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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

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. Contact AHDI's staff liaison Tina Wilson, twilson@ahdionline.org, for more information on volunteering.

Resource Materials

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.


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.


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.


EHR Future Roles Survey—Bentley University researchers teamed up with AHDI to develop and conduct a survey of EHR future roles to provide a perspective into the roles and responsibilities fulfilled by the different professionals in the EHR process life-cycle.


Emery King's Medical Video Library—A visual library for medical students or working healthcare documentation specialists. This video library covers surgery, prevention, and procedures.


Employment Testing Tip Sheet—This document will provide some advice and helpful tips for before, during, and after taking an employment test.


eSource for Healthcare Documentation Instructors—A vital resource for users of the AHDI Model Curriculum.


Healthcare Terminology: A Year in Review—This website allows you to subscribe to free E-newsletters from Advance for Health Information Professionals.


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.


Learning Styles—Many people recognize that people vary in their learning styles and techniques. Everyone has a mix of learning styles. An Explanation of Learning Styles.


Model Job Descriptions—Here you will find what typical scopes of work are for medical transcriptionists, editors, and others in healthcare documentation.


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.


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.


Session Recordings—These 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.


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.


Training Courses—Here you’ll find an extensive list of courses available from AHDI and OAK Horizons addressing topics such as building specialty skills, preparing for certification examinations, and understanding the electronic health record.


Transcription Trends—For The Record published this article by Elisabeth Altieri, BA, RHIT.


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.


The Value of Credentialing—A great resource of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to assist in promoting the benefits of becoming credentialed in healthcare documentation.

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