**********************MT DAILY ROUNDS, 7/7/00******************

Sponsored by Narratek, maker of Smartype


Tappy...tippy....tappy....up at 5 AM, you're working away.
(Ring!) "Hallo?"
"This is the shop steward. We're going out. Shut down now."
"Well, I'm in the middle of a report...."
"Okay - finish it and send in the work you've done. Absolutely nothing else."
"Ummm....how long do you think this will last?"
.....See http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/unions for more of the story.
Hats off to MTs who transcribe for Johns Hopkins physicians. Best hospital in the country still!

We'll be moving to a garage apartment this weekend, the first one we looked at. The owner of the home has a home business too; she's an Internet service provider! She has a "server farm" in a closet off of her living room. We'll have an ethernet connection to a T1 in that closet. Like moving to the banks of a cyber-river, methinks!

Have a good weekend!


1. New terms at http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/whatsnew including Sarafem, AccuMeter, SAAND, CholesTrak, Aqua-Flow, SAXX renal system, SAXXstent, Opti-PlastXT balloon catheter, Rivetti-Levinson IntraLuminal Shunt, Quick Tack periosteal fixation system, and more. 2. Questions and answers about Medical Billing: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/billing/messages/263.html

3. Which system is the best for backing up your computer? http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/computers/messages/3943.html

4. Help needed with a Crescendo System for Lanier: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/digital/messages/4165.html

5. At-Home or In-House transcription?: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/hospitalmts/messages/2411.html

6. Transitioning from being paid per hour to per line: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/line/messages/2278.html

7. Looking for others who use InstantText with WP9: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/it/messages/137.html

8. Program for $5 per prescription: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/links/messages/520.html

9. Handling a "tape dumper": http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/localmts/messages/1406.html

10. Home remedies for sunburn: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/physicians/messages/3313.html

11. Setting up headers in MedPen: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/medpen/messages/323.html

12. Making macros in MS Word: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/msword/messages/2379.html

13. Getting a raise from a national company: http://www.mtdaily.com/mtbycompany/messages4/7312.html

14. Finding the best transcriber for a new MT: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/newmts/messages2/6045.html

15. A type-happy doctor: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/style/messages/2543.html

16. Picking battles as a Supervisor: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/supervisors/messages/549.html

17. Documenting mileage for taxes: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/taxes/messages/1259.html

18. What is an MT Teacher?: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/teachers/messages/531.html

19. Looking for a Spanish spellchecker for WP51: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/wp51/messages/2027.html

20. How to add Stedman's spellchecker to WP51: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/wp51/messages/2015.html

21. Getting Stedman's 7.0 to work with WP9: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/wpwin/messages/208.html

22. Ideas needed for working when bored: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/5681.html

23. Discussion on Hospital occupancy rate confidentiality: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/5628.html

24. How to handle a tough MT situation: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/backdoor/messages/390.html

25. Considering laser resurfacing on the face: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/beauty/messages/1858.html

26. Ideas for coping with bone cancer: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/casupport/messages/655.html

27. Coping with dementia in elderly parents: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/caring/messages/93.html

28. Magazine adds Caretaker's feature: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/caring/messages/97.html

29. Define Zigalicious: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/cooks/messages/7961.html

30. A "better" Sloppy Joe recipe: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/cooks/messages/7953.html

31. How much has the dieting board lost altogether? http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/winners/messages/3314.html

32. Survivor addict discussion; Gervase survives!: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/stories/messages/2492.html

33. Vacation info for Kansas City: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/friends/messages3/7845.html

34. Congratulations to Nancy on the arrival of her grandson: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/grand/messages/99.html

35. Crochet help needed: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/hobbies/messages/767.html

36. Choosing homeschooling curiculum for a 7th grader: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/homeschool/messages/1647.html

37. Latest joke from the Humor board: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/humor/messages/1690.html

38. Relating to an old flame: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/maleroom/messages/461.html

39. 14-year-old son gets permit: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/teenmoms/messages/542.html

