Medical Quiz: Test Your Basic Medical Knowledge

You Should Have Some Basic Medical Knowledge!

This medical quiz lens is about learning most common signs and sympoms in medicine. Recognise most common diseases. Learn to prevent some diseases. All that and have fun by doing medical quizzes!

Do you know what are the most commong diseases of the modern men? Do you know how food affects your health? Can you recognize you are sick? Are you health care aware? Do you want to have some fun while learning? Well, you are on the right place for that! This lens is for you!

Stay with me in this medical quiz, and learn some basics about personal health care. Learn about signs and symptoms of the most common medical conditions. This lens is here to provide a fun too. You will have lots of quizzes and polls to do on the way tot he bottom of the page. Earn points while learning useful medical things!
Before You Start Reading This Lens
Please, rate your knowledge of basic medical conditions (heart conditions, infections, hypertension etc)

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I am not an expert, but I know quite few things!
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Cardiovascular System – Learn some basics about cardiovascular system
Medical Quiz: Cardiovascular system
Medical Quiz: Cardiovascular system

Cardiovascular system has heart , blood vessels and lymphatic component. I will skip the anatomy, and say something more about the most common diseases in this category and the most common symptoms as well.

-Arterial hypertension: The most common condition in the world. All sorts of stress (physical, mental), bad diet habits and genetics have their place in causing arterial hypertension. Main signs and symptoms are: head-ache, tinnitus, vertigo…

-Ischemic heart disease is the leading cause of death in industrial world. Bad diet habits lead to this condition. The most common symptoms are: pain in chest, mostly spreading to left arm and/or neck. Pain starts, in most cases, after physical stress.

-Myocardial infarct is just a final stadium of ischemic heart disease.

-Phlebothrombosis is an occlusion of a vein caused by thromb. Immobilization, lack of physical activity is the main trigger for thromb formation. Lower extremities are mostly affected. Main symptoms are: pain, swelling and livid discoloration of the affected region.

-Ulcus cruris: This is the ulcus on the skin of the lower park of the legs. Patients with diabetes have the highest risk of having ulcus cruris. Main symptoms and signs are: small, but growing erosion on the skin, mostly painless. Secretion is present. Local therapy is not showing any effect, and doesn’t tent to heal spontaneously.
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Gastrointestinal Tract (System) – Learn some basics about gastrointestinal system
Medical Quiz: gastrointestinal system
Medical Quiz: gastrointestinal system

I hope you like my medical quiz so far. Now I am going to write more about gastrointestinal tract (system). Read it carefully! Maybe some of the following questions in my medical quiz will be from this text. Who knows. 🙂

Parts of gastrointestinal system in humans are: mouth, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, duodenum, small intestines, colon, rectum, anus, liver with gall blather and pancreas.

In the decades behind us, most common disease of GI tract were appendicitis, stomach ulcer, gastritis, GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease). In present time, those diseases are reduced, and symptoms have been put under control of drugs. Today, most common disease of this system is CANCER. There are many types of cancer, but they are all the same in prognosis (potentially lethal, but also treatable if discovered in early stage).

Most common signs and symptoms of GI diseases:

– Acid reflux: GERD.

– Pain in stomach (related to food intake): gastritis, gastric ulcer.

– Pain in the upper right region of abdomen: cholecystitis (spreading to right shoulder blade), choledocholithiasis, liver diseases if pain is blunt

– Strong sharp pain in lower right region of abdomen: appendicitis, crohn disease (pain is less intense and is chronicle).

– Sharp pain in upper abdomen, spreading in the form of belt: acute pancreatitis

– Pain lower left part of abdomen and diarrhea: bacterial infection of colon, ulcerative colitis, nervous intestines.

– Pain in the lower left part of abdomen and obstipation: stress, cancer, diet low in fiber.

– Blood in stool: cancer (mostly without other symptoms), bowel inflammatory diseases (followed by pain in abdomen).

– Black stool (melena): bleeding from upper parts of intestines (stomach, duodenum)

NOTE: everyone older than 50, should have at least 1 colonoscopy done per year. Cancer is silent killer, and symptoms are recognizable mostly when it is too late!

Should I Start a Career as a Medical Transcriptionist?

What is Medical Transcription?

First, let me say I am an experienced medical transcriptionist who has changed careers due to inability to find work that paid a decent amount and didn’t demand my every waking moment in order to earn pocket change. Having said that, lets carry on shall we?

