know what outcomes
are desired. Take some time and list your goals for your best year
ever. Donít just think of them while in the shower (I canít tell you
how may people do their best thinking while the water runs, but it
is difficult to keep your notepaper from getting soggy.) Set aside
a little time today and list them - on paper.
Step Two: Determine
how to achieve those outcomes, the action steps that will be
necessary. Some may take months of planning, have many steps
utilizing the efforts and talents of a number of people along with
periodic oversight. Plot the steps on a calendar to insure keeping
everything on schedule. Establish who will be responsible for each
task, when it will be done, the time and money budget for each task.
Monitor and update the plan. Using that calendar, determine how
often and when it will be reviewed. Few projects go as smoothly as
planned so mid-course corrections will be necessary. Plan the review
process in the beginning so the projects stay on track.
Follow those three
steps for each action necessary to achieve the results you intend.
It may not work out exactly as you plan, but this process sure works
better than just hoping for success. Start the year off
intentionally and you are on the way to a happy, healthy, and
prosperous New Year. I hope you have your best year ever by
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HOME BUSINESSES AND OTHER
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
This is especially good if you have small children of your own.
If you have any crafting skills and enjoy this type of hobby, you
can turn it into a home business.
Build Wealth In Real Estate Foreclosures: A simple, yet powerful and
proven formula that will grab you by the hand and walk you step by
step all the way.
Here is a neat site for
parents that want to work from home:
MAGAZINE FOR HEALTH INFORMATION PROFESSIONALS
Donít forget to subscribe to this magazine. It doesnít 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.
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JOKE OF THE
HOW TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY
LEVEL OF INSANITY IN THE WORKPLACE
Page yourself over the
intercom. Don't disguise your voice.
Find out where your boss shops
and buy exactly the same outfits. Wear them one day after your boss
does. This is especially effective if your boss is of a different
gender than you.
Make up nicknames for all your
coworkers and refer to them only by these names. "That's a good
point, Sparky." "No, I'm sorry, but I'm going to have to disagree
with you there, Cha-cha."
Send e-mail to the rest of the
company telling them exactly what you're doing. For example: "If
anyone needs me, I'll be in the bathroom."
Hi-Lite your shoes. Tell
people you haven't lost them as much since you did this.
While sitting at your desk,
soak your fingers in Palmolive liquid. Call everyone Madge.
Hang mosquito netting around
your cubicle. When you emerge to get coffee or a printout or
whatever, slap yourself randomly the whole way.
Put a chair facing a printer.
Sit there all day and tell people you're waiting for your document.
Every time someone asks you to
do something, anything, ask him or her if they want fries with that.
Send e-mail back and forth to
yourself engaging yourself in an intellectual debate. Forward the
mail to a co-worker and ask her to settle the disagreement.
Encourage your colleagues to
join you in a little synchronized chair-dancing.
Put your trash can on your
desk. Label it "IN."
Feign an unnatural and
hysterical fear of staplers.
Send e-mail messages saying
there's free pizza or donuts or cake in the lunchroom. When people
drift back to work complaining that they found none, lean back, pat
your stomach and say, "Oh you've got to be faster than that."
Put decaf in the coffee maker
for three weeks. Once everyone has withdrawn from caffeine
addiction, switch to espresso.
Pick up your own copy of my
ebook and get started with your own home business today! I've
helped lots of people over the years, and I do offer ongoing
support. It can be your first investment, and your first business
Wishing you a safe and happy
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