*************************MT DAILY ROUNDS 8/6/99*****************************





They say the most common tangible source of hope for the future, for people around the world is children. Many of us share that feeling. Being able to work is another source of hope, yet it takes hope to look for a job or be able to work well. I always work in front of a window because it give me a sense of hope for the future; I watch the unknown future come like a flowing river. I also like to look forward to something enjoyable we've planned in the next week or two while I'm working. Getting email from friends, meeting new people, hearing good news, and brainstorming for new ideas all stir up hope in me. A good night's sleep helps too!

What gives us hope for medical transcription as a good occupation? For me, it's networking with other MTs, progress in technology, being part of a good MT company, and mentoring a new MT. Many of us share the benefits of the first three, and a few experienced MTs are mentoring new MTs. There are many new MTs hoping against hope to find a mentor and a starting position.

I've been mentoring one new MT for a few weeks. She works on the same account I do and I proofread her work for every detail and send her back the corrected copies. She listens to the dictation again while reading the corrections. Everyday I get to celebrate her new learning and improvement with her. She's doing about five jobs a day now so it doesn't take much of my time. She gives me a fresh appreciation for the good dictators and the years of experience I've had. I look forward to celebrating with her when she is able to support herself, and when she has few blanks and has increased her speed, and is ready for regular QA.

I'm hoping that other experienced MTs will look for a new MT to train, or persuade their company to let them adopt an intern. It's a simple efficient way to train, giving feedback on every detail. This could help with the shortage of experienced MTs and increase the number of American MTs. But it could also be a source of hope as you look to your future, the future of your company, and the future of medical transcription.


1. MT Auction has 15 transcribers for sale:

2. New Clothing Exchange Board: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/exchange

3. New World Trade Message Board: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/world

4. Write email for info on password board for U.S. MTs who oppose dictation going overseas, or want to compete:

5. How MT was done 30 years ago:

6. Medical privacy section removed from HR10:

7. AAMT convention in Kansas City today. Next year in Portland:

8. Vitamin B6 for carpal tunnel:

9. MT farmers and ranchers:

10. What our parents said:


1. First virus created with reverse genetics:

2. Endoscopy terms: http://www.smith-nephew.com/product_endoscopy.htm

3. Narcolepsy gene discovered:

4. Stronger bacterial DNA vaccines:

5. New therapy for depression, sleep deprivation:

6. Hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia gene discovered:

7. Aspirin still better blood thinner than clopidogrel:

8. Naviport deflectable tip guiding catheter:

9. AD7C neural thread protein urine test for Alzheimer's:


Interested in an MT job opportunity with MedQuist? Call toll free 1-877-MT4-MEDQ or email szalascek@medquist.com. Thanks to Medquist for sponsoring this newsletter. Thanks for letting others know about the newsletter. And thanks to all who help each other on the boards. Circulation 3,586. -Mary Morken, mary@mtdaily.com

*************************MT DAILY ROUNDS 8/14/99*****************************




Rosebud, vlgos@yahoo.com: My name is Vickie Lee Gosling. I grew up in Roby, Texas, 50 miles west of Abilene. I lived there all my first 18 years and graduated from Roby High School in 1971. Roby is a small town of 786 people - probably less now! When I graduated from high school what I really wanted to do was go to court reporting school. In checking out schools, I soon realized that it was too expensive. My high school counselor told me about a program at Hendrick Hospital in Abilene to become an ART and learn all aspects of medical records. It was directed by Eloise "Tillie" Odom. It was one of the few programs of its kind in the U.S.; she had over 200 applications each year and only accepted eight students per year, so I was honored to be accepted to her class. We lived in the dorm across the street from the hospital, had classes and worked in the records room five days a week for nine months. We had classes in anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, medical terminology, medical records science, statistics, transcription and coding. We also worked in different areas of the hospital while training: PT, business office, ER and lab to name a few. It was a very intense program and we had lots of studying.

Tillie was a great teacher and expected nothing but the best from her students. Believe it or not, tuition was $100 and books were $98! "Tillie's girls" are known throughout the US. She was very well known in the industry and highly respected by all who knew her. She was very strict and always kept us in line.

We observed in the OR, labor and delivery, and emergency room, and also observed autopsies. She certainly believed in hands-on teaching. She was truly a remarkable woman and all who studied under her are very proud to be known as one of "Tillie's girls"!