40. 13-year-old daughter at a 3-week summer camp: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/teenmoms/messages/532.html

41. Ideas needed for keeping a 10-year-old boy occupied: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/mothers/messages2/681.html

42. Support needed for Linda W with her son's new diagnosis of Lou Gehrig's disease: http://www.mtdaily.com/vent/messages5/8126.html

43. Bizzymom's moving saga continues: http://www.mtdaily.com/vent/messages5/7633.html

and then http://www.mtdaily.com/vent/messages5/8098.html

44. A riotous Fourth for Ziggy: http://www.mtdaily.com/vent/messages5/7970.html

45. Support for an abused MT: http://www.mtdaily.com/vent/messages5/7792.html

46. What is your favorite funny movie?: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/pandora/messages3/2232.html

47. Buying a family dog: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/petlovers/messages/4659.html

48. What to do for a dog with cataracts: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/petlovers/messages/4656.html

49. Need information on salt-water aquariums: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/petlovers/messages/4629.html

50. Accidental death statistics: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/politics/messages/3531.html

51. Support for a soon-to-be-single mom: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/singlemoms/messages/217.html

52. Thank you notes to these helpers this week at http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/thanks/

Everyone, Connie S, Ziggy, gg, and the "alert team."


1. Children's Hospital of Boston ranked #1 pediatric hospital: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/07-07-2000/0001259814&EDATE=

2. Johns Hopkins ranked top hospital for 10th year: http://hopkins.med.jhu.edu/press/2000/JULY/000707.HTM

3. Schizophrenia and brain differences: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000707/hl/schizophrenia_2.html

4. Stem cell research and ethical issue of using embryos: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000707/hl/stem_cells_4.html

5. Bill Gates giving to global health equity: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000707/hl/gates_1.html

6. Tariff on the sick? http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000707/hl/hiv_drugs_2.html

7. Global AIDs conference starts Sunday: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000707/hl/aids_7.html

8. 13,000 have food poisoning in Japan: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000707/hl/japan_milk_3.html

9. Forbes article on Lernout & Hauspie: http://www.forbes.com/forbes/00/0724/6517122a.htm

10. Optical prosthesis: http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/msjama/articles/vol_283/no_5/jms00016.htm


Thanks to Smartype for sponsoring today's newsletter. Thanks to all who help each other with kindness on all the boards, especially the word boards and the technical boards. Circulation 4,752. -Mary Morken, mary@mtdaily.com, and Lora Payne, lora@mtdaily.com

**********************MT DAILY ROUNDS, 7/14/00**********************

Sponsored by Narratek, maker of Smartype


1. New terms at http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/whatsnew including Reminyl, BRACAnalysis, CliniCath PolyFlow PICC catheter, Antivirogram HIV test, Hemopure, Vortex, tolerogenic therapy, Vibrational Point Therapy, Multi-link pixel coronary stent system, Renagel, Memantine, Menjugate, Fluad, MyoVive, PercuStay, Pleura Stay, SpineVac, fusion inhibitors, annexin-V, Tissell VH fibrin surgical sealant, MammoSite, AeroDose, Rescriptor, Cafcit, and more.

2. Is a refurbished transcriber worth it? http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/6782.html

3. Long distance for 4-5c/min: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/6752.html

4. Leaving lots of blanks: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/6502.html

5. Telefreedom problems: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/6432.html

6. Using a shredder: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/6397.html

7. DOQ: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/5982.html

8. Numb hands: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/5854.html

9. Hand stretch: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/5934.html

10. Saying the wrong thing: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/5839.html

11. Automatic numbering in WP7: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/5812.html

12. How to copy, restore, and print QuickCorrect (Thanks to Wendy K) http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/computers/messages/3993.html

13. Backup systems: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/computers/messages/3943.html

14. Using digital for general transcription: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/digital/messages/4186.html