After you see a doctor, any kind of doctor, he makes notes on his visit with you. He usually dictates his notes into a recorder or will call into a recording system. He will go over your visit in detail describing what you and he talked about, the physical examination, pre-existing conditions, new diagnosis/diagnoses, medications and any other details he feels are necessary to be recorded. Sometimes the doctor will even include non-medical details. I heard one dictation where the doctor related a conversation with a patient regarding the patients’ new boat; where he bought it, how much he paid for it, what features it had and his love of fishing. It’s possible the doctor thought this might have future bearing on this patients care or the doctor simply shared this interest and thought it worth mentioning for his own memory later. The next time he saw this patient, he could ask about the boat or fishing and the patient would feel like his doctor takes a personal interest in him. Whatever the doctor dictates, for whatever reason, goes into the patients’ medical record and must be typed. This is medical transcription.
What skills does a medical transcriptionist require?

In most cases you do need medical transcription training before you will be hired as a medical transcriptionist. This means you must have certain knowledge and skills. Certainly typing is primary! You MUST have excellent English spelling and grammar skills. Good listening skills and the ability to stay focused for long periods of time. You must also have a solid working knowledge of medical procedures, medications, diagnoses and medical terminology. This is a high stress and demanding job and it will only be worse if you don’t have the necessary skills/knowledge.
Who can do medical transcription?

Anyone can do medical transcription if you have the necessary knowledge and training. That’s not to say it’s easy to get started though! Most, though not all, medical transcriptionists work through an agency that is contracted with the physician’s office or hospital network. This agency sets up the contract to handle the transcription for that particular network of doctors and then hires medical transcriptionists to do the actual transcription work. More and more medical transcription work is outsourced outside of the US. There are a good many US based transcriptionists who work for these agencies also. Some examples of these agencies are M*Modal, MedTech and Nuance.
What is the medical transcription salary?

The amount transcriptionists make varies wildly. You can expect entry level medical transcription jobs to pay about 5 cents per line. According to the most recent Bureau of Labor statistics for 2010, mt’s make (on average) $32,000 per year; which is about $15.00 per hour. Honestly, I find that hard to believe. What that Bureau of Labor research doesn’t take into account is the experience required to make that money and the time involved daily to do that work. Americans look at that figure and see it as the result of a 40 hour work week. Let me tell you straight up and honestly, that figure does NOT reflect 40 hours a week, 8 hours a day. It’s more like 10-12 hours a day, 60+ hours per week of intense focus and determined work. If you have a dictator who is plain spoken and easy to understand, you might make that much money with less than 60 hours per week.
What is the outlook for medical transcription in the US?

The Bureau of Labor website said in 2010 the outlook for medical transcriptionists was looking up. It says that 5,600 new jobs should be expected within the next 10 years. That is not much growth but, it might happen because so many US medical transcriptionists are giving up the career. I don’t know where they get their information, but most medical transcriptionists are struggling to get enough work or flat out changing careers. The work is disappearing or pay is going so far down you can’t make a living. One website states medical transcription is being outsourced oversees because of a shortage of US based medical transcriptionists. That is not true. US transcription is being outsourced overseas because it is cheaper. The hospital network/physician can pay less for overseas transcriptionists than it can for US based mt’s. The quality of the work coming from overseas is sub par in every way. These overseas mt’s may speak English but they are not familiar with American expressions or slang that the dictator may use. They also do not have the specific training needed to produce quality transcription.

Overall, the transcription industry suffers, as physicians and hospitals adjust to and accept this poor quality of work, US based mt’s lose the ability to support themselves and the patient ends up with incorrect and false information in their medical records. It is astounding how the medical field, over all, is willing to accept these poor quality results and not do anything to change it. If the physicians would put their collective foot down and demand their dictations be handled by US mt’s only, things might change. Until the economy picks up and it doesn’t boil down to ‘save a penny in order to stay afloat’, that isn’t going to happen. And with things going the direction of electronic medical records, it will never happen.

One more point to consider is the influx of foreign language with English as a second language physicians coming to the US. There are still plenty of English speaking physicians. The problem is that new mt’s don’t get the cream of the crop to transcribe. Those go to long experienced mt’s, the new, young foreign physicians are the dictators you will get as a new mt or even an mt with a few years of experience.