When I finished school and got my state accreditation as an ART, my first job was in a small hospital records room doing just about everything. But the more I worked, the more I realized that transcription was the part that I loved most. I continued working in hospitals for the next five years. Then I started taking transcription home and doing it at night and realized that working at home was really what I wanted to do. Throughout my career of 27 years as a transcriptionist, I have worked in hospitals, worked for transcription services, proofread for services and then worked at home for the last 21 years. As I always tell transcriptionists starting out, I do believe that the hospital experience is invaluable and I think everybody needs it.

I now have a small transcription service, VLG Transcription in Carrollton, Texas, just north of Dallas. I have been doing this for about 10 years. We now do dictation for four gastroenterologists, one orthopedist, one internal medicine doctor and one plastic surgeon. I have one MT who I have trained from the beginning. She had never had terminology when we first met. She was a quick learner and I really enjoyed training her. I trained another MT who had had minimal experience, and I am currently training two others.

About March of this year I found MT Daily. What a wonderful resource it is to us all! Then one night I got really brave and thought I would try the chat room. I was a little shy at first but I don't think anybody would call me shy now! In the chat room, I am known as Rosebud which is a nickname given me many years ago by a former employer. The first time I went to chat, I went in as vlg and told everybody where I was from. Then somebody said, "You wouldn't be Vickie Gosling would you?" That just about scared me to death! That was my first chat with SherBear. Now we chat daily if our work allows! Then we realized that we went to the same school and had many similarities in our lives. We both are native Texans, grew up in small Texas towns, are MTs with small services, and last but not least, we are both Tillie's girls. We fast became friends and even got together for dinner in July! We know lots of the same people and always seem to find something to talk about. Just goes to show, it's a small world after all!

SherBear, SherryBur9@aol.com: I am Sherry Burton, SherBear to many of you. I have only been on-line since about the first of the year. I have been an MT for 31 years. My career has included working in hospitals, doctor's office, and for a midsized service. I now run a small service from my home in Merkel, Texas, which is 15 miles west of Abilene. I was very excited to find MT Daily and especially Chat, since that gave me the opportunity to "talk" to other MTs, to people who understand the things that I go through every day, the frustrations as well as the joys. I have made some incredible friends through Chat.

I have been an MT since 1968, after graduating from an ART program at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene. This was a very unique school, and as far as I know, no such school exists today. The program was a nine-month program. During that time we had classes in anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, medical record science, statistics, transcription, and coding. We worked in the medical record department and also in the admissions office, physical therapy, laboratory, and emergency room. We also observed births, surgeries, and autopsies. It is hard to believe that so much was packed into nine months, but it was a very intense program. This program was directed by Eloise Odam (Tillie). She also helped develop the correspondence course in the early years of ART certification. She was a remarkable woman and almost a legend in her own time in the medical record field. She accepted about eight girls a year into her school from 1954 until 1978 when she retired. We lived in the nurses' dorm, ate in the hospital cafeteria, and had to wear white uniforms (length had to be approved by Tillie) and white shoes. Tuition was $100, books were $75, and room and board was included (quite a bargain even back in those days). From the first day we started the program, she told us we were professionals and that is the way we were to behave and think. To this day, when faced with a problem pertaining to work, I many times ask myself, "What would Tillie do in this situation?" She was a big influence in my life and especially in my career. Throughout the United States, we are still known as "Tillie's girls."

Tillie died in 1996 at the age of 87. She lived a full and active life up until about 1994 at which time she had some mini-strokes and had to be placed in a nursing home. While running a medical records department and directing the school, she cared for a husband who was disabled with rheumatoid arthritis. I never really knew how she was able to do all she did! She had one son, John Odam, who lives in Houston and is an attorney. He considers all of "Tillie's girls" to be his sisters since he never had any!

A very interesting thing happened during one of my first times in MT Daily Chat. Everyone was asking, "Where are you from?" One lady said she was from Carrollton, Texas, and was signed on as VLG. Something clicked in my mind. I "knew of" a Vickie Gosling who lived in Carrollton and was a graduate of Tillie's school. She had attended the school a few years after me, and we shared some mutual friends. I asked her if she was one of Tillie's girls. Much to my delight she said, "Yes, I am!" From there, we have become the very best of friends and chat almost daily. We have a lot of things in common, including family and friends, and each of us running our own transcription service. We got to re-new our acquaintance "face-to-face" a couple of weeks ago and had a wonderful time. Thanks to MT Daily, I have developed a very special friendship with Rosebud.


