The SUM Program for Medical Transcription Training
Student Syllabus, 5th edition
Preface to Fifth Edition 3
Step-by-Step Instructions for Self-Directed Students 4
Error Diagnostics 6
Beginning Course Descriptions and Outlines 7
Assignments for Beginning Medical Transcription, 2nd ed. 11
Anatomy and Physiology 13
Medical Terminology 16
Medical Science 20
Human Diseases or Disease Processes 22
Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures in Medicine I 28
Beginning Medical Transcription Practice/Professional Issues 32
Intermediate Course Descriptions and Outlines
Assignments for (Intermediate) Surgery Transcription Unit 35
Surgical Procedures 36
Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures in Medicine II 38
Intermediate Medical Transcription Practice 41
Advanced Course Descriptions and Outlines 44
Advanced Medical Transcription Practice 46
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Preface to the Fifth Edition
The SUM Program Student Syllabus was designed to provide students in every setting with a
comprehensive, efficient, user-friendly guide for integrating and mastering courses of study that will help
them prepare for a career in medical transcription.
Students whose circumstances necessitate independent study in part or in whole--whether at home, in
schools, or in medical facilities--will find the syllabus invaluable in helping them plan and execute a
detailed course of study. In addition, the easy-to-follow format will help curb some of the apprehensions
of working without a teacher or tutor nearby.
This edition of The SUM Program Student Syllabus contains assignments for beginning, intermediate,
and advanced transcription. The assignments for beginning students are found on pages 11-12. The
"Assignment Grid for Beginning Medical Transcription" provides textbook assignments for the seven
beginning courses: Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Terminology, Medical Science, Human Diseases or
Disease Processes, Pharmacology, Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures in Medicine I, and
Beginning (Medical) Transcription Practice/Professional Issues. These courses are studied concurrently.
Following the grid pages are the course outlines which coordinate with the assignments in the beginning
medical transcription grid. More specific information is provided in "Step-by-Step Instructions for Self-
Directed Students," pp. 4-5.
Assignments for intermediate (surgery) students are located after the beginning course descriptions and
outlines. The grid entitled "Assignments for SUM Program (Intermediate) Surgery Transcription Unit,"
p. 35, contains textbook assignments for the three intermediate courses: Surgical Procedures, Laboratory
Tests and Diagnostic Procedures in Medicine II, and Intermediate (Surgery) Transcription Practice. These
advanced courses are studied concurrently.
Assignments for advanced students are located near the back of the syllabus. The pages containing the
course description and outline which coordinate with the assignments in Advanced Medical Transcription
Practice complete the syllabus. There are no textbook assignments.
We acknowledge with gratitude the input of teachers who have taught The SUM Program and the feedback
from independent study students; their suggestions have been invaluable in enabling us to develop this
syllabus. It is our hope that it will serve as a reliable educational help and guide to all who use it.
Linda C. Campbell, CMT, FAAMT
Step-by-Step Instructions for Self-Directed Students
Make sure you have all of the required textbooks and reference books listed under "Course Descriptions
and Recommended Textbooks," pp. 7-10. These are necessary before you can start using The SUM
Read all of the introductory articles at the beginning of the Transcript Keys book on CD-ROM. These
articles provide information on using The SUM Program in general, on transcribing medical reports, using
references, editing dictation, and much more. Refer to these guidelines as necessary.
This syllabus contains three assignment grids. The first is "Assignments for SUM Program Beginning
Medical Transcription, 2nd edition (2004)," which provides 15 sections of assignments for seven classes,
and which you will use for The SUM Program Beginning Medical Transcription, 2nd edition, course.
Following this assignment grid, you will find the course outlines for each of the seven classes: Anatomy
and Physiology, Medical Terminology, Medical Science, Human Diseases or Disease Processes, Pharma-
cology, Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures in Medicine I, and Beginning Medical Transcription
Beginning students: Beginning students should refer to the grid "Assignments for SUM Program
Beginning Medical Transcription, 2nd edition (2005)," pp. 11-12. Down the left column of the page is
the section number with the medical specialty (note that Section 1 says "Introduction, Dermatology/
Plastics"). Across the top of the grid are the seven courses. Start with Anatomy and Physiology first. Note
the assigned pages for Section 1 readings and exercises in your textbook. These are the assignments you
will complete first. After you have completed the Section 1 assignments for Anatomy and Physiology,
move on to the Medical Terminology course assignments for Section 1. When you have completed the
readings and exercises for Medical Terminology, move on to the Medical Science assignments for Section
1, and so on, until you have finished all of the textbook readings and exercises within a section.
Intermediate students: The second assignment grid, entitled "Assignments for SUM Program (Inter-
mediate) Surgery Transcription Unit," p. 35, follows the beginning course outlines. It provides 15 sections
of assignments for the three classes. Following this assignment grid are the course outlines for each of the
three classes: Surgical Procedures, Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures in Medicine II, and
Advanced Medical Transcription Practice. The advanced courses are studied in the same fashion as the
Advanced students: The third assignment sheet, entitled "Advanced Medical Transcription," follows the
intermediate course outlines. It provides 15 sections of assignments for advanced transcription. There are
no textbook assignments for advanced students.
Within each section, complete the textbook readings and exercises BEFORE attempting to transcribe the
section's corresponding dictation assignment. After completing the textbook assignments within the first
section, begin transcribing the first report on the tape or CD-ROM. Remember to use your dictionary and
other reference books to look up unfamiliar words. DO NOT refer to the Transcript Answer Keys until
you have finished a report to the best of your ability.
When you have finished transcribing the first report to the best of your ability, check it against the
transcript answer key. Mark your errors. Then go to the "Error Diagnostics," page 6, and follow those
When you have finished a section, transcribe (NOT just simply retype) the same reports again, using
reference books as necessary but NOT referring to your previously transcribed work. You should find a
significant decrease in the number of errors made.
After completing all of the readings, exercises, and transcription assignments in Section 1, move on to
Section 2. Complete Section 2 in the same manner as Section 1. Complete the rest of the sections
sequentially, in the same fashion as Section 1 and Section 2.
Your ultimate goal is to produce an error-free document the first time you transcribe it, but this
will take some time. You may find it necessary to transcribe a document more than twice before you
can produce a correct document.
Although punctuation is important in medical transcription, many students spend way too much
time fretting over its proper usage. This is especially true with commas! Learning to interpret
dictated medical words is much more important.
Even if you have had previous classes in anatomy, medical terminology, human diseases, etc., you
should still complete the assigned material from the respective textbooks before transcribing each
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