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Medical transcriptionists are professionals hired by medical clinics to convert doctors’ handwritten and audio-recorded notes into machine-readable text, which can then be stored in medical records databases. They often use transcription equipment with a headset and foot pedal to listen to recordings by a doctor.

Below is a sample job description exploring the daily responsibilities and necessary qualifications for a medical transcriptionist. 

The Job Overview

We are seeking a dedicated medical transcriptionist to join our growing company. As a medical transcriptionist, you will demonstrate your passion for detail and accuracy. This position requires transcribing audio content to text. Your duties will include transcribing audio files from doctors, nurses, and other health care providers to create written documents that are then sent to patients.


Below are some of the responsibilities a medical transcriptionist is expected to assume in their position:. 

  • Transcribe notes and records of physician's patient visits in addition to incoming and outgoing correspondence.
  • Successfully operate computer software related to word processing, transcription equipment, and dictation.
  • File and store office records as needed. 
  • Enter clinical data related to incoming lab orders and requisitions using relevant computer software.
  • Transcribe all dedicated material and ensure proper spelling, grammar and consistency as it relates to proper medical terminology.
  • Review and correct mistakes in reports after checking with physicians.
  • Identify mistakes in reports and check with doctors to obtain the correct information.
  • Properly navigate busy physician’s office to help ensure proper documentation is used throughout.
Job Qualifications and Skill Sets

Below are the qualifications expected of a medical transcriptionist:

  • Associate degree, medical transcription education, or equivalent years of experience
  • Fluency in English 
  • Typing speed of at least 50 words per minute
  • Proficiency in grammar, abbreviations, and punctuation
  • Working knowledge of commonly used medical terminology 
  • Working knowledge of computer programs such as Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Excellent communication and dictation skills
  • Self-starter, with the ability to work independently with little or no supervision
  • Ability to multitask effectively
  • Excellent attention to detail 
  • Able to work for several consecutive hours at a time
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