To start a career as a Medical Transcriptionist, you have to undergo Medical Transcription Training for few months. A Medical Transcriptionist is also known as MT in short. The pecking order in Medical Transcription Industry differs from one industry to the other.
Certified Courses and Qualification
To become a MT, you'll need to finish a certified medical transcription training program, normally 6 months to 2 year course, diploma or degree program related to Medical field.
The program mostly includes English composition and basic grammar, medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, pathology, basic computer applications and medical transcription skills. Medical transcriptionists who passed the national exam will get the designation Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT). For every 3 years, CMTs have to earn education credits to be re-certified.
The fee structure for this course differs in each institution and usually the fee starts from Rs. 10,000 for part time 6months course and it will increase depending on the factors such as duration of the course, location, timings and institution.
Graduates need to understand the medical terms, their imports, pronunciation and spelling, and all medical term meanings. Normally it starts from a trainee level (OJT) work with stipend, next Junior MT, Senior MT, and Executive MT and goes on. Medical transcriptionists mostly work in health care circumstances like hospitals, physicians' offices, clinics, public health agencies, nursing homes and home health care agencies. In addition, home-based transcriptionists jobs are also available. If you have prior experience in medical transcription then you can start working from your home as a freelancer. There are many websites with Medical Transcription Discussion Forum from which one can gather information about Medical Transcription job openings in different places of India.
Places where you can find MT jobs
There are various metropolises in India in which Medical Transcription work is done. Some of them are Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Kolkata (West Bengal), Mumbai, Pune, Mangalore (Karnataka), Nagpur (Maharastra), Bangalore, Cochin, Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh) and Delhi.