Sara entertainingly depicts the real world of medical transcription — its humor, challenges, frustrations, accomplishments, joys, and pains.
Seasoned MTs will laugh and nod in agreement, "newbies" and students will get an uncensored view of MT as a career, relatives and friends will better understand what MTs do and why, and physicians and other healthcare professionals will better appreciate their silent partners. A delightful read for all!"
Burns wrote the book for three distinct audiences. She says that experienced medical transcriptionists will smile and share in her reminiscences.
She hopes to give newbies a clear picture of what they are up against. While sharing some very good advice, she admits that the field is in constant change and acknowledges that many areas of the profession have changed drastically since her earlier stints in hospitals and clinics.
Clever and witty, Sara's humor comes out in poetry, "Ode to a Home-Based Transcriptionist," comedy routines, and subtle observations. I enjoyed her colorful descriptive words as she introduces some of her clients: "curmudgeons and sweethearts: perfectionists; the regular guys, the prima donnas; the tyrants and the pussycats..."
I absolutely love this book. I was so happy with it that I ordered 3 more for my transcriptionist friends. I find myself constantly quoting something from the book while I am at work. I also have a better understanding of how my doctors feel some days by the time they get to the office. I was amazed at the similarities that we transcriptionists have. We are certainly not alone in our love for our work and in our frustrations that we have at times.
"A superb little tome that entertains and informs. Sara tells it like it is, cleverly bringing to life the world of medical transcription, a little known but vitally important cog in the wheel of medicine. A delightful read for anyone fortunate enough to open its pages."