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I’ve noticed that I get a lot of hits to my blog from people searching the internet wondering if medical transcription haram (unlawful for Muslims), but I have not gotten any questions left on my blog.  I’m hoping that the people visiting the blog have found what they are looking for.  I am more than happy to answer questions.  There is not anything that I do in my job on a daily basis that would be haram and Allah knows best.  I work for a medical transcription company, my work goes directly to the hospitals that they contract with.   In my original “is medical transcription haram” post I referenced an earlier email about the description of what an MT does.  I went back and read that post and in hindsight I don’t know if it really clears up what I actually do all day long.  It is pretty simple actually.  I sit at my computer with my headphones and my foot pedal and I listen to recorded dictations from healthcare providers and I transcribe/type what is said in those dictations.  That transcribed report is then edited by me for punctuation, grammar, and style.  That final report is then sent via web back to the hospital where it is then put into the patient’s chart.  I work from home and as long as I’ve been an MT I have worked from home. 

Please don’t be shy to ask any questions.  This is a very practical career for Muslims.

Umm Ebraheem

During a question and answers session with one of the Ulema (scholars of Islam), a questioner on AlBaseerah.org, a popular Islamic website, asked if being a medical transcriptionist was haram (forbidden). They then went on to explain to the sheikh that what a medical transcriptionists does is type files that go to insurance companies. Read the rest of this entry »

I’m hoping to find a third edition copy of this book at a discount price.  I don’t know how many are out there that are not being used but I figure a post on the blog couldn’t hurt.

If you have a third edition copy of the BOS that you are not using and want to get rid of leave me a comment and lets make a deal.

I am looking for some tips on studying for my CMT (certified medical transcriptionist) exam.  It would be great if I could get an idea of what worked and what didn’t work for people.  I would also like some opinions on whether or not you like the study groups hosted at some of the messages boards like at AHDI or MTDesk.com.  I am going to be starting with the Language of Medicine as a review and then move on from there.  My plan is to be ready by the end of the summer, inshaAllah. 

To any passerby drop me a line if your an MT and have sat for the CMT exam or the new RHT exam. 

Okay, today I made the decision to start studying for my certification in medical transcription from the organization formerly known as American Association of Medical Transcriptionists (I don’t like the new name).  I have been considering this for years and I finally decided that I am going to go ahead and do it.  The advancement might not materialize as much as many MTs would like, but it does have its advantages.  I have to start studying and saving my pennies because they of course charge obnoxious fees to sit for the exam and I am going to go ahead and invest in the study material so I will become familiar with the question formats.   I have decided to ditch the book club because the other members are not participating as much as I thought they would and it looks like there is just myself and one other member, and while I enjoy her company we can get together to discuss all kinds of things without it surrounding the book club and I can put my reading time into something that will benefit me in the long run, by the permission of Allah. 

from home…….  I can work all day or surf the net for up to the minute stories on election 08……  Medical Transcription is certainly not the job for someone with a short attention span. 

 On another note, while I was surfing instead of working Barack Obama spent the early afternoon at my Alma mater (The College of Charleston)giving a speech and being endorsed by John Kerry.

Yunus 10:18

And they worship besides Allâh things that hurt them not, nor profit them, and they say: "These are our intercessors with Allâh." Say: "Do you inform Allâh of that which He knows not in the heavens and on the earth?" Glorified and Exalted be He above all that which they associate as partners with Him!

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