*********************MT DAILY ROUNDS, 6/25/99***********************

BROUGHT TO YOU COMPLIMENTS OF
YOUR OFFICE GENIE, MONROVIA, CALIFORNIA
HIRING MTS LIVING IN AMERICA ONLY
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NEW BIOGRAPHY ON MT DAILY
NAUREEN MIRZA
http://www.mtdaily.com/mt2/world.html

THIS WEEK ON MT DAILY

1. Now over 70 jobs and 440 resumes on MTjobs.com. Sign up for weekly email job listing at http://www.mtjobs.com

2. Stand-up Tables and Soft Cushions:
http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages10/6936.html

3. AMA Labor Organization:
http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages10/6839.html (also see
http://www.ama-assn.org/advocacy/statemnt/990623s.htm)

4. Hospital Gossip: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages10/7100.html

5. Meeting Famous People:
http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/friends:/message3/1845.html

6. Sudomotor: http://www.mtdaily.com/board/messages15/1424.html

7. Online Proofreading: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/typos

8. Death Penalty:
http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/religion/messages2/1749.html

INTERNET LINKS AND NEW DRUGS

1. Replacement for pacemaker:
http://www.ivanhoe.com/docs/backissues/endaracingheartbeat.html
(Guidant Heart Rhythm Technology (HRT) Linear Ablation System)

2. Medtronic's Hancock II tissue heart valve:
http://www.medtronic.com/news/19990624110755.html

3. Medtronic's AneuRx Stent Graft System:
http://www.medtronic.com/news/19990624083518.html

4. Calculate your blood alcohol level:
http://www.healthline.com/tools/bloodalc.htm

5. Life Saving Vest for heart shocks:
http://www.ivanhoe.com/stream/lifesavingvest.html

6. Ditropan XL for incontinence:
http://www.ivanhoe.com/stream/incontinencepill.html

7. Nitinol Stents: http://www.memry.com/prodfrm.htm

8. Medical Records Privacy Legislation:
http://web.lexis-nexis.com/more/ahi/19492/4745497/1

LET OTHERS KNOW

1. First-to-Know Medical Breakthroughs Email Newsletter:
http://www.ivanhoe.com

2. New Surgical Equipment: http://www.medicaldesignonline.com

3. Email of Independent Contractor Report: http://www.workerstatus.com

4. Email of New England Journal of Medicine Table of Contents.
http://www.nejm.org/general/text/toc.form.html

5. Email of JAMA Table of Contents: http://www.ama-assn.org/scipub.htm

6. Email of American Medical News: http://www.ama-assn.org/amnews

7. Research Medical News: http://www.newspage.com

8. Email of Healthlines: http://www.healthline.com

9. For Health Questions: http://www.thriveonline.com

THANK YOU!

Special thanks to Angela T., Vanka, Cody, and many others for their generous help on the Word Board! Thanks to Your Office Genie (http://www.mtdaily.com/companies/messages/279.html) for their sponsorship of this newsletter and for hiring online MTs! Thanks to all for letting others know about the newsletter. Circulation 3,260. -Mary Morken, mary@mtdaily.com, 435-615-7158.

*********************MT DAILY ROUNDS, 6/18/99************************

BROUGHT TO YOU COMPLIMENTS OF
YOUR OFFICE GENIE, MONROVIA, CALIFORNIA

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BIO OF JENNIFER MARTIN OF MT MONTHLY AND
REVIEW OF SYSTEMS SCHOOL OF MT
http://www.mtmonthly.com
jennifer@mtmonthly.com

I got into medical transcription like most of the good things that have happened to me. It hit me upside the head when I wasn't looking! I was one of those strange creatures that loved to type. I used to type my friends' papers in college for free, just because I had so much fun doing it. After graduating with a degree in biology, my husband Clint and I moved from Winfield, Kansas, to Kansas City, Missouri, to be near my family.

While looking for a teaching job, I took a job transcribing Social Security documents, which included a combination of medical and legal terms. The lady I worked for worked out of her basement, and I worked alongside of her. I loved the work and going to work in shorts! When my boss's husband was transferred, I was sadly out of a job. From there I went to work for the gas company. It was a union position and gave me a total distaste for the corporate world.

