dictation manualWe know it.  Dictators need help dictating.  They've never been taught well, and it's time we do something about it.  We're building a MyMT Dictation Manual.  Right now, we're looking for your input, links to other resources, and any way we can help our dictators help us do a quality job.  Eventually, we will zip it up into a nice book and make it available to members to distribute to their docs and bosses and companies to pass along.  We'll make it fun and informative.  If you're reading this, we need your contribution.  No rules, just brainstorm it!  Make your comments, vent away.  Let's build a dictation manual the MyMT Way!  With MT input.  Now, let's do it!  Head on over to Dictation Manual and give us your input.

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  1. Name Hidden Due to Privacy - June 30, 2015, 6:57 pm

    Please do not dictate while chewing anything. Don’t assume we know which Dr. Smith you mean. We know you are extremely busy, but please slow down so we can understand what you say… it makes for a more precise patient note. Thank you.

  2. Name Hidden Due to Privacy - June 3, 2015, 9:43 am

    What bothers me is when they speedily slur through parts of the report so that a phrase of 5 or more syllables sounds like 1 or 2. I know they probably often say the same thing, but we really aren’t supposed to “guess” at what they’re saying, and I know some companies penalize for blanks.

  3. Name Hidden Due to Privacy - May 28, 2015, 6:07 am

    Oh and another thing….I understand doctors might get a little too busy and end up dictating their files a day or 2 late, maybe occasionally missing a handful and not realizing until weeks later and then they need to go back and fix that. However, I have had dictators dictate full and very detailed reports a YEAR after seeing the patient….and not just 1 or 2 files, I’m talking dozens of files. There was one physician I used to type for who was doing this quite often! It seems like they are trying to cover their butts with an audit coming up or something. THAT is not right and I don’t know how they can legitimately remember every single detail of the patient’s visit. I’m sure they must have some notes to work with, but still seems a little sketchy!

  4. Name Hidden Due to Privacy - May 27, 2015, 8:59 pm

    It’s my personal pet peeve, but I have many more 🙂

  5. Name Hidden Due to Privacy - May 27, 2015, 5:24 pm

    I was just thinking about this today!! I have doctors that are constantly spelling out words that don’t need to be spelled out for me. Any transcriptionist would know how to spell these words (like “abdominal,” seriously). BUT, those same doctors do not spell things I could use a little help on – like names of referring physicians, especially if they can’t even pronounce it! I think it should be standard that all dictators give ALL the patient demos – full name, MRN, DOB, and DOS on every single file. You would be amazed how many I have had in just the past few days where not even a patient name was dictated. Of course I then have to flag that for verification, but seems a little risky and a waste of time to have to go back through these records to verify information that should have been there from the start!

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