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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.

I dragged this post over from my old blog on 360.  It is a description of my chosen career of medical transcription.  I often have to spend 5-10 minutes explaining to people what I do for a living and AHDI (Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity formerly American Association of Medical Transcription (AAMT))  summed it up rather nicely.  Now, if they could just follow through on some of their plans to bring some credibility to the field of medical transcription I would really toot their horns.

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What is MT
InshaAllah, I plan to start talking about my work a little on my blog so I thought I would start out with what exactly it is I do. Below is an MT job description. Umm Ebraaheem

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Medical transcription is the act of translating from oral to written form the record of a person’s medical history, diagnosis, prognosis and outcome. Physicians and other healthcare professional rely on skilled medical transcriptionists to transform spoken words into comprehensive records that accurately communicate medical information. These reports function as legal documentation and fulfill requirements for insurance reimbursement. They also serve as reference for scientific research.

While medical transcription is among the most fascinating of allied health professions, the general public knows little about those who practice this skill. It was not until 1999 that the US Department of Labor assigned a separate job classification (Standard Occupational Classification #31-9094) so that statistics could be gathered on medical transcriptionists. Before that, transcriptionists were misclassified as typists, word processors, medical secretaries, and dictating machine operators.

Medical understanding is critical for the professional medical transcriptionist. Medical transcription requires a practical knowledge of medical language, anatomy, physiology, disease processes, pharmacology, laboratory medicine, and the internal organization of medical reports. Reports of patient care take many forms, including histories and physical examinations, progress reports, emergency room notes, consultations, operative reports, discharge summaries, clinic notes, referral letters, radiology reports, pathology reports, and an array of documentation spanning more than 60 medical specialties and subspecialties.

Quality medical transcription also requires

  • above-average knowledge of English punctuation and grammar
  • excellent auditory skills, allowing the transcriptionist to interpret sounds almost simultaneously with keyboarding
  • advanced proofreading and editing skills
  • versatility in use of transcription equipment and computers, since transcriptionists may work in a variety of settings

Taken from American Association for Medical Transcription. http://www.aamt.org

In Islam holidays are of a religious nature.  When we Muslims celebrate something it has a significant meaning in our religion.  My countrymen, however, will celebrate anything from Secretary’s day to the day they believed Isa (Jesus) was resurrected.  From the date they celebrate the birth of Isa to president’s day.  The number of holidays listed on a calendar sold in the United states runs I’m sure at least  2-3 per month.  

 Before I became a medical transcriptionist and had the good fortune to work out of my home I worked in a call center as a work force analyst.  This job required me to share an office with 5 other people.  The lady who sat at the desk next to mine was a divorced mother of 3 who was shacking up with her current boyfriend.  So, as the December holiday season rolled around my co-workers were sharing information about their plans and one day the lady next to me was telling the story how her children were learning that Santa did not exist and how she wanted to keep them believing that a man from the North Pole had a sleigh and reindeer and was going to bring them presents.  Mind you her children ranged in age from 7-13.  After she lamented about this for a while she turned to me  to ask how I would handle this situation.  I tried to explain to her that as a Muslim I would not be celebrating Christmas and even before I had accepted Islam there was no way I was going to perpetuate a silly lie like that that to my children.   It took everyone in the office by complete surprise when this woman broke out in tears and actually cried because she was so upset about the fact that my children would not know about santa clause.  It was the most bizarre experience I have ever had at work.   I actually laughed that day because I could not believe this lady could actually work up enough emotion to make tears over santa clause. 

I guess it is true when people say it takes all kinds.

I originally started journaling on the web about a year ago after an acquaintance of mine invited me to Yahoo 360.  It took me a while to get the hang of it but I did enjoy having a place on the web to talk about my various baking projects, a little talk about work and meeting up with other Muslim women.  The only problem there was I did not generate any discussion outside of those other 360 bloggers who took an interest in what I had posted.   I was looking forward to having people leave comments and invited my family and friends to view my blog, but with 360 only community members could post a comment.  After I realized that I was not going to be able to generate any outside interest and communication I began looking into other communities.   I was more drawn to Blogger and WordPress because of their more professional look.  

So, here I am at WordPress starting over and hopefully I will like it here and get settled.  I hope to get some drive by traffic to encourage me and keep me interested.  I hope to connect with other Muslim women who journal and anyone else interested in the mundane topics that come to my mind.  I will be posting about Islaam, history, women’s health, crafts, marriage, politics and whatever else has my attention inshaAllah. 

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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