After a year of that I decided to bite the bullet and start my own word processing and transcription service with a $1,000 loan for a computer from my grandpa. Being a na´ve 22 year old, I mistakenly thought the business would come to me! Because Clint's $4.20-an-hour job wasn't cutting the mustard, I went to work for a temporary service for a while. Then I applied for an ophthalmology transcription position. I think they were impressed that I could spell "conjunctiva," because they hired me on the spot.

For two months I worked in the ophthalmology office. When the office manager started eyeballing my office for her own, I offered to work at home, which they fortunately agreed to. A couple of years later I added a general medicine account and found myself with a full-time business at home. I loved it!

In 1990 I discovered Prodigy and a group of MTs that remain dear to me to this day. We were the online pioneers! It was so nice to find others working at home like myself. I discovered that there were software programs and books just for us, and my work immediately got easier and faster.

In 1993 I started publishing MT Monthly. I felt there was a need for a monthly publication to keep us all updated on drugs and new books, etc. Through the blessings and subscriptions of my Prodigy friends, I went forth with the idea. We are still publishing the newsletter and have approximately 1,400 subscribers nationwide.

Meanwhile Clint quit his job as a collection manager for Citibank (can you blame him?) to work at home with me. Between the newsletter and my local accounts, I needed the help. He sat next to me for months learning to transcribe, and did a super job at it!

With Clint's help at home, I decided to venture into the education end of things. My first love has always been teaching. When a teaching position at the local community college opened, I applied and got it. It was rather intimidating though; I had 70 students each semester. I found myself learning right along with my students. Because there was not a good transcription training program in Kansas City, I approached the college about starting one. They were not interested so I took it upon myself to start a program independent of the college. That's how the Review of Systems School of Medical Transcription came to life in 1995.

Our school soon got plugs in several magazines and books which helped it get off to a good start! We don't advertise and are blessed with a constant flow of new students who come to us via word of mouth. I just love seeing people bloom in their new career! I feel like a proud mother hen watching her chicks make their way in the world.

A few years ago juggling it all got to be a bit much. When I couldn't find time to squeeze in a trip to the grocery store, I knew it was time to slow down. So I gave my local accounts to one of my students. I've gotten better about relaxing over the years. We have two children, Evan 9 and Abbey 7, so we keep plenty busy in our free time. This summer we're enjoying the neighborhood pool and our season passes to Worlds of Fun. Our 17-year-old niece came to spend the summer with us and is watching the kids while we work. I'm going to hate to see her go home!

I'm very content with where I am now in my career. We do have the potential for growth, but I worry about losing that personal attention we are able to provide students and subscribers now. It is also hard to let go of some of the things I am doing now -- you know, it's that perfectionistic thing that so many of us possess! I look forward to seeing how our field progresses with the new millennium. It's definitely an exciting time!

THIS WEEK ON MT DAILY

1. Now there's a list of jobs on one page on http://www.mtjobs.com Click on "Find." Local MT services can now search MTjobs.com resume database for local applicants for a $100/year subscription. Over 320 resumes and 54 jobs were posted in the first 14 days. Post company profiles free.

2. The search engine on the Word Board only searches that board for faster word searches.

3. Stedman's Plus 7.0 spellchecker is now available. Call 800-527-5597 for technical support and 800-638-3030 to order.

4. Proofreading: As you go, when you're done, or full audio review?
http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages10/5157.html

5. Proposed changes in IC/employee status, Bill HR1525:
http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages10/5430.html

6. A story of unfairness to learn from:
http://www.mtdaily.com/vent/messages3/5481.html

INTERNET LINKS AND NEW DRUGS

1. Minimed's new continuous tissue glucose monitoring approved:
http://www.msnbc.com/news/280691.asp#BODY

2. Organ transplant shortage: Rebates the answer?
http://www.msnbc.com/news/280729.asp#BODY

3. RotaShield and other rotavirus vaccines:
www.medscape.com/SCP/IIM/1998/v15.n06/m3368.oran/m3368.oran.html

4. Injection of gene to induce vessel growth in heart:
http://Drkoop.com/healthnews/latest/june/regrow.html

5. Gum infections may cause strokes:
http://Drkoop.com/healthnews/latest/june/gum_stroke.html

6. Asthma on the increase:
http://www.acsh.org/press/editorials/asthma052998.html

7. Daily health, pharmaceutical and biotech news:
http://www.prnewswire.com/health/HEA-MTC.shtml

8. Cord blood banks growing, for future stem cell cures for families:
http://search.yahoo.com/bin/search?p=%22cord+blood%22

LET OTHERS KNOW

1. Private company boards available for MTs from Edix, Healthscribe, MDI-NY, MedQuist, Medscribe/FL, MedTran PDS, MedWare, Omnimed, Oracle, Phoenix Medcom, Range, Rapid Transcript, Rodeer, Transcend, TSI, and YOG. Private boards are available for more companies and MT networking and mentoring teams.

