Now that you know what a medical transcription job is, you may be interested in knowing how you can start doing this job. While being a medical transcriptionist does not require a lot of formal education, doing a course may help you greatly. So, if you are wondering whether you should take up a medical transcription course, there are a lot of reasons why you should go ahead and do so.
A medical transcription course equips you with the know-how required for this profession. If you have a few basic skills such as command over English, listening and comprehension ability, you can easily join a course. The duration of the medical transcription program is usually not more than 5 months in India, and so, very soon you can expect to start earning.
Here are a few things you can expect to learn in a medical transcription course:
- How to interpret and accurately transcribe audio tracks in English which has an American accent (because most transcription jobs are outsourced from America).
- Sound knowledge of medical terms, which is also called Language of Medicine. This includes knowledge about diseases, laboratory values, anatomical details, and a comprehensive glossary of medical terms.
- The basic human bodily systems such as reproductive, urinary, nervous, cardiovascular and respiratory etc.
- Radiology, pharmacology and psychiatry.
- How to write reports in this profession so that they are professional enough to be accepted as quality work.
The best part of joining a medical transcription course is that there are hardly any prerequisites! You can be a graduate from any background and yet become a medical transcriptionist after completing the course. Of course, some universities in India prefer students who study science at the undergraduate level and also have biology as one of their subjects.
One of the greatest advantages of a medical transcription course is that it will provide you entry into a profession which allows you to work from home as well as at any medical transcription company. In India, as in some other countries of Asia, medical transcription is a booming profession thanks to the low cost of labor here compared to countries in Europe and America. So, you too can cash in, if you have the right qualifications under your belt.
There are several universities all over India which offer medical transcription courses and so, you may find it really easy to join one such course.