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Lesson 1 - Transcription Overview

The information contained in this lesson is to provide you with principles necessary in becoming successful in the transcription profession as well as an overview of transcription.

What is Transcription?

Transcription is the field of converting an audio of dictation into hard copy documentation without altering the original words spoken. In other words, it is the exact words spoken by someone written verbatim onto a word application program, although some transcription services are non-verbatim. Numerous transcription specialties exist: General, Medical, Legal, Academic, Spanish, Interview, Podcast, Business, Video, Sermon, Verbatim, Text to Text, Text to Text Translation, and more. However, all transcription jobs have one thing in common: to be able to listen to audio and interpret it to the best of your ability. This is the defining piece of a high-end transcriptionist. In most cases, the dictation is downloaded into an audio transcription platform such as Express Scribe. You transcribe in this platform with your individual software program. You can download a free version of Express Scribe from the Internet.

Opportunities for Transcriptionists

The transcription industry is rapidly growing, and with it more and more opportunities for new transcriptionists are emerging every day. With this growing popularity of transcriptionists, a decent payload is in the mix as well. An added advantage to becoming a transcriptionist is the increasing demand for at-home transcription jobs. This allows for flexible workloads at the comfort of your home. Moreover, transcriptionists may choose whichever type of transcription they feel suits them best. With thorough transcription training, we are confident we can turn you into the best transcriptionist you can be.

Medical Transcription

Medical transcription refers to the transcription of medical histories, physicals, discharge summaries, progress notes, operative reports, referral letters, and other required correspondences. To become a quality medical transcriptionist, familiarity with medical terminology, standard diagnostic procedures, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, and medical jargon is required and must be studied carefully. These transcripts are medical reports and become part of a patient’s permanent record. For this reason, it is absolutely vital to be familiar with medicine to ensure the greatest accuracy possible.