2. Used dictation and transcription equipment, books and tapes for sale at http://www.mtdaily.com/ads.html. Coming soon: MTauction.com

3. Disabled student needs hand pedal for a Panasonic RR-830 transcriber. Email if you have access to one.

THANK YOU!

>From Fur: "I would like to thank everyone for their wonderful support since the loss of my beloved hubs. Four weeks ago I buried him and it has been the worst four weeks of my life. I don't know what I would do without all you guys. Thanx to all so very much."

>From Lil: "You all have been wonderful and I really do appreciate all of your support. I think, because of the help I sought here, that I got the incentive to call my father-in-law and get him involved. (Lil's life had been threatened.) Today is the first day of the rest of my life! I love ya'll! Thank you."

*************************MT DAILY ROUNDS, 6/11/99*****************************

BROUGHT TO YOU COMPLIMENTS OF

YOUR OFFICE GENIE, MONROVIA, CALIFORNIA

30 YEARS STRONG AND GROWING
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WHY DO WE DO THIS YEAR AFTER YEAR?
by Mary Morken

(I wrote this two years ago, feeling inspired. Hope it inspires you!)

I finished typing for the day around 9:00 p.m. as usual, having started at 3:00 a.m. with a midday nap to keep my senses alert. Next morning at 5:30 the answering machine played a quiet message I could hear in my sleep, "Can you pick up a STAT?" I jumped out of bed on automatic pilot and told the operator that I would do it. I clicked on the computer and dialed the hospital on my C-phone. Sure enough, someone was being transferred at 6:00 a.m., ambulance waiting, and the report was 10 minutes long. Typing along, I thought, "Why do I do this?" It's not even hard anymore. Why do hundreds of MTs live like this?

Is it the far-off sense of a patient who needs us? The weary doctors who don't know how to use computers but know how to heal? The money that comes from our fingers' faithful flying? The sense of loyalty to our company or hospital? Childhood training that taught us that work is good and what we were made for? The primitive nurturing instinct for those of us who are women, who from time immemorial have responded to the hungry cry of a newborn in the early morning hours? Some sick addiction that has deceived us into being slaves in the electronic sweatshop? Some destructive twist of our religious upbringing that work gives us some kind of self-deserved salvation?

None of these things satisfied my searching mind as I typed. But as I sent the document in and called the operator who was very relieved, I thought about some other unknown sleeping MT who would have been rudely awakened if I hadn't picked up the phone.

Then I remembered something from my son's Marine officers' graduation. There was talk of being willing to die out of duty to God, family, and country, and the motto, "Always faithful." But what shocked me was the notion that what really gave Marines courage to fight in the thick of battlefield chaos was their love for their fellow Marines. They were told they could count on this love to motivate them when all else seemed senseless. At the time I thought how incongruous this was to the typical image of a tough Marine. It even seemed feminine. Love?

But as I began my morning routine of sweeping dictations from the night, it sank in deeper. Somewhere out there, just as remote as the patient and the doctor, were hundreds of transcriptionists who would be measuring their day by lines, reading doctors' minds, and typing the same things over and over. They would feel isolated and exhausted just like I would. Strangely, this idea of love for these people now seemed masculine, even military. I was convinced that it was love for other MTs that distilled out on that morning watch when nothing else made sense of my actions. It's still a strange thought to me, but I'm still convinced.

