Terri's Medical Specialty Glossaries (TMSG) are a set of fifteen glossaries for use with Instant Text organized by medical specialty such as Laboratory/Pathology, Oncology, Radiology and OB-GYN. The glossaries have been compiled for use as reference lists, for text entry, or both. Using Instant Text and TMSG you can quickly look up unfamiliar words and phrases, and then enter them into the text at the same time - a real time saver. There are often helpful hints and notations alongside the medical terms as well, as will be shown below. The glossaries range in size from 5000 to 80 entries and have been carefully selected because of their proven use for individual transcriptionists, small or medium transcription services as well national transcription services.
You can open one glossary, several glossaries, or have access to all the glossaries by using the Includes feature of Instant Text (Pro version) or Merge (regular version). You can easily customize your use of TMSG depending on your needs per client, per job, or per transcriptionist.
Here are some screen shots from
the glossaries. Terri's Medical Specialty Glossaries (Set 3, which contains
all 15 glossaries) has been loaded in Instant Text. The Word Advisory is
shown and the Phrase advisory has been turned off for this illustration.
The letters "em" have been typed and the following is displayed:
You can then use any left-to-right abbreviation - the extraordinary "skip ahead" feature of Instant Text - to narrow the choices, then enter the text by using the marker key. To get "Embedded Figures Test", for example, you could type 4 and the marker key. Instant Text uses special keys like the semi-colon to enter text, although one can use the space bar as well. You would type 4 keystrokes to get 21. Or you could type "emb" and the marker key to get the same result.
As seen in this example, Terri's
Glossaries give the acronym (EMACO) and then the expanded version (etoposide,
methotrexate...). Often you may want to enter only the acronym, but on
occasion it may be essential to know the expanded version as well.
In these glossaries, the plural form of a noun is frequently given (Latin:
embolus/emboli), which is helpful to the beginning transcriptionist.
In the following screen shot, we have clicked on "TerrisMSGSet3" in line 3 under the gray "Glossaries" heading, which brings up Instant Text's Glossary Viewer:
This screen shot shows additional typical entries in Terri's glossary set. Note that "ObGyn2" in pink at the lower left indicates which glossary (and medical field) the entry highlighted in blue ("Pomeroy tubal ligation") may be found in. One can also search the glossaries using the "Search" feature on the left hand side of the box.
Another way to check a term would be to open a single glossary back on the main Instant Text page (examples in red above) and do a "wild card" search for a term (that is, typing in letters you think are in the term) rather than using the complete set of 15 glossaries which we have been employing here. Instant Text offers many options in ways to arrange and do things.
Terri's Medical Specialty Glossaries for Instant Text are available in the following sets:
Set 1: AIDS, Cardiovascular, Dermatology, Male Reproductive, Neonatal, Nephrology, Neurology (7 glossaries, c. 2500 entries)
Set 2: Gastrointestinal, Genitourinary, Laboratory/Pathology, OB-GYN, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, and Radiology (8 glossaries c. 13,500 entries)
Set 3: The complete set (all the above
glossaries - Set 1 plus Set 2)
(15 glossaries, c. 16,000 entries)
Notes: For a free sample of Terri's files and other ABCZ software, click here.
Terri's Medical Specialty Glossaries are also
available on her web site in Excel format for reference only - that
is, for reference but not for text entry.