In my work as an mt I mostly transcribed for foreign physicians in the US. I did get the occasional native English physician but these were few and far between. I spent countless hours listening and rewinding dictation trying to understand what that physician was saying. It was the most frustrating thing I have ever experienced. If you work on the same physician’s account long enough you learn their particular accent and it gets better. More often, you are switched around from account to account and never have time to get good at any one physician so it’s constantly a struggle to understand.
Electronic Medical Records and how this change will affect medical transcriptionists

President Obama has mandated that by the end of 2014 all medical records must be transferred to electronic medical record systems. Okay, you think, the physician will dictate and the mt will type it and it will be transmitted directly into the EMR. Some networks are doing this already, I worked for one. One month before I was laid off, the hospital network I was working for officially converted one region of its network to Epic. Epic is a very popular EMR. By the end of 2014 the entire network will be on Epic. That network is anticipating no longer needing transcription at all. Why? Because with this change to Epic, the physician is required (absolutely, no passing the buck, it must be done) to go in to each dictated document and fix all errors before they can sign off on it. Okay, so no big deal you think, mt’s will still type it and then the physician can double check it. Nope. With just that one region switching we saw a huge drop off in dictation. The physicians found that it was easier to just enter their notes in the system while they were in the room with the patient. They all carry around laptops or tablets and would simply sit and make all their notes, diagnoses, write prescriptions, order tests and submit them, all while the patient was right there with them. No need to dictate, no need for transcription. One visit to the EMR and that patients’ visit was recorded and signed off on. All wrapped up in a nice little bow.

I realize that this was one small region amongst the entire country but, it stands to reason that more and more physicians will find this is easier than having to take time after seeing a patient or at the end of the day, to dictate their notes and then follow up to see if they are done yet and what mistakes/blanks need to be corrected.

I know, you are thinking that I am talking about big networks. Certainly smaller networks or independent physicians will still need transcription done. For awhile, yes, they will. But Obamacare requires ALL medical records to be made electronic for sharing across networks and tracking patients. That means the smaller physician networks and the independent doctors too. It means that the outlook for medical transcription as a field does not have a bright future. In time, and not too long either, it will be gone all together.

Don’t even get me started on voice recognition taking the place of transcriptionists. Our level of technology is so far behind what would be needed for transcription to become strictly voice recognition, it isn’t even funny. The voice recognition system would have to be capable of distinguishing what the physician is meaning to say not what the words actually sound like. Many dictators flub up words and mumble or stammer and backup to correct themselves. It takes a thinking being to understand that he just re-stated the last part of the sentence and worded it differently. Voice recognition is in no way capable of taking over the job of a medical transcriptionist. Someone will always have to listen to the recording and read along with the voice recognized script and make corrections.

So, here I am at the end of my rant. After all that information, do you think medical transcription is something you want to invest your time and money into at this point? Would I recommend this as a career choice? No, I would not. Just in case you were in any doubt after reading this entire article. The good jobs are going to mt’s with years and years of experience. The newbies are stuck with having to slave themselves out to an agency that does most of its hiring from overseas so they won’t pay a decent living income. Why should they, they can get all the workers they need for a fraction of the cost from outside of the US. If you happen to have a line on a good transcription position, then it may possibly work out for you. Be prepared though for the future of electronic medical records.

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Medical Transcriptionists : Occupational Outlook Handbook : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Medical transcriptionists listen to voice recordings that physicians and other health professionals make and convert them into written reports. They interpret medical terminology and abbreviations in preparing patients’ medical histories, discharge s

Charlotte Perkins Gillman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”-The Medical Ignorance


In today’s day and age, it would be considered common knowledge that the uterus is, “A pear shaped organ in the female reproductive system where the embryo or fetus develops until birth.” (Hirsch, Kett, and Trefil 559) While the following is not-so-common knowledge, we also know today that, “People with higher left than right prefrontal [brain] activity feel a greater sense of well-being and contentment, while those who have higher right than left prefrontal [brain] activity often suffer from depression.” (Davidson and Begley 154) Today, we have evidence to support the fact that, “Advances in psycho-pharmacology have led to better outcomes for persons with psychiatric disabilities.” (Piat, Sabetti, and Bloom 482) In this 21st century our medical field is quite versed in our human bodies, the organs, and their functions. This has not always been the case however. Throughout history, the medical field has been less than knowledgeable. This falls true especially in the areas of women, hormones, and mental illness. This widespread lack of understanding in the medical field during the 1800’s had a strong influence on Charlotte Perkins Gillman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper.”

