In the post-graduation rush to find a job, sometimes we forget to make sure a position is a good fit. What do you want in a medical transcription job? Before you commit to a position, make sure you’ve chosen the medical transcription employer that best suits you. Employers are looking for specific attributes; you should also have a mental checklist when you research and interview with potential employers after you finish your medical transcription training. Here are a few suggestions of what to consider…
1. Workplace workflow
Some organizations use a pool of transcriptionists for all reports while others assign reports based on clinical specialties. Do you have a specialty or would you like to develop one? Will you have dedicated accounts so you can become accustomed to a physician’s style and processes? The answers to these questions could affect your happiness, growth, and opportunity within the position.
2. Scale of operations
Does the medical transcription company operate on a national or global scale? Or are services more local? The company’s scale of operations can affect the type of doctors you transcribe for—which can determine their accents, and thus contribute to the difficulty of the accounts you work on. Local providers may also be more sensitive to changes in your geographic healthcare market, while providers who operate on a national scale may offer more stability because of their account diversity.
3. Technological capabilities
How technologically advanced is the potential employer? What document management tools and resources do they offer? For example, an employer could use speech recognition technology and an electronic medical record system or traditional audio files. Both have their benefits, but you may have a preference or expertise.
4. Quality controls
How many and what kinds of quality checks are performed to screen for errors? How are quality issues addressed in the organization? As a medical transcriptionist, it is your job to produce accurate patient records; however, it is helpful when your employer has quality checks in place to catch possible mistakes.
It’s not uncommon for medical transcription service providers to operate around the clock and throughout the year—make sure to find out if your employer offers flexible hours, part-time, and/or scheduled options. You may have specific schedule needs that you want your employer to meet and even if you don’t need the flexibility now, your life circumstances may require it in the future.
How much you make as a medical transcriptionist depends on a variety of factors: your training, experience, certification, location, and employer. Research the top-paying employers and the wages they offer. For example, according to the Department of Labor, business support services offer $15.48 an hour while specialty hospitals offer $19.08 on average. Remember that most medical transcription employers pay on production, so be sure to take that into account as you’re considering and comparing different employers.
As a student or recent medical transcription graduate, you need to evaluate your long-term career goals, what you’re looking for in a positions, and your ideal employer before even beginning the job finding process. Identify your needs, then find a suitable job; you are not being too demanding in wanting an employer that fits your needs.
Interested in this career or unsure if you have the skills to properly market yourself for a good medical transcriptionist job? Check out Career Step’s online medical transcription program to gain the knowledge and hands-on skills to be successful in the industry.