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Educate: Verb: to develop the faculties and powers of (a person) by teaching, instruction, or schooling.
AHDI’s Educators Alliance (EA) was created to provide networking and other professional assistance for everyone interested in educational issues related to the medical transcription sector. Most members of this Alliance are directly connected with education—as instructors, administrators, and program developers—but membership is open to any AHDI member who has an abiding interest in educational issues. Those who author textbooks and other learning materials, for example, will find much interest in this Alliance. This group also works to evaluate trends and drivers in HIM education and the updates of the AHDI Model Curriculum. Currently, the Educators Alliance is actively promoting credentialing through the RHDS as a graduation exam and developing a database of educational schools and their characteristics.
Educators Alliance Leadership
Steering committee structure
The EA is guided by a group of volunteer leaders who step forward from the Alliance to take a leadership role in setting priorities and projects, working with AHDI staff and leadership to establish and review policies and goals for this dynamic group. Goals will include the creation of products and projects that further the goals of the Alliance and of the national AHDI organization. Committee roles include Chair, Chair-elect, Members, and Staff and Board Liaisons. The latter two individuals are appointed by AHDI’s CEO and President; all other roles are filled by individual members of the Alliance who are interested in developing and using their leadership skills. Typically committee service is for one (1) year, except for the Chair-elect, who serves one (1) year in that role and then an additional year as Chair.
Steering committee leadership, 2014-2015
Co-Chair: Susan Whatley, CMT, AHDI-F (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Co-Chair: Kathy Martin AHDI-F (email@example.com)
Board Liaison: Rebecca McSwain, PhD, CHDS, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Staff Liaison: Tina Wilson (email@example.com)
Hot topics: What’s happening now in the Educators Alliance
Latest Hot Topic: Check out the 2011 September Matrix article on Connect the Dots available at www.ahdionline.org under Professional Practices/Publications/Matrix/September issue. Connect the Dots discusses the launch of a medical transcription externship program for the industry’s student arena.
Reconnecting the Dots: Did you complete a course in healthcare documentation and found yourself out of the industry for a year or several years and now wanting to re-enter the healthcare documentation field?
AHDI Model Curriculum – The Model Curriculum for Medical Transcription was initially developed by AHDI to assist educational institutions in the development of medical transcription educational programs. The Model Curriculum incorporates a competencies profile for medical transcription into an educational program outline.
eSource for Healthcare Documentation Instructors - A vital resource for users of the AHDI Model Curriculum.
Bulk Pricing Discounts – By incorporating the Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist (RHDS) exam into your educational program, your students have the opportunity to prove what they learned by taking an objective, competency-based exam.
Transcription Trends – For The Record published this article by Elisabeth Altieri, BA, RHIT
Learning Styles – Many people recognize that people vary in their learning styles and techniques. Everyone has a mix of learning styles.
Type online offers a keyboarding test with a stop and start feature. This allows for 1-, 3-, or 5-minute timings. The time in the test must be monitored by either the test taker or the proctor. At the completion of the test the test taker chooses “stop the clock” and the wpm and mistakes are displayed. Test takers may choose to test with words only, numbers only, or a combination of words and numbers.
HPI newsletters for Teachers (click on MT Teachers/e-newsletters for teachers in menu on left for past issues) or Students (click on MT Students e-Newsletters for past issues). For students, each e-mail will contain a short quiz and a study tip for greater success in learning medical transcription, plus a link to the answers for the quiz.
Free past issues of e-Perspectives on the Medical Transcription Profession; this e-zine covers all aspects of medical transcription, usually including something for students, teachers, practitioners, and supervisors and managers.
Emery King's Medical Video Library is a visual library for medical students or working healthcare documentation specialists. This video library covers surgery, prevention, and procedures.
OR Live.com—This website offers real-time and past recorded surgical procedures. If you look under the heading "Specialties," you will see a list of specialized areas and the operative procedures offered. I find this website an amazing tool to teach my students about surgical procedures, medical terminology, and equipment in context so that they will have an idea of what they are hearing. The "Previous Webcast" section offers a list of surgeries that were done in the past.
Healthcare Terminology: A Year in Review—This website allows you to subscribe to free E-newsletters from Advance for Health Information Professionals.
The Speech Accent Archive—This fascinating site, though not specifically using medical vocabulary, provides a valuable insight into how speakers of various languages pronounce English. Go to the Browse section, click on Language/Speakers, and find the accent of your favorite ESL dictators.
ACE DVDs—These video recordings from AHDI’s Annual Convention and Expo provide a valuable selection of topics about the healthcare documentation industry, medical language, and advances in technology and clinical medicine.
Model Job Descriptions—Here you will find what typical scopes of work are for medical transcriptionists, editors, and others in healthcare documentation.
WEBINAR: “A National Survey of MTs: Results, Unique Findings & Future Implications”—Dr. Gary David explains the results of the second Bentley College medical transcription survey, describing current conditions, trends, and future expectations.
Healthcare and the Electronic IT Revolution—Learn what to expect as implementation of the electronic health record proceeds across the United States.
Speech Recognition Technology—Use this important information to understand the types of SRT being used today, as well as trends in SRT editing and compensation for HDSs working as SRT editors.
Plexus and Matrix Archives—AHDI’s flagship publications continue to offer invaluable information for everyone from new professionals to seasoned healthcare documentation specialists.
Training Courses—Here you’ll find an extensive list of courses available from OAK Horizons, AHDI, AHIMA and other sources, addressing topics such as building specialty skills, preparing for certification examinations, and understanding the electronic health record.
Elsevier—is a leading publisher of health science books and journals, helping to advance medicine by delivering superior education, reference information and decision support tools to doctors, nurses, health practitioners and students. With titles available across a variety of media—print, online and handheld, we are able to supply the information you need in the most convenient format. AHDI members save 5% and receive free shipping on many Elsevier publications.
The Electronic Health Record (EHR) The Healthcare Information Technology Revolution—In response to this national mandate toward EHR implementation, AHDI and CDIA worked collaboratively to address the role of the medical transcription sector in helping to facilitate this goal.
Credentialing Candidate Guide—The Candidate Guide contains everything new professionals need to know to prepare for the important step of credentialing as they move forward in their careers.
Collaborative Externship Model—A case study for healthcare documentation companies.
Employment Testing Tip Sheet—This document will provide some advice and helpful tips for before, during, and after taking an employment test.