In the 1800’s, the medical field was quite young. The amount of time they had thus far to investigate, and with the equipment they had access to, proved later to be insufficient. This was an unfortunate reality of the 1800’s. Those thought to be the most brilliant, and the most respected influences in the world of medicine, were at the mercy of the pinnacle of knowledge from the most brilliant minds. They only knew what they were capable of knowing with the tools and instruments at their disposal. They were not advanced technologically like we are today. They thought and believed many things which have turned out to be inaccurate. They also enforced and prescribed inappropriate treatments as a result. This strongly influenced the work. Mary’s treatment of isolation, as the main character of the story, is an illustration of this.

There were many faulty beliefs and practices in the past that led to such treatments. For example, in 1899 a hospital in Minnesota warned that women were at great risk of going insane. They claimed that, “disturbances of the nervous system [were] associated with the bearing of children.” (Hirshbein, par. 3) With the medical advances that have occurred since this time period, it is easy for us to see how adolescent their claim really was. Women with children are not at risk of going insane; no more than anyone else. This misdiagnosed insanity has been re-assessed. Today, we call this post-partum depression. Postpartum depression is quite self-explanatory. It is a period of depression that occurs in the mother during the time period following the birth of the child. “Postpartum depression seems to be brought on by the changes in hormone levels that occur after pregnancy.” (Web MD, sec. 2) Although we don’t have all the answers desired regarding the nature of hormones and depression, we know that it does exist. We are no longer confusing this common ailment with insanity requiring institutionalization. With Mary having recently had a child in “The Yellow Wallpaper,” it is likely that she was suffering from postpartum depression. And thus was at risk of becoming a victim of this ignorant medical theory.

Unfortunately for John and his wife, the 1800’s and early 1900’s were not a medically educated era. John actually believed the things he was taught. He was being taught by medical professors who were the authorities in these subjects. Weir Mitchell was thought to be the best and most experienced physician in this area of medicine. He was as sought after then just as the best neurosurgeons are today. The fact that John was a medical student during this time paved the way for him to enforce inappropriate treatment to his wife. “It is so hard to talk to John about my case, because he is so wise,” (7) Mary writes at one point. She was not stating that he was so wise in her eyes. Rather, she was communicating that he would not listen to her ideas about her case due to his arrogance regarding his position as a physician. This made Mary feel hopeless. The medical field’s ideas during this time period had a strong influence on this story without a doubt.

The amount of time that had been put into studying the human body did not prove sufficient up to this point, at least not accurate enough to make a diagnosis. It seems rather expected that the doctors would have no real reference point for treating any mental illness. It is understandable that these doctors, without access to evolved medical equipment, would have no way of understanding what goes on in a woman’s body and what is not related to biological sex. “We still do not know for sure the biological differences between the sexes in the area of mental illness. [It has always been an accepted idea] that sex determined the cause and manifestations of mental illness…and that they arose from biology.” (Hirshbein, par. 5) However today, we know that men and women alike are susceptible to these ailments. We do not yet understand all we should, although today we are aware of this. John and his colleagues, however, believed women were at risk for mental illness more so than men. John believed this to be the truth, and thus implemented treatments based on such lunacies to Mary.

“From this distance of time, it is easy to chuckle (or shake our heads in dismay) that a psychiatrist could blame mental illness” (Hirshbein 156) on biological sex. To blame mental illness on the total of what it is half the human race seems absurd to us today. In contrast however, during the 1800’s, when Charlotte Perkins Gillman wrote “The Yellow Wallpaper,” this was a widely accepted belief. In fact, in the late nineteenth century practitioners were removing women’s ovaries in an attempt to augment their mental state. (Hirshbein 157) These medical practices seem inappropriate and possibly even unethical to us now, but a hundred years ago, this was as normal and accepted as taking a Tylenol is today. This is a perfect example of a barbaric medical practice that had a strong influence on the work. The medical ignorance is obvious.

Mary was a victim of this sort of ignorance, and her husband John was too, no doubt. She even states at one point, “John is a physician, and perhaps…that is one reason I do not get well faster.” (1) Back then, just as today, doctors were viewed as the ‘authority’ on all things medically related. We trust them now just as we did then. John had the utmost confidence in himself, his knowledge, and his education. Why shouldn’t he, or Mary? “If a physician of high standing, and one’s own husband, assures friends and relatives that there is really nothing the matter with one but temporary nervous depression-a slight hysterical tendency-what is one to do?” (1) She was a hopeless victim of an uneducated medical period; and of John. He was a victim though as well.

