Monday, July 28, 2008

Basic MT Exercises - PHARMA (I)

One of the toughest things to learn in MT is the drugs. When the doc gets to the MEDICATIONS: heading, and then zips through this at maximum speed, a lot of MTs and even some editors, feel a thrill of fear. My guess is that the meds section of a dictation probably causes more blanks and heartaches than any other. A simple solution is to lay a strong foundation during the training period. At Phoenix we like to start with a simple net exercise. Here's a list of the current top 100 prescription meds:
Now get the students cracking to google these one at a time noting the use of the med, it's typical prescription info, and if possible figure out how it sounds. If necessary let them ask for help from someone with experience.
Doing a few from our list each day will soon plant the basic ideas about meds in the students' minds and help them to get used to searching out med info on the net. At the same time it's very important to coordinate this exercise with the sorts of files that are being worked on at that time...

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