THIS WEEK ON MT DAILY

1. The first week of mtjobs.com brought in over 228 resumes to the searchable database, and 36 new jobs from 25 companies. Company profiles and express job searching are available from the homepage at http://www.mtjobs.com. For companies and schools to subscribe, see http://database.mtjobs.com/Sign_Up/sign_up.cfm -David Morken

2. List of medical word parts with definitions:
http://www.mtdaily.com/board/messages14/6128.html

3. Medieval jobs revisited, a fun quiz:
http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/friends/messages2/8141.html

4. Jungian personality types, another fun quiz:
http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/friends/messages3/615.html

5. Word Board Survey: 1,473 books! (About 15 per MT):
http://www.mtdaily.com/board/messages14/4774.html

6. Divided opinion on whether public correction online is courteous:
http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages10/2556.html

7. Kudos to the successful dieters:
http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/winners

INTERNET LINKS AND NEW DRUGS

1. Virus experts advise caution when opening email attachments and not forwarding virus or hoax warnings.

List of virus hoaxes:
http://www.datafellows.com/news/hoax.htm#p

List of recent viruses:
http://www.datafellows.com/v-descs/_new.htm

2. Drug News and Perspectives:
http://www.prous.es/journals/dnp/last/index.cfm

3. New Drugs on RX List: http://www.rxlist.com/whatsnew.htm

4. Nabi-HB for Hepatitis B: http://www.nabi.com/Pscibinfo1.html

5. huperzine A, Chinese herb to protect memory (MT job security!):
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/journals/archive/jama/vol_277/no_10/mn7045.htm

6. First male animal clone, genetic keys to resisting malaria, and pharmacogenetics (genetic-related reactions to drugs):
http://genetics.nature.com/press_release/ng0699.html

7. IL-1hY2: Discovery of anti-inflammatory-related gene:
http://www.hyseq.com/scripts/pressRelease.cfm?id=56&grp=1

8. Math1: Discovery of a hearing-related gene:
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/headlines/hl/story.html?s=v/nm/19990610/hl/he10_1.html

9. Thanks to Niranjan for this excellent site on information technology and health care: http://www.brint.com/Medicine.htm

LET OTHERS KNOW

1. Adoption support private board. Write for info.

2. Free WP5.1 enriched medical spellchecker. Fast, and you can add and delete words from main list. Write me Email.

3. 13,000 abbreviations and long forms for any speed-typing program available free at http://www.mtdaily.com/abbvs.txt

4. Coupon for $25 at MedBookStore:
http://www.medbookstore.com/promo25.cfm

5. Remember two online MTs who are fighting with cancer, Darlene H and Healing Heart. Seehttp://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/casupport

6. Tuesday, June 15th, Interview of FutureNet and information on their new digital programs at http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/leaders

THANK YOU!

Correction from last week's newsletter: Theresa Koenke's business in Colorado is called Golden Psychiatric Transcription, Etc.

I'm available daily via Email and phone. Thanks to Your Office Genie http://www.mtdaily.com/companies/messages/279.html() for their sponsorship of this newsletter and for hiring online MTs!

*************************MT DAILY ROUNDS, 6/4/99*****************************

BROUGHT TO YOU COMPLIMENTS OF

YOUR OFFICE GENIE

WITH 1,000 MTS AND GROWING
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BIOGRAPHY OF AN ONLINE MT
THERESA KOENKE,teekay1111@aol.com

I decided to change careers and become an MT about six years ago. I had seen one of those often-misleading ads for an MT correspondence course in the back of a magazine. Only after doing some research and reading a number of career and business books did I decide to take the big leap into this new profession. I felt that my strong language skills, interest in medicine and love of words, and my desire to eventually work at home could translate into success as an MT, and I was right! I also realized that I wouldn't make tons of money and that working at home wouldn't happen automatically, but I knew the job outlook for MTs was excellent and I would probably learn a lot. It's a decision I've never regretted.

I passed a correspondence course in record time and took a semester-long medical terminology course at the local college. I then went to the state job bank daily for two weeks in a row and taught myself WordPerfect on their computers. Luckily, within a month I found two job openings. One was my "dream job" as behavioral health care transcriptionist for a health center less than a mile from my home in Burlington, Vermont. Fortunately, my course had prepared me for the probability that getting my first job might be difficult. Was it ever! Here I was, a college graduate with a 4.0 average in my MT courses, and I had to really push and sell myself to convince the health center coordinator that I had had some related experience and would be an asset to her mental health department. Talk about sweating it out! After two interviews, I landed the job.

I stayed at that job happily for 1-1/2 years until my former partner was transferred to Albany, New York. With some actual job experience behind me, I had an offer from every ad I answered. I had made a goal to become a CMT, so I chose the toughest and least-paying job from all of the offers, working onsite for a transcription service. I was "thrown" on just about every account during my 2-1/2 years with them. My experience there was difficult and frustrating in many ways and compounded by a number of personal crises, including the death of my brother one month before the exam, but transcribing in so many medical subspecialties was a great way to get the necessary experience to pass the CMT exam, which I accomplished in 1997.

