medical Gregg???

Hello,

I’m interested in learning shorthand and have looked for information about it several times but just recently decided to give it a go. I’m a medical resident and often find myself wanting to take detailed notes, especially at didactic style conferences so I can review them later. I was going to make up my own abbreviations, but quickly realized that I needed something proven to work, adaptable, and consistent.

I was wondering if someone could answer some questions for me. (I don’t have time at the moment to go through each thread on here and I’m not sure how to search the threads):
– I found the angelfishy site and saw it briefly mentioned that one of the Gregg versions has medical forms one can learn (don’t remember which one). Does anyone have any more information on that?
– Where can I get learning materials for a reasonable price? (I, like many other residents, am poor 😛 )
– I saw the Anniversary manual PDF on the angelfishy site; is that recommended? Is it adequate on its own? (I’m not opposed to investing time to learning the system. I have 3 1/2 more years of residency yet!)
– How should I approach learning this on my own?

Thanks in advance for answering my questions. If there is anyone else here who uses Gregg for medical purposes I’d appreciate any input they can offer.

Sam

(by phantastyque5 for everyone)

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  1. First of all, welcome to the forum!

    The short answer is that you would need to learn the basics of Gregg shorthand before learning the special abbreviations and vocabulary for medical dictation. All series of shorthand (except Centennial) have medical shorthand books (be it in the form of dictation books or dictionaries). In terms of speed, the highest speed potential is achieved with the earlier series; the downside is that these require the most study, because they have a high number of rules and abbreviations. The later series (DJS, Series 90, Centennial) are more geared towards business dictation; they are easier to learn because you would be spelling out more words (less abbreviations, less rules), and as such, their speed potential is less. However, high speeds can be achieved in these series by learning shortcuts and abbreviations from the earlier series.

    When learning, try to spend one hour of study every day. Once you choose which series you want to learn, we can recommend books for you. These are available in used bookstores internet retailers (Abebooks, Barnes & Noble, Alibris), and in eBay. Expect to spend less than $10.00 for these books — in some cases, you can get them really cheap.

    In the Documents section, there is a document called "gregg-shorthand-comparison.pdf" which I wrote a few years ago detailing the differences between the series of Gregg, and which books are available for each series. It may help you decide which series to pursue.

    I learned Anniversary Gregg on my own just before going to college for the same reasons you mentioned. If you're motivated and study, it's a great skill to learn.

    If you have additional questions, post them here. Good luck in your studies!

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