In this screen shot from Shorthand,
the letters "te" have been typed. A wealth of information is quickly available
for reference or to enter into the document. As in this example, the full
form of numerous acronyms (TEC) is often given. The file also contains
singular and plural forms (theca, thecae), which is particularly useful
for those starting out in medical transcription. For text entry -
to enter "Tesio catheter" into the document, you would press F5, or "cac"
and the space bar. You can also scroll through all the entries beginning
with "te" by repeatedly hitting the comma.
In this example, "rd" has been typed. Again, information relevant to those letters is instantly available - and can be placed into the text, saving many keystrokes, if desired. With about 15,300 entries, many common medical expressions, acronyms and terms are immediately available, without having to switch to another program to do a search. As in the earlier example, final letters "b", "c", "d", etc. are used to differentiate between identical short forms.
Here only "it" has been typed.
The example shows further typical examples from the numerous medical specialties
from which the file has been compiled: AIDS, Cardiovascular,
Dermatology, Male_Reproductive, Neonatal, Nephrology, Neurology, Gastrointestinal,
Genitourinary, Laboratory_Pathology, ObGyn, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, and Radiology. As can be seen, massive keystroke savings are easily obtainable with these entries. E.g. "it" plus F8 (3 keystrokes) would yield 27 counting the spaces, which is a gain of 900%.
Shorthand requires each short form to be unique, so there is an alternate version of Terri's file which is identical to this version except that every entry begins with the letter "k". This is to prevent any likelihood that short forms will conflict when using multiple files at the same time ("linked"), should you decide to use this file with your master file, or with other ABCZ files. The letter "k" was selected because it is a home row key, is seldom used otherwise, and the resulting short forms will not conflict with other ABCZ files.
Note: Terri's Medical Specialty File is also available on her web site in Excel format for reference only - that is, for reference but not for text entry.
You may order Terri's MSF from either this web site or from Terri's web site. You may use PayPal on either site, or a credit card on this site.