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Continuing Education Courses for Medical Transcription

By Anne Martinez

When you begin working in medical transcription, you’ll pick up new medical knowledge every day, just by virtue of working as a medical transcriptionist. If you’re like many medical transcriptionists, you’re a passionate learner, and you’re going to want even more than you learn on the job. Fortunately, getting that medical or technical education fix is easier than ever. Courses and seminars are available to help you with the following:

  • Get acquainted with the latest technologies, such as electronic health records (EHRs)

  • Learn new productivity techniques

  • Tune up your speech-recognition editing skills

  • Study up on Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance and patient privacy regulations

  • Bone up on a specific medical specialty

  • Explore potential career paths

  • Prepare for a certification exam

The quickest route to continuing education is directly through your computer. Taking an online course from the comfort of your desk (or anywhere else you can get an Internet connection) is easy. Online training options include the following:

  • Webinars: These are single-session presentations, typically an hour long. A webinar can be prerecorded or live. A big plus of live webinars is that often you can ask questions and interact with other students.

  • Online courses: These include multiple sessions or lessons and go into a subject in depth. Most online courses are self-paced. You can log on and learn any time you want, although there’s usually a limit on how long you have to complete the course. An online course may include access to an instructor via e-mail.

    A growing number of online courses incorporate remote access to the technology or tools you’re learning about. That means you can log on to someone else’s hardware and software and get hands-on experience without having to travel anywhere or invest in your own materials. Talk about handy!

As convenient as online training is, face-to-face learning is hard to beat if you have access to it and can work it into your schedule. Unlike online training, you have to show up where the presenter does, but the payoff is that you get to interact with other people live and in person. Classroom options include the following:

  • Seminars: These usually last a half or full day.

  • Formal courses: You can find courses through a nearby community college.

  • Annual Convention and Expo (ACE): This event is put on by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI). It offers a smorgasbord of learning and networking opportunities.

When you’re ready to start continuing your education, the AHDI website is a good place to start picking through options. You also can search the web for “medical transcription continuing education.” If you’re really lucky, there will be a local medical transcription group in your area that brings in presenters from time to time.