1. New board for local MTs who are ICs:

2. Late paychecks: http://www.mtdaily.com/mtbycompany/messages/5289.html

3. MTs who do operations:

4. Cleaning up vulgar dictation:

5. Pirating of software:
http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages11/4733.html and http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages11/4851.html

6. Dictation background noises:

7. Strange foods we consume:

8. More discussion on world transcription:

9. Twingle Mimi's 33-week twins born and home now:


1. Temodar (temozolomide) brain tumor chemo:

2. New online discount medical supplies:

3. Human mammary tumor virus (HMTV) and breast cancer:

4. 8.4 million Americans have survived cancer:

5. New medical website: http://www.myhealtheon.com

6. Trichotillomania and trichobezars:

7. Aspirin and stomach cancer:

8. New Kinerase cream for wrinkles:

9. InterStim therapy for incontinence:

10. "New Beginning" D114S angioplasty catheter:

11. Depression and reversible brain dysfunction found by transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS):

12. Lots of free stuff: http://www.free.com and http://www.almostfree.com


Thanks to Smartype for sponsoring this newsletter. While our free giveaways of Smartype are over, Narratek is offering a special MT Daily Rounds $30 discount on Smartype disk, with a free abbreviation addon sent by email attachment. Total price including $8 shipping is $173, a $253 value. Write E-mail to Joe Weber at joeweber@alum.mit.edu, call 617 566-1066, or fax 617 566-2500, or order at http://www.narratek.com. Mention MT Daily Rounds and the discount price. Thanks for letting others know about the newsletter. And thanks to all who help each other on the boards. Circulation 3,646. -Mary Morken, mary@mtdaily.com

*************************MT DAILY ROUNDS 8/21/99*****************************


Jeri Schnure, s1989@alltel.net

I started on a journey 30 years ago into Transcription Land, back in the days of manual typewriters and magnetic dictation belts. I thought I was just taking a summer desk job. The hospital was small with only two physicians on staff, a surgeon and a GP. I had one year at the University of Pittsburgh and planned to stay out one year and then return to obtain a teaching certificate. The anatomy and physiology course I had taken came in handy, as did my typing expertise. The challenge soon arose to make it through an entire report with two carbon copies without a single error, thereby avoiding the curse of the white-out bottle.

Soon I realized that this desk job was educational and not the least bit boring. I had become part of the healthcare team. My supervisor stressed the importance of producing documents that could stand in court, error-free and grammatically sound. I even enjoyed the occasional pressure that came with a transfer summary or a preoperative history that was dictated stat.

Over the years, I began to notice changes in the MT world. Soon there were electric typewriters, then electric typewriters with an erase key (suddenly the white-out bottle became an emergency paint patch in the kitchen drawer), and then electric typewriters with memory. Somewhere in this span of time someone invented the copy machine and I kissed the black fingers and carbon paper goodbye. Cassette tapes long ago replaced the magnetic belts, and then call-in systems and digital dictation appeared. Then suddenly the PC world opened wide. So after 20-25 years of changes and advances, I finally landed the job of a lifetime: Working at home!

Another huge advancement was finding MT Daily two years ago. It has been such a blessing to have so much information on hand. I have met so many nice people on-line. On my state board, I found a request for a mentor. After many trials and errors and e-mails, we finally established a relationship. Then in a chat one evening, I offered to mentor another lady from my same state. Then I posted a note on the New MT board; I received over 50 responses. Currently I am mentoring 20 wonderful, eager and teachable MTs, splitting the money I receive from my national company with them. I have hired an editor to help with the proofing of 100-200 files per day.

The dictionary definition of a mentor is "a wise and faithful counselor or monitor." When I looked this up, I was surprised to find the word "faithful" but realize that is a very important part of being a mentor. Being dedicated, being available and being full of faith, believing that my mentoring program will enable my students to be top-notch MTs who can work from home, financially contribute to their household, raise their children and be everything that we are called to be. I would like to encourage other established MTs to mentor someone. Giving out does your heart good!