As stated above, Mary was thought to have had a “slight hysterical tendency.” During these times it was thought that hysteria revolved around the uterus, and hence only existed in women (Merriam Webster). For hundreds of years most, “medical practitioners believed the uterus to be a distinctly female organ that caused a host of specifically female diseases…some proposed that the uterus was a “sewer” — a site of noxious poisons that caused diseases such as the “suffocation of the mother,” a condition in which the womb wandered throughout the body.” (“M/F,” par. 6) It was believed that this wandering uterus would float around the body causing a number of physical and psychological problems, depending on where it landed. It is these sorts of beliefs that lent themselves to the medical ideas and practices that were taking place in the 1800’s. Since Mary was a woman, and had a uterus, it is understandable that she would have been a victim of this idea. This is another one of the false beliefs during this time period that provided such a strong influence in “The Yellow Wallpaper.”

The doctors who received their education during these time periods were taught many incorrect ways of diagnosing illness. According to “The Decline of Hysteria” by Mark S. Micale, in the 1800’s epilepsy was regularly mistaken for hysteria. Syphilis was mistaken for hysteria as well, and quite often. In fact, most of the mental hospitals and asylums at this time were full of patients who were infected with Syphilis. “Acute paralysis is one of the most common symptoms, and its onset, like hysteria, may be characterized by convulsive seizures, double vision, and loss of pain sensation as well as exaggerated emotional responses.” (Micale 5) It is apparent to anyone that these misdiagnoses were victimizing women who had a serious medical virus, not a debilitating mental illness.

Still it became worse. “By the 1930’s, medical scientists were suggesting psychological origins for asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcers, high blood pressure, and certain skin conditions.” (Micale 5) Because of the lack of technology available to these practitioners, they had no idea what many presently well understood illnesses were. They called everything hysteria. Unfortunately, they prescribed their treatments accordingly. Alas, Mary was a victim of these ill prescribed treatments. These professors and medical professionals, including John and Mary’s brother, could only teach and enforce what they knew. The students of this age are victims of their own lack of knowledge. John was a victim, and Mary, being his wife and patient respectively, was a victim also.

In addition to these underdeveloped medical theories, John believed that his wife could be cured of her unexplained nervous disorder. He felt if he kept her safe, removed from her all responsibility, and isolated her, she would heal. “So I take phosphates or phosphites-whichever it is, and tonics, and journeys, and air, and exercise, and am absolutely forbidden to ‘work’ until I am well again.” (1) This treatment included not writing or painting or communicating with family or friends either. Complete isolation was the ‘cure’. John was acting in a way that showed kindness and love in this time. John, along with other doctors that were caring for Mary, believed that if she were relinquished of all chores and duties, that she would be relieved of her symptoms. It was thought that removing any potential agitator would remove the probability of her becoming stressed out. “He takes all care from me,” Mary states on page two. The intention here was for her to be so well taken care of that she would recover and feel energized and rested again. He had the utmost belief in this treatment, and truly believed it would work. “Can you not trust me as a physician when I tell you so?” (7) John was confident in his knowledge and abilities as a physician. Regrettably, he was wrong.

John, as a doctor, was taught everything that the finest medical professionals at the time believed to be the truth. The medical field today has not evolved completely. By no means do we understand everything now; not at all. Nevertheless, we have come a long way. In today’s world the concept of mental illness and postpartum depression is much more understood. As a result, our treatments are better suited in present day as well. “While it is easy to critique science and medicine from the past, it is also important to recognize that investigators from long ago were just as sure as we are today about the scientific merit of their views.” (Hirshbein 167)

Today, isolating women who are depressed is seen as inappropriate. Today we have anti-depressants and therapy to help with some of these issues. But that is today. In the time during which “The Yellow Wallpaper” was written, such luxuries were not known. And it was these unknowns that lent themselves to Mary’s experience in Charlotte Perkins Gillman’s “They Yellow Wallpaper.” John was acting upon the information that he, and the rest of the medical field at the time, believed to be right and proper. He was trying to help his wife get better. She may have been a victim of John, her brother, her doctor, and an ignorant medical age, but she was not the only one.

How Ayurveda Massage Therapies Turns Medical System

Ayurveda training programs and requirements brings students with number opportunities in future. Ayurveda is originated from India and is one of the ancient approaches to good health, balanced body, well-being and nutrition. Originating in India, massage therapy training programs promote the integration of nutrition meditation and herbs. Ayurveda practitioners acquire skills by completing diploma, graduate and doctorate degree programs at different level. The complexity of ayurveda and massage therapies is not with standing, superficial information, often driven by simplistic new age influences and by commercial interests that has made serious ayurveda education difficult. It is not understood as a genuine medical system like confusion of Abhyanga therapy with simple massage techniques.

