Medical Transcription
Posted: Friday, August 22nd, 2008 | Posted by: Roshan L | Views: 24873
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As more and more youngsters today are inclined towards early earning opportunities such as Call centres & BPO's, it is also true that the odd working hours, stress and other factors has its toll. However one more similar category known as Medical Transcription has slowly and steadily maintained its stature without much hype and is a bread earner for a lot of people specializing in this profession.

Then, how does medical transcription differ from other similar jobs? What are the challenges that one has to face with medical transcription? How does one actually get into medical transcription?

In a broad sense, medical transcription would typically involve the conversion of medical data that is received in the form of speech into data that becomes readable. Since most of the clients that are catered to, are in the US or other English-speaking countries, it is important for the medical transcriptionist to comprehend the accent of the client and transcribe the same correctly.

To become a medical transcriptionist, one does not need special academic qualifications. What would however be required is that the candidate has a capacity to write in English. Ideally anybody in the age-group of 18 to 52 can get into the profession.

Interested candidates are required to take up an English written test which would resemble the TOEFL and would include an English essay writing. Once that is done, the selected candidates are required to undergo training in typing, phonetics, the language of medicine, American accent, etc, which would last for about eight weeks before the candidate turns into a trainee medical transcriptionist.

Post the basic training, the candidate has to undertake a qualifying test before he begins work as a trainee medical transcriptionist. Depending on his period of training, an average of about 15 to 18 weeks, the candidate can climb up the ladder to become a full-fledged medical transcriptionist.

A designated medical transcriptionist has numerous growth opportunities. Based on his level of competence, he could move up the ladder to become a Senior medical transcriptionist or an Executive medical transcriptionist. A medical transcriptionist can also move in another direction and become a Proofer. A Proofer (has about 10 or 12 transcriptionists working under him) can again become senior Proofer and Executive Proofer. Proofers can also move up in another direction to become Quality controllers and then Team leaders and then Zonal Managers.

Since medical transcription is a BPO-related job and involves clients in the US, it is but natural that work takes place in shifts, that include nights shifts as well.

Bangalore offers great opportunities in this field with major players such as Healthscribe being located at Koramangala. However Mangalore also have a few opportunities and for those who aspire to pursue in this direction, watch for further jobs announcements at Canarawaves as and when they are available.

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