The job with the service proved invaluable as well in learning a lot of ins and outs of the profession; it helped me determine what I wanted to pursue as my career goals and work environment. This past October I took a few more giant leaps, taking my feline friend, Blue, on the move to Colorado to be with my now-fiance, after meeting him online and courting via email, chat, snail mail and some face-to-face visits for eight months. I started my business, Gold Psychiatric Transcription, Etc., as an IC specializing in psychiatry. MT Daily has been an indispensable resource in this endeavor! Within two months, I found my first services to work for as a subcontractor through the MT Daily jobs page. It's also been a treat to network with and meet other Colorado MTs through the MT Daily Colorado state board. I've spent the past six months subcontracting and setting up house here in the foothills of the Rockies. I enjoy the peace and quiet of the mountain woods and the not-so-quiet howling of our two huskie/malamutes, Helen and Romulus, who happen to love my cat, and vice versa. I tend our large number of house plants, meditate, and work out regularly, activities which are an important balance to sitting at a computer for hours on end. I also am an avid reader and writer of Japanese haiku poetry and belong to an international haiku salon online. The internet has been good to me in so many ways!

I really love the flexibility of working at home and slowly growing my business. My next goal is to get my own clients within the next two years. I love the challenges presented by our ever-changing profession and being my own boss. I enjoy continuing my education through AAMT and networking with other MTs. I've learned so much after completing my MT course and getting out into "the real world." The biggest lessons have been those of assertiveness and prioritizing, following my bliss, taking risks, and taking pride in being an MT.

THIS WEEK ON MT DAILY

1. MTjobs.com is up! There were about 30 more job ads this week on the MT Daily Jobs page, with local positions in Queens, California, Kalamazoo, Ft. Lauderdale, North Dallas, Illinois, Houston, Chicago (technical rep), Tyler, and Michigan State University. But now there are searchable database job listings at http://www.mtjobs.com. Six company ads so far from Matrix/MedTran, Sten-Tel, CPR Technologies, TransCyber, World Wide Dictation, and Superior Office Solutions. Post your resume and search job listings free on mtjobs.com. Send ideas to improve the service to david@morken.com

2. New private boards on MT Daily for single moms, for MTs in a serious crisis, and for MTs who transcribe over 300 lph. Write me for passwords if you are interested.

3. Confidentiality Thread: Note especially post by "grateful", same person who recommended using an alias for medical records: "It's been liberating to hear people checking in with themselves and each other -- putting together their beliefs and boundaries about the issue."
http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages10/135.html

4. For some community humor, check out the MT company roasts at http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/mentors10/799.html

5. Questions to ask when looking for work with an MT company:
http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages10/842.html

6. India businessmen: Presumptuous opportunists? What do you think?:
http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages10/1645.html

7. Computer disaster warning:
http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages10/1662.html

INTERNET LINKS TO NEW DRUGS

1. FDA new approved drug list:
http://www.fda.gov/cder/approval/index.htm

2. New heart medication, TNK-t-PA, may be hard to hear in dictation:
http://www.boehringer-ingelheim.com/corporat/press/rel0020.htm

3. Brand New Monthly Drug Infoline:
http://199.170.17.10/pubs/druginfoline/druginfo_hp.html

4. SangCya (cyclosporine), Ferrlecit for IDA, MiraLax for constipation, Miglitol for NIDDM: New Drug Watch by DOD:
http://www.pec.ha.osd.mil/9905web/9905pg6.htm

YOU CAN HELP OTHERS

"Without help the person whose heart stops beating properly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness. However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously. A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest. A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again. Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm.

In this way, heart attack victims can get to a phone and, between breaths, call for help. Tell as many other people as possible about this, it could save their lives."

--from Health Cares, Rochester General Hospital via Chapter 240's newsletter. AND THE BEAT GOES ON...(reprint from The Mended Hearts, Inc. publication, Heart Response)

THANK YOU!

I'm available daily via Email and phone. Thanks to Your Office Genie (http://www.mtdaily.com/companies/messages/279.html) for their sponsorship of this newsletter.