The ayurveda and massage training process is an Indian based system that provides wide variety of ayurvedic training programs along with massage therapy training to people of all levels of qualification ranging from beginners first hearing about ayurveda massage system to trained holistic massage therapists and then experienced ayurvedic practitioners wishing to further their skills and expand their ayurveda practice. The Ayurvedic trainings are provided by an experienced ayurveda and massage therapists working from the last several years known for offering one of the finest and world class holistic and ayurveda therapy. Through its excellence, authentic Ayurveda is made easy to understand and relevant to a business context and western lifestyle.

The growing popularity of holistic massage therapies and ayurveda in particular, has opened up a whole new spectrum of career opportunities for properly trained Ayurveda and massage therapists. As with many things, professional Ayurvedic training by kerala-ayurvedics is the key to opening the door to financial success and this has never been truer than with our wide range of massage therapy training courses in Delhi and Gurgaon in India. Not only in Indian and but also in other western cultures have a long tradition of reciprocal contact beginning in Roman times. Archeological and massage findings bear witness to these relations and, along with the great Indian medical tradition, suggest that the discovery of Ayurveda in other parts of the world that helps in describing more clearly as a rediscovery.

However, as in other western countries, dissemination of Ayurveda has not been homogeneous especially concerning quality and worldwide recognition. This has led to the spread of erroneous scientific and medical information concerning Ayurveda’s and massage therapeutic potential, and to short and superficial ayurveda educational programs, contributing further to its distorted image. All these massage therapy courses and training programs are available to day on the subject of Ayurveda which offers necessary theoretical knowledge along with the sufficient practical training in different sections of yoga and kalari marma massage, ayurvedic massage therapies and types of panchakarma therapies, identification, cosmetology and preparation of Ayurvedic medicine and ayurvedic cookery. During these types of massage training students will gain in-depth knowledge of advanced pharmacology, herbology, pathology, diagnostics and therapeutics. They will learn how to design individualized Ayurvedic treatment and usage of massage therapy on different parts of the body consisting of herbs, customized diet plans and panchakarma. The course includes detailed theoretical in combination of practical training in ayurveda Panchakarma.

Important Qualities For A Successful Medical Transcription Career

A medical transcription career is a great choice for anyone who wants to find a position in the medical field that offers flexible hours and is in high demand. These professionals listen closely to recordings of physicians notes and convert them into text files that are used for a variety of different purposes. In order to be successful in this line of work, there are a few key qualities that every candidate should possess.

In order to be a successful medical transcriptionist, attention to detail is of the utmost importance. This means that candidates must have excellent skills when it comes to grammar, spelling and punctuation. One small error in any of these areas can lead to a mistake in medical records that could potentially be fatal to a patient or, at the least, result in a lot of extra work and hassle for the physician.

In order to complete the job quickly and efficiently, excellent typing skills are necessary. In order to be hired for a position, most transcriptionists are expected to be able to type at least forty-five words per minute. Although this may not sound like a lot, remember that their final product must be at least ninety-five percent free of errors.

Another important quality of a medical transcriptionist is a strong vocabulary, and not just one comprised of everyday words. In order to understand a physician’s recordings, a transcriptionist must have a working knowledge of medical terminology. For this reason, most practices require transcriptionists to complete a certification program that includes these important terms.

Perhaps the most important thing for a medical transcriptionist to possess is patience. They will spend many hours listening to physician’s recordings and may have to listen to some more than once in order to fully understand what is being said. They must be able to take their time and be diligent in their work in order to avoid errors that could be dangerous to the patient.

A medical transcription career can be fun and rewarding for someone who possesses all of the skills to be successful. They must pay close attention to detail and have excellent skills in grammar, punctuation, spelling and typing. If they can be patient and pay close attention to the requirements of their job, they will excel in their field and play an important part in making sure that patients get the care they need.

Weill Cornell Medical College – Education, Research And Patient Care Under One Collective Body

With a prestigious position right amongst the top ranking clinical and medical research centers in whole of the United States, Weill Cornell Medical College is quite a presence in the medical world. This prominent medical institution offers degrees in medicine in addition to PHD programs in the fields of bio-medical education and research.