15. Technology advancing: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/unions/messages/616.html

16. Dialogue with an MT from India: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/world/messages/2382.html

17. Dialogue with an MD from India: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/editors/messages/756.html

18. AAMT agenda: http://www.mtdaily.com/surveys/aamt/messages/317.html

19. AAMT changing? http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/unions/messages/672.html

20. Going to meetings at hospital: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/hospitalmts/messages/2437.html

21. Differing MT styles: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/ethics/messages/1381.html

22. A story of faith: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/faith/messages/29.html

23. Anybody use Emu oil?: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/beauty/messages/1876.html

24. Wanted: A Little Tykes Country Cottage for exchange or purchase: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/exchange/messages/290.html

25. Kentucky Derby pie: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/cooks/messages/8380.html

26. The new insulin: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/disupport/messages/189.html

27. Weight loss for a preteen: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/winners/messages/3367.html

28. Checking in at the Empty Nesters' board: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/nesters/messages/326.html

29. The lastest happenings on Survivor: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/stories/messages/2523.html

30. An herbal medicine for fibromyalgia: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/fisupport/messages/779.html

31. Latest post from the Fine Print board: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/fine/messages/154.html

32. Accepting generosity: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/friends/messages3/7928.html

33. Small-town isolation: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/friends/messages3/7904.html

34. Looking for tips on crocheting baby bonnets: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/hobbies/messages/788.html

35. Is it possible to be an MT and a single mom, and homeschool? http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/homeschool/messages/1654.html

36. Caring for a newly sealed deck: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/house/messages/995.html

40. Washing machine woes: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/house/messages/991.html

41. Newcomer to the military board: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/military/messages/188.html

42. Sites to review music for concerned parents: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/teenmoms/messages/552.html

43. Overprotective of 14 year old? http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/teenmoms/messages/569.html\

44. Balancing work and motherhood: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/mothers/messages2/756.html

45. Accidents in mothering: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/mothers/messages2/774.html

46. Allergy shots for kids: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/mothers/messages2/850.html

47. Support for Bizzymom with the moving blues: http://www.mtdaily.com/vent/messages5/8879.html

48. Update from "Abused": http://www.mtdaily.com/vent/messages5/8846.html

49. What was the first CD you bought? http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/pandora/messages3/2840.html

50. Gopher's got bunnies!: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/petlovers/messages/4736.html

51. Communicating with pets: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/petlovers/messages/4708.html

52. Prayers needed for single mom needing a home: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/prayers/messages/2590.html

53. Single-parent frustrations: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/singlemoms/messages/234.html

54. NASCAR fans, unite!: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/sports/messages/343.html

55. Mary M's new desk view: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/6363.html

56. Special thanks posted on the Thanksgiving Board to TNT, eagle eye, gg, alert team, Twiggy, Connie S, MT Tek, Kemosaab, Cookie, Prayer sayers, Angela T., Cheryl, Barb, Vann Joe, Phyllis, Carol Reese, Ziggy, hfy, Willa, and Trish Merril. 57. Featured transcription classified: HPI Sum tapes for beginning transcription with transcript keys and syllabus, $350; Medical Terminology: A Systems Approach (4th Edition) , $30; Understanding Human Anatomy and Physiology, $25. Both books together $50. See http://www.mtdaily.com/ads.html

58. Featured transcription want ad: Standard cassette transcriber needed for course practice. Must be in good working condition. See http://www.mtdaily.com/wanted.html

59. Featured transcription bargain ad: Stedman's Plus Spellchecker version 5.0. Work with Dos/Windows/Mac systems. Great for someone just starting out. $20 plus $3.25 shipping and handling. See http://www.mtdaily.com/bargain.html


1. Smart drugs with no side effects: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/07-05-2000/0001258155&EDATE=

2. Father to son, split liver: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/07-13-2000/0001264903&EDATE=

3. 97% of US physicians have used Internet; 90% recommend using Internet to patients: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/07-12-2000/0001263537&EDATE=

