What Does It Take to Be a Successful MT or MTE?
- Insatiable interest in medicine and all things medical.
- Extraordinary attention to detail--listening, proofreading, and editing.
- Excellent English grammar skills.
- Love of language and words.
- Intermediate computer skills.
- Aptitude to work independently at a computer for long periods of time.
- Skills to organize and use time effectively to meet deadlines.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality of personal patient information.
Technology is also advancing the field of medical transcription. As voice recognition technology improves, it is only expected to enhance the work of medical transcriptionists. Voice recognition technology will not replace the need for the human eye to edit and review transcriptions for accuracy, as this is vital to medical records. Additionally, digital technology makes it possible to receive dictations as audio files and allows medical transcriptionists to complete and return transcriptions via the Internet. As a result, time and place have become limitless elements of the profession.
Flexible Work Settings
Medical transcriptionists work for medical transcription services, hospitals, and clinics. Many medical transcriptionists are working from home, either for a large service as a contracted employee, or as their own boss!