While education is one of its strong points, delivering quality health care is yet another aspect that the college also delivers. The clinical services that are offered here are vast and include Cardiology, Dermatology, ENT, Pediatrics, Radiology and much more that collectively form a comprehensive coverage of medicine.

This medical college is also noteworthy for being the first medical college in the entire United States to enroll women alongside men from the very day of its inception. Another distinctive characteristic of this college is that it also the first in the United States to open an offshore branch through the Weill Cornell Medical Center in Qatar.

The primary goal of the college is dedicated to the creation of medical professionals who have an in-depth knowledge of the field. By creating professional practitioners of medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College helps create a better future for us all.

Research is yet another area in which Weill Cornell Medical Center excels. As part of this institution’s goals to promote the growth of medical science, it undertakes an immense amount of research and actively promotes medical trials.

The scope of medicinal practices at the college is quite immense. Programs that are held here include biochemistry, public health, neurobiological surgery, pharmacology, psychiatry and many others. It is through this wide offering of medical educational facilities that the Weill Cornell Medical Center produces batch after batch of qualified doctors each year.

For those wanting to access the Cornell Medical Center, a host of New York hotels in the area are located nearby. Hotels New York caters to a variety of different requirements ensuring that travelers will find an accommodation option suited to their needs.

Medical Knowledge And Privacy For Egg Donors

While egg donors have the ability to help individuals and couples build their families all over the globe, they also have a special opportunity to learn about their own wellness. Young women who decide to help others create their families do so from a place of compassion. And each woman embarks on this journey for her own personal reasons.

So many women work hard to stay fit and healthy. However, many women may find it cost-prohibitive to have particular medical tests performed to learn more about their health. But by becoming an egg donor, a woman has the unique opportunity to have an array of tests done at no cost which can be a great benefit.

As the executive director of an international egg donor and surrogate agency, donor candidates appreciate the fact that they incur no costs for these sophisticated tests. Leading agencies generally follow the ASRM, also known as the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, as a medical sounding board for test protocol.

With that said, each clinic may vary in regards to their screening process.

While each intending parent may require a candidate to undergo a specific genetic test to offset being a carrier of a particular gene, for the most part, general screening includes the following:

• Blood work
• Cultures
• Hepatitis
• Rh incompatibility
• HTLV-1

And more…

Another part of the screening process for prospective candidates is an evaluation of their fertility. Women who want to have a family in the future find this medical assessment incredibly helpful by understanding her egg production.

While these tests are geared toward evaluating donor candidacy, at the end of the day these women are receiving valuable medical knowledge about their own bodies.

It’s incredibly important for women to find egg donor agencies in good standing that have been in the industry for a decade or more. A longstanding agency history also means they are more than likely to team up with the best fertility specialists and clinics around the nation.

Any medical information gathered during the screening process is held in the strictest confidence and remains private. Whether or not a candidate wants to share her medical information is strictly up to her. It’s up to her discretion.

Being an egg donor can be emotionally and financially fulfilling. Due to the one-child ban in China that has been waived, Asian egg donors are high in demand being compensated $12,000 or more. And in some instances, they can dictate their own fees.

When researching an international agency, it’s important to also interview them. In addition to learning how long an agency has been in the industry, when speaking to the donor coordinator, make sure there is a good rapport, all questions are answered, and there is genuine care present.

Top-tier agencies will also pay for travel expenses for the donor as well as her companion who will accompany her.

While an agency should demonstrate compassion toward donors, professionalism should also be evident including on the medical and privacy front. The journey should be so extraordinary, that women want to become repeat donors to help individuals or couples build their families.

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Facebook Opens Doors For The Exchange Of Medical Knowledge

It is without a doubt that Facebook is the most powerful social media tool that has hit the market. It is used by millions of individuals and in fact it is growing with its use everyday. Well, besides offering social interaction for individuals through this site, it also offers the ability to share medical knowledge and information that can be truly critical for individuals with looking for that info. One such great example is the use of the social media giant to search for information related to asthma and lung cancer. Although there does exist other places where you can actually find information, however the great thing about this particular site is that you will be able to connect to millions of other individuals that are experiencing your particular health condition. By doing this you can actually share knowledge that will lead you to many sources that you never knew existed.