4. Another survey on physicians' use of Internet. 20% want online medical records access: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/07-12-2000/0001263205&EDATE=

5. The national sleep debt: http://my.webmd.com/content/article/1674.50175

6. Virtual palpation for exams: http://my.webmd.com/content/article/1728.59410

7. Crossing the borders for cheaper medicines: http://my.webmd.com/content/article/1691.50559


8. Poor health in Russia: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000712/hl/babies_1.html

9. India AIDS problem: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000711/hl/india_aids_2.html

10. 40,000 new cases of HIV in US yearly: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000710/hl/hiv_us_1.html

11. Shortage of blood supply: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000710/hl/blood_1.html

12. Allergy testing: http://netwellness.org/mhc/top/003519.htm

13. 10 commandments of computer ethics: http://wise.fau.edu/netiquette/net/ten.html

14. Cyberrage: http://www.time.com/time/daily/0,2960,42247-101000331,00.html

15. Picture of a special hug: http://www.stedward.com/parochial-vicar/stories/rescuing-hug.html

16. Keyboard yoga: http://www.ivillage.com/diet/tools/yoga/

17. Cancer causes, 1/3 genetic, 2/3 environmental: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A31054-2000Jul12.html


Thanks to Smartype for sponsoring today's newsletter. Hope you are enjoying the long midsummer days and keeping cool! I'm enjoying our new apartment with a view of the mountains and a T1 connection to the Internet. I'm adjusting to being constantly online and having almost instant downloading!

Thanks to all who help each other with kindness on all the boards, especially the word boards and the technical boards. May every question gets a response and lots of people find new friends! Circulation 4,779. -Mary Morken, mary@mtdaily.com, and Lora Payne, lora@mtdaily.com

**********************MT DAILY ROUNDS, 7/21/00***********************

Sponsored by Narratek, maker of Smartype

Introducing Patricia I. Mowder, CMT (a.k.a. 007)

As a preteen and teenager, I was in love with Perry Mason and I adored his secretary, Della Street. She was my inspiration to major in office occupations in high school, taking bookkeeping, shorthand and typing. I was not that speedy in shorthand; however, I loved to type and I really liked bookkeeping. I graduated from high school, got married in 1969 to the most wonderful and supportive man in the world, raised one daughter and now have four beautiful grandchildren.

Making the circuit of various jobs, always leaving for better benefits or better pay, I received experience as a clerk typist, Flexowriter operator, Teletype operator, switchboard operator, insurance biller, accounts payable, accounts receivable, medical secretary, medical transcriptionist and independent contractor. Credit belongs to God who has given me my abilities and talents for allowing me to get paid for doing something I love. I especially love doing ORs.

I had started at the hospital as an MT in medical records as a full-time employee in 1977. The Peoria Chapter of AAMT paid for me to take the certification test in 1987 which I passed on the first try. Later I was secretary of our chapter for about a year. In 1988 a cardiology group needed temporary help and allowed me to work at home as an IC. I picked up a few other accounts, and as the work flooded in, I had so much work that I quit my position at the hospital in 1988. Then in 1990 my accounts all dried up and I went back to the hospital. Business started picking up again, so I went to four 10-hour days at the hospital and worked the rest of the time at home. My daughter moved back from out of state in 1998 and was offered an IC position at the hospital where I work if I would mentor her. We accepted and she has done wonderfully since.

Three weeks ago out of the blue came the lightning bolt. My hospital employer of 23 years and our ICs got outsourced to a national company. Now we are taking it one day at a time. Could it be time for a career change? We have learned lots about computers, running our own business, time management, filing tax returns, etc. I believe there will be something for us to do somewhere and our talents will be appreciated. Life does indeed go on.

I like hanging out on the boards of MT Daily and helping mentor others. It keeps my gray cells stimulated and I still learn something new every day!


