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This is skilled typing and clerical work involving skilled operation of a typewriter and transcribing difficult medical dictation.

Work involves transcribing a variety of medical dictation from tapes. Work also involves performing routine clerical duties. At the beginning of work, detailed instructions and close supervision are received and employees are assigned less difficult and shorter tapes to transcribe. Work is reviewed in progress and upon completion for accuracy.


Transcribes discharge summaries and operative reports dictated by physicians according to established format; types corrected copies.

Uses medical dictionaries, glossaries, and personal notes in transcribing.

Distributes blank tapes, envelopes, and log sheets to various floors of the hospital; picks up dictated tapes.

Photocopies summaries, reports, and other materials; distributes copies to appropriate physician or agency.

Files charts and summaries; puts cards in numerical order.

Performs related work as required.


Graduation from a standard high school, including courses in typing and preferably supplemented by courses in medical terminology; experience as a typist; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Considerable knowledge of medical terminology.

Considerable knowledge of business English, spelling, and punctuation.

Ability to transcribe medical dictation.

Ability to type accurately at a reasonable rate of speed.

Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.

Ability to work under stress and to meet required standards of performance.

Skill in the operation of a typewriter.



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