Medical Transcription Reference Materials: All You Need to Know

As you start to develop an interest in learning more about transcriptionist work, you’ll need to know that there are certain transcription reference materials required to complete your experience. If you choose to obtain transcription training, you should be provided plenty of books to help you along the way.

Since you’re new, you probably want to know what type of referencing materials will be required. Do not worry, there is nothing difficult about transcriptionist work. Perhaps the hardest thing will be actually getting up and applying yourself. Transcription reference materials are what make the job as easy as it is. It’s practically like having all of the answers you need right in front of you at all times.

Obviously the first type of referencing material to look for is a medical dictionary. A medical dictionary such as Stedman’s is a book usually owned by all medical transcriptionists. Any website that you find online providing tips for making your career worthwhile always recommends Stedman’s. Fortunately, some training programs provide Stedman’s medical dictionary along with other required study materials.

Online references will also come in handy when you’re studying and working. Websites such as,, and are just three of the online resources you can use when referencing medical terms. The need for medical dictionaries is necessary because not all dictators speak clearly. Launching a career in transcriptionist work requires a thorough understanding of both the medical term and definition in order to avoid any transcribing mistakes.

Another type of transcription reference needed are websites and books that provide medical abbreviations. Typing out the entire word isn’t always necessary, especially when it is a term such as “chronic obstructive pulmonary disease”. Why type out that term every time when you can just type “COPD”? That’s only four keystrokes as opposed to 34! In transcriptionist work, it’s all about typing speed. If you’re typing a report slowly, you’re going to end up making little to nothing at the end of your work week. Saving yourself time and keystrokes is how you make those big bucks you dream about!

Medication lists located in books and websites can also be a very helpful transcription reference. Your dictator will list medications in almost every report. If you type out the wrong medication, that could mean the difference between sickness and health for some innocent patient. Websites such as and are just two of the websites you can use. Your training facility may also provide you with a book on medications. If not, you can always go to and order the necessary transcription reference materials.

Surfing the online forums are a preferred method of finding out specifically what types of books are needed. Other experienced people who are in transcriptionist work should be able to guide you. Another way to find out what specific references are preferred is by asking your training facility, since not all will provide them with your program.

In any event, these materials will help you drastically throughout the course of your training and your career. They are the ultimate tools toward assisting you, right beside your computer and foot pedal.

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