1. New terms at http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/whatsnew including Innohep, M-Vax, OCTAVE, Uni-Gold, Chrysalin, Xpeedior 100, Sofpulse, Personal Lasette, Resten-NG, Aestiva/5, NeisVac-C, Clarion HiFocus, Zeldox, Pap Plus HPV, Goldenberg SnareCoil, AtLast, B-Complete, Trizivir, MSI, HydroEye, Malarone, and more.

2. Survey on burnout: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/8159.html

3. Chomping or champing at the bit? http://www.mtdaily.com/board/messages42/745.html

4. Silent keyboard? http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/7288.html

5. Off (of) the table? http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/7621.html

6. Health care two words? http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/7553.html

7. How long are we new MTs? http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/8007.html

8. Wanting to work days: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/7858.html

9. Rite-Aid printer sale today: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/8242.html

10. 1980s or 1980's? http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/8127.html

11. Is Newbie an endearing title? http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/8071.html

12. Transcribing coworkers records: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/ethics/messages/1412.html

13. Speech recognition links: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/speech/

14. Abacus rounding line counts: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/line/messages/2367.html

15. Thanks to Paula, dee, hfy, nname, Kathi, Kemosabb, sportie, TT, and everyone who helps on the boards, on http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/thanks

16. Car activities for children? http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/mothers/messages2/934.html

17. Pregnancy advice column: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/humor/messages/1729.html

18. Find out your new name: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/humor/messages/1735.html

19. Traditions for small grandkids? http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/grand/messages/106.html

20. Racial minority MTs: (deleted)

21. Beth's pictures of MTs: http://www.mtdaily.com/vent/messages5/9732.html

22. Internet courtesy: http://www.mtdaily.com/vent/messages5/9603.html

23. Panic attack: http://www.mtdaily.com/vent/messages5/9268.html

24. How to deal with family member who is dealing drugs? http://www.mtdaily.com/vent/messages5/9266.html

25. Childhood pleasures: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/pandora/messages3/3058.html

26. Featured Transcription Classified ad: Dictaphone Straight Talk Model 7120-B1 upgraded to receive 200 minutes of dictation. Two ports for dictation input and one port for transcription. In excellent condition. Purchased used one year ago for $2300+ and completely checked out by Dictaphone when upgraded to 200 minutes. Will sell for $1800 as I no longer need it for the service I work for; I used it for only 6 months. See http://www.mtdaily.com/ads.html

27. Featured Transcription Wanted ad: C-phone, will pay up to $250. I will pay shipping/arrange for pick-up. I was discussing buying one from someone contacted through this board for a good price, but I lost your e-mail when my computer crashed! See http://www.mtdaily.com/wanted.html

28. Featured Transcription Bargain ad: WordPerfect 6.0 DOS - complete with all original manuals in original box also the original template is included. Manuals and template are in perfect condition. $25. See http://www.mtdaily.com/bargain.html

29. Featured General ad: Brand new Brother sewing machine with case. Excellent condition. Used once Sewing is not my bag. Yours for $85.00 plus shipping. See http://www.mtdaily.com/Ads/ads.html


1. Research planned on cell phones: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/07-18-2000/0001268411&EDATE=

2. The dangers of reimported drugs from Mexico and Canada: http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/000718/dc_bio_rei.html

3. FDA approves new Cochlear Implant Electrodes for use in deaf adults: http://www.devicelink.com/bw/9278.html

4. MRI-compatible anesthesia machine: http://www.devicelink.com/bw/2526.html

5. Senate votes for prescription drug imports: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000720/hk/senate_drugs_1.html

6. Heel pain sound wave therapy approved: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20000720/h/1heel_pain_1.html

7. Common screening test missing many colon cancers: http://www.cnn.com/2000/HEALTH/cancer/07/20/colon/index.html

8. Sore muscles and pain relievers: http://www.cnn.com/2000/HEALTH/mayo/07/20/sore.muscles/index.html

9. Pharmacist sues drug store chain over lack of contraceptive coverage: http://www.cnn.com/2000/LAW/07/19/contraceptivelawsuit.ap/index.html