(If you would like to mentor or would like a mentor, see http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/teachers)


1. New MT Marketplace: http://www.mtdaily.com/marketplace

2. More than 50 items on MT Auction:

3. Privacy of Medical Records, News:

4. Should companies disclose to MDs/MTs if they send dictation overseas?

5. Drug trademarks to watch for:

6. Faster shut down of Win98:

7. Self-trained MTs?

8. Questionable MT help-wanted ads:

9. Do we need to know definitions?

10. Preparing for a party:


1. BioXanthin dietary supplement: http://www.cyanotech.com

2. Basidiobolus ranarum:

3. What is an orphan drug? http://www.fda.gov/cder/handbook/orphan.htm

4. Memory and cognition enhancement with AMPA-receptor modulating compounds:

5. SBL Vaccin for cholera epidemic in Madagascar:

6. Epoxyeicosatrienoic acids prevent heart disease:

7. First time fetal brain activity seen to respond to music:

8. Heartburn? Sleep on your left side:

9. Epstein-Barr related to breast disease:

10. Coffee pros and cons:

11. Coupon Board:

12. Free Stuff Mailing List:


Thanks for letting others know about the newsletter. And thanks to all who help each other on the boards. Circulation 3,696. -Mary Morken, mary@mtdaily.com

*************************MT DAILY ROUNDS 8/27/99*****************************



My name is Linda Perata (chat name "LinnySue," azusa2@juno.com). I'm a wife, the mother of a 13-year-old daughter, and a Career Step home-study MT student who is just loving my studies. I'm very new to the MT world but becoming more familiar with it every day through MT Daily and my studies.

I first became interested in MT after I met Mary Morken through her daughters at a Mother's Day brunch last May here in Park City. I didn't know much about Mary or what she did. We had a conversation that day regarding medical transcription. I told her I had been looking for some part-time work I could do from home by computer. She thought I might be interested in medical transcription and suggested I visit her website. Being the cyberperson that I am, I did just that as soon as I got home. All I can say is that a line was reeled out to me, and I was hooked! I loved reading all the different posts from just about every board I clicked on. I learned so much in such a short amount of time through everything I read. I even became brave and posted a few questions of my own about MT education and schools. I was delighted when I would return and find a reply waiting for me. I was like a little kid in a candy shop! After researching the available options for MT education, I decided to go with a home-study course that is based in my area. That way I could just drive to their office, look at the materials, meet the staff, and sign up that day if I liked what I saw. I did. I've been devouring this course and enjoying the challenge of learning a new field.

In June I visited family in New York. While away, Mary e-mailed me and asked if I would like to do some editing of the oldest Word Board Archives, creating "Best of the Archives" in a more readable and printable format (http://www.mtdaily.com/board/index4.html and earlier indexes). She did warn me that it would be boring work, but I wasn't too concerned about that. I felt this new job would be a great stepping-stone and afford me an opportunity to make money and learn more. I was right. Working on the Word Board Archives has further enhanced my MT studies. I read the past posts of terminology questions and answers and then cut and paste them onto the new page. This exposes me to the medical language and has become a great learning tool. Everything is evolving so quickly for me in this new field and I hope to graduate in a couple of months. Who knows, I'm enjoying myself so much in the archives, maybe I'll stick around a lot longer than I had planned! Only 365 index pages to go! Thank you, Mary, and my new MT friends for reaching out to me and being such a great help and support. See you on the boards!


1. New spotlight on current interesting posts: http://www.mtdaily.com

2. Three word boards now for speed and better indexing:

3. Survey on nationalities on World Trade Board:

4. Review of Avant Stellar keyboard:

5. Disc or disk? http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages11/7151.html

6. Not getting paid?

7. Free first aid kits:

8. OK City MT get together 8/29:

9. $25 coupon for medbookstore.com:

10. Getting rid of porno E-mail:

11. What's on 63 MT desks?

12. Being a better self-boss:

13. New study aid for medical terms:


1. Raplon (rapacuronium), surgical muscle relaxant:

2. tenectoplase after MI: http://www.pslgroup.com/dg/125e7a.htm

3. Topiglan, topical for impotence:

4. Apligraf for diabetic ulcers: http://www.pslgroup.com/dg/123172.htm

5. Visudyne for AMD: http://www.pslgroup.com/dg/122af2.htm

6. Survey in process on skiing or snow boarding injuries last winter:

7. Male and female pain regimens:

8. Aciphex for reflux and ulcers: http://www.pslgroup.com/dg/122272.htm

9. Celebrex (arthritis), Celexa (depression), and Cerebyx (antiseizure) confusion:

10. "Restore" saliva test to customize hormone-replacement therapy:

11. Dieting and bone density loss:

12. Hismanal recalled:

13. Caregiver zone, Johns Hopkins:

14. Bubonic plague vaccine:

15. 36,000 women sue Norplant:

16. Social gene may lead to help with autism:


Thanks for letting others know about the newsletter. And thanks to all who help each other on the boards. Circulation 3,738. -Mary Morken, mary@mtdaily.com, 435-615-7158. (awaiting arrival of new grandbaby!)