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Five References Every Medical Transcriptionist Needs

Part of the Medical Transcription For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The following proven performers should be on your reference bookshelf as a medical transcriptionist. All of them are available in both print and electronic versions.

  • An illustrated medical dictionary — either Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary (published by Elsevier Saunders) or Stedman's Medical Dictionary (published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins)

  • The Book of Style for Medical Transcription (published by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity)

  • Stedman's Medical Abbreviations, Acronyms & Symbols (published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins)

  • Quick Look Drug Book (published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins)

  • Stedman's Medical & Surgical Equipment Words (published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins)

The choice between print and electronic is partly a matter of personal preference and partly a matter of value. From the value perspective, remember that medical transcriptionists are paid based on the number of lines transcribed, and time spent looking stuff up is time taken away from producing lines. Opting for a print version may be cheaper in the short term, but if the electronic version enables you to find answers twice as fast, it's earning money for you every time you use it. If it's a reference you'll use frequently, that can quickly add up to an amount that dwarfs whatever you may have saved initially by picking the paper edition.

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