10. Study suggests link between allergies and timing of mother's first period: http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/07/19/allergies.ap/index.html

11. Mom's nurturing can stimulate intelligence: http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/children/07/19/nurturing.intelligence.ap/index.html

12. Coffee brews trouble for the naturally nervous: http://www.cnn.com/2000/HEALTH/diet.fitness/07/07/java.jive.wmd/index.html

13. Genetic testing and family conflicts: http://www.nytimes.com/library/national/science/072100sci-gene-family.html

14. Genetic ethical dilemmas: http://future.newsday.com/12/ftop1212.htm

15. Survey: What is your risk of cancer? http://www.yourcancerrisk.harvard.edu/

16. Test your vision: http://www.gimbel.com/check-yv.htm

17. Depression and stroke risk: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000721/hl/depression_1.html


From Lora: When the recent cyberquake took out our search engines, it was actually music to my ears to hear from folks who missed them. I am happy to announce that they are all back up and running. They will be indexed on a weekly basis and cover nearly all of MT Daily. The Technical search covers the Digital, Equipment, Internet, Speech Recognition, and Computer boards. The Medical Questions search covers our Cancer, Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, Medical Questions, Exercise, Dieters, Ex-Smokers, Health and Beauty, and RSI support boards. The Religion board search covers all the Religion subboards as well as the Debate board. The most important search is the Word board search. This covers all the Word boards and can find many words even when they are totally misspelled. We heartily encourage everyone to use this search before posting a word question. To see the complete list of search engines, see http://www.mtdaily.com/Resources/search.html

Thanks to Smartype for sponsoring today's newsletter. Thanks to all who help each other with kindness on all the boards, especially the word boards and the technical boards. Circulation 4,796. -Mary Morken, mary@mtdaily.com, and Lora Payne, lora@mtdaily.com

**********************MT DAILY ROUNDS, 7/28/00**********************

Sponsored by Narratek, maker of Smartype

Introducing Susan Berzonski
sberz@prodigy.net http://www.absoluteexperience.com

I love my job! Back in 1991 I worked as a registrar for a radiology group for six months before moving to the MT position. My background in nursing, a number of other experiences, and my strong work ethic was enough for my boss to agree that I could do the job even though I had never worked as an MT before. I worked as the sole transcriptionist for them as well as three satellite offices, and in the interim did fill-in work for other offices, mainly urology. Transcribing radiology was a great starting point for me. It was easy to expand from there, as there is a radiological procedure for nearly every part of the human body!

After the birth of my son in 1995 I chose not to return to work outside of my home. My husband was very supportive of my decision even though I didn't have a home job lined up. In the fourth week of my maternity leave I received a call from the urology practice for whom I had been doing fill-in work over the previous year. They needed me again, only this time they were looking for fulltime. One month later I received a call from an internist I knew who frequented the radiology facility. At that point I was transcribing for four physicians and two nurse practitioners while my son was asleep for naps and at night.

In April 1998 I placed a help wanted ad for an MT to work from home part-time as I was becoming overwhelmed. In the following week I received 105 resumes from women hoping for the opportunity to work from home. All but three had no experience. I was so discouraged. I didn't have time at that point to train anyone. Still, I placed calls to several applicants to no avail, and that was the day "Absolute Experience In Medical Transcription" was born. I spent the next two years developing this collection of 12 audio cassettes of physician dictations that MTs can use to get the experience they need to find a job. After all, that's what it's all about: Experience. The tapes were recorded by physicians in their clinical setting. I believe that in the process of becoming an MT a solid foundation is needed, but concentrated experience is the key to success!

