Are Medical Transcription Editors also Medical Transcriptionists?

The day is finally here! You’ve graduated from the Medical Transcription Editing program and are ready to start your job search. While looking through opportunities, you notice a lot of positions looking for medical transcriptionists, but not many specifically asking for medical transcription editors. You ask yourself, “As a graduate of the Medical Transcription Editing program, am I eligible to work as a medical transcriptionist? What’s the difference between an MT and an MTE?”

As a graduate of the Medical Transcription Editing program, you are qualified to work as both a medical transcriptionist and a medical transcription editor. In fact, in order to be a great MTE, you also have to be a great MT! This is why the MTE program includes not only a number of reports for you to edit but also a number of reports for you to transcribe.

You might be asking yourself, “If I am qualified to work in both types of positions, why don’t I see more positions requesting MTEs?” The title of medical transcriptionist, or MT, is used in the industry to encompass both transcription and editing. Let’s look at a couple of other examples to help us better understand this idea:

  • Runner vs sprinter
  • Scientist vs chemist
  • Writer vs author
  • Musician vs guitarist
  • Artist vs painter
  • MT vs MTE

Do you see the pattern there? The word on the left describes the overarching job title or work, while the word on the right specifies what the individual does in their industry. Is a sprinter also a runner? Yes. Is a guitarist also a musician? Yes. Is an MTE also an MT? Yes!

If you, as an MTE graduate , see listings for MT work, don’t be discouraged! You can complete this work too. The industry is transitioning more and more towards editing, and you will be able to utilize your skills in positions as both a medical transcriptionist and a medical transcription editor.


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