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Put everything in your text expander - MT3

Posted: Sep 14th, 2022 - 5:00 pm In Reply to: Advice for newbie - Melissa

My first rule of transcription efficiency: Never look up anything twice.

Any time you look a word up, create a text expander entry for that word/medicine/company/town/name. And make sure to not just create a shortcut using the correct spelling, but the wrong guesses that you made. (For example, I have "nivolumab" under not just "nivo" but "nevo" and "navo".)

Also, if you're on a smaller account or an account that sends a lot of cc's, you should create a text expander entry for each new doctor that is dictated, along with their specialty. My system is 1 letter for the account, like "H" for "HCA", followed by "CC" followed by the doctor's last name (including multiple entries for all the wrong guesses I had at spelling their names), and the entry always includes their specialty. So when I hear, "Send a copy to her cardiologist, Dr. Shah," I can type HCCSHAH, and I will see (among many Shah entries), "Robert B. Shaw, M.D. Cardiologist".

Finally, you should create a text expander entry for every initialism/abbreviation you hear, and an expanded version, so that you know what some random letter combination is referring to when spoken in a dictation. So I have "pai1 = PAI-1" (which also saves me the effort of holding down the shift key when I type, or having to remember that the abbreviation has a dash), and "pai1x = plasminogen activator inhibitor 1".


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