Currently I'm transcribing fulltime from home for eight physicians and four nurse practitioners and still loving it! I've mentored other MTs in the past, and I'm currently mentoring my friend and neighbor Jackie who I'd like to complement by saying she is doing a terrific job! My son is http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/whatsnew including real-time radiation therapy, docosanol, nesiritide, Gynazole-1, low-energy cool-beam cataract surgery, Aria graft,Lifestream home cholesterol monitor, Isomed constant-flow infusion system, Colazal, Canavan disease, Provir, Mammex TR mammography, OraSolv, PakSolv, DuraSov, OraVescent, C-bloc, NC-stat monitor, Photogenica V-Star laser, Rotograph Plus, Steri-Neb nebulizer, Ternamian Endo-TIP, FastPack, and more.

2. Strange US city names: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/pandora/messages3/4026.html

3. A mediocre MT? http://www.mtdaily.com/vent/messages5/10047.html

4. MT Daily gathering planned in Portland by Talon: http://www.mtdaily.com/surveys/aamt

5. Low-back pain or low back pain? http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/8449.html

6. Self words and hyphens: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/8615.html

7. Two jobs are better than one: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/8493.html

8. Benefits of natural keyboad: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/8483.html

9. Competing with India in the US: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/9022.html

10. At-Home Professions pros and cons: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/9008.html

11. Footpedals and joy sticks: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/9608.html

12. More photos of MTs: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/9511.html

13. Copies: cc or c? http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/9453.html

14. You know you joined a cheap HMO when: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/humor/messages/1778.html

15. Novel recommendation for moms of special needs kids. http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/specialmoms/messages/619.html

16. Contribute to a book about moms helping teens: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/teenmoms/messages/609.html

17. How many years have you had kids in diapers? http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/mothers/messages2/1031.html

18. Baby Signs being used to communicate with babies before they can talk: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/pandora/messages3/4709.html

19. Free stuff at websites: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages16/8932.html

20. Cindy's keeping 125 lbs off! http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/winners/messages/3457.html

21. Happy 50th Birthday, Janice B! http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/friends/messages3/8125.html

22. Money-saving tips: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/pandora/messages3/4718.html

23. How we choose our MT Daily names: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/pandora/messages3/4660.html

24. List of compliments for doctors! http://www.mtdaily.com/vent/messages6/799.html

25. Return of Bishop Wigweevil on religion board: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/religion/messages4/1571.html

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1. MedQuist stock down: http://cbs.marketwatch.com/archive/20000725/news/current/screamers.htx

2. Meditation for relaxation: http://boards.thriveonline.com/cgi-bin/webx.cgi?14@@.eea1e8d

3. Corneal stem cells: http://www.sciam.com/explorations/2000/071700-cornea/

4. A parrot surfing the web? http://www.discovery.com/news/briefs/20000720/an_netbird.html

5. How babies learn to talk: http://www.latimes.com/health/babysfirst/

6. Web-based physician services getting slow start: http://biz.yahoo.com/ts/000718/kansas_000718.html

7. What does "laser" stand for? List of laser procedures: http://www.edae.gr/laser.html

8. VA homeless grants: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/07-28-2000/0001277726&EDATE=

9. Meditech course now online: http://www.meditec.com/

10. Forgiveness for caregivers: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/07-28-2000/0001277584&EDATE=

11. Cell-division chfr gene discovered: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/07-26-2000/0001275795&EDATE=

12. Migraine headaches: http://migraineaway.com/

13. H. pylori vaccine progress: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/07-26-2000/0001275414&EDATE=

14. Newborn pain consequences: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000727/hl/infancy_1.html

15. A million smiles and some happy music: http://www.send4fun.com/millionp.htm


Thanks to Susan for her bio and for offering two free Absolute Experience specialty practice tapes to the first six MT students or MTs who write her (not mary) email at sberz@prodigy.net and specify one specialty: Radiology, otolaryngology, gastroenterology, urology, cardiology, or neurology.

Thanks to Smartype for sponsoring today's newsletter. Thanks to all who help each other with kindness on all the boards, especially the word boards and the technical boards. Feel free to sign your message board posts with a link to your website if you have one. Circulation 4,814. -Mary Morken, mary@mtdaily.com, and Lora Payne, lora@mtdaily.com