One example that shows the true power of this internet site has to do with asthma. A young lady recently was diagnosed with the health condition and because it came all of a sudden she really did not have any other way of getting information. So she decided to just go to Facebook and see what information she can get. Well once there she found so much sources that it amazed her. In fact she learned of a medical device that is specifically used for helping those that are living with the condition which is a pulse oximeter. A pulse oximeter is a medical device that measures pulse rate and oxygen levels in the body and thus is the key to monitoring respiratory conditions of all kinds. If it was not for this social medical site the young lady would have had a very difficult time find information to help her.

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Compounding: removing the one-size-fits-all dosage approach of Big Pharma

In the days before mass production and Big Pharma, the local pharmacist used to custom-make medicines for patients. Now imagine a world where patients get a daily tailored 18mg dose of a specific drug they require, instead of only the 25mg that’s commercially available.
Compounding: removing the one-size-fits-all dosage approach of Big Pharma

Before pharmaceutical manufacturers started producing drugs in commercial quantities, compounding was the standard means of providing prescription medications. Now the Compounding Pharmacy of South Africa (CPSA) is reintroducing this individually focused service, combining it with the latest medical knowledge and state-of-the-art technology.

“We intimately understand that when it comes to our patients, one size does not fit all, hence the strength, ingredients and dosage form are tailored to each individual,” says Dhivia Naidoo, managing director of CPSA.

CPSA is fulfilling the demand for professional compounding that is increasing as healthcare professionals and patients realise that the limited number of strengths and dosage forms commercially available don’t meet the needs of many patients – and that these patients often have a better response to a customised dosage form that’s “just what the doctor ordered”. This follows a growing international trend – especially in the US, there are now more than 8,000 compounding pharmacies

The power of long-form content in corporate social responsibility

You can’t turn on a screen in 2016 without seeing an example of branded content or native advertising flit across your eyes. Interestingly, while most of the branded content out there is well-produced and indeed entertaining to audiences, it doesn’t really hit home as it’s just not serving the corporate social responsibility or CSR purpose of bettering the lives of those consumers or even the world around us.
It’s a topic close to our hearts here at Launch Factory. So much so that I wrote on the topic of branded content two years ago, with a core business focus in this field since our inception. Here’s how to get it right…

Moving CSR beyond Mandela Day

Brands are certainly spending money on corporate social responsibility or CSR initiatives, especially in July, known as #MandelaMonth as it’s home to many companies’ focus on their Mandela Day/67 minutes campaigns. Sadly, in most instances consumers aren’t even aware of these initiatives, or simply blow them off as corporate puffery, they’ve become so run-of-the-mill. So while money transfers hands and sometimes meaningful activations are carried out, the resulting message or spirit of truly ‘doing good’ goes nowhere, fast.

We’ve turned this situation on its head by making the CSR our stand-out factor by making reality TV shows about it, and as such have been at the forefront of the branded content revolution in Africa for the past decade.


How do we do it? Well, we tend to give the show a ‘TV name’, so it looks like the TV station has actually commissioned the show, then use techniques inside the show to make the brand the hero. We also focus on topics of interest to our audience. As Africa’s the mobile-first continent of the ‘screenager’, our content focuses on their specific needs and interests, namely education and healthcare, with an entertaining angle that leaves the broadcasters, brands and consumers alike equally satisfied. At the end of the day, that’s the basis of CSR too, so it’s a seamless fit.

Long-form video means you can really make a difference in the lives of your audience. Instead of just entertaining them for a few minutes as you would in an ad break, you’re uplifting them by empowering them with knowledge and services that are otherwise lacking and actually change their lives for the better.

We’ve already worked this magic across the continent, with shows like Touching Lives for Airtel and Healthline for Vodafone proving immensely successful, as they highlight the power of getting medical knowledge and services to those that need it most. Yes, the shows are branded by telecoms giants, but their content is in no way a push to buy airtime. Instead, in meeting its vision of becoming Nigeria’s most-loved brand, Airtel’s CSR focus lies in being socially responsible, providing education to the underprivileged across the country. Touching Lives is just one aspect of that overall socially responsible mandate, and is something we’ll continue to focus on as we begin work with Airtel in Rwanda. It’s no coincidence that the Airtel brand is adopting the CSR content model in its business units on the continent, as it has incredible results.

It’s about making a connection, getting consumers to notice your brand as you entertain and educate them with purpose, getting them to interact with you across multiple channels as they come to know and trust the information you’ve shared, and ultimately improving their lives in the long-run. All proof of the power of long-form content in the CSR space. That’s how you really capture consumers’ attention and build on brand loyalty.