Sample Study Schedule

One reason The SUM Program for Medical Transcription Training is so effective in helping students learn medical transcription is the coordinated learning approach used to study each body system. The chart below illustrates how students benefit from concentrated exposure to a body system, learning all components simultaneously. This method of study promotes better understanding and memory retention.


Section 10: Orthopedics 

Course Name



Anatomy & Physiology

Memmler’s Structure & Function of the Human Body, 9th ed. (SFHB)

SFHB Ch. 6, Skeleton, Bones, Joints (and related exercises).

Medical Terminology

The Language of Medicine, 8th ed. (LOM)

LOM Ch. 15, Musculoskeletal System (Bones and Joints and related exercises).

Medical Science

H&P: A Nonphysician’s Guide to the Medical History and Physical Examination, 4th ed. (H&P)

H&P Ch 12, Neuromuscular

Human Diseases OR Disease Processes

Human Diseases, 3rd ed. (HD)

HD Ch 17, Musculoskeletal Disorders.


Understanding Pharmacology, 4th ed. (UP)

UP Ch 14, Musculoskeletal Drugs.

Laboratory Medicine 1

Laboratory Tests & Diagnostic Procedures in Medicine (LTDP)

LTDP .Ch 23, Molecular Biology.

BMT Practice and Professional Issues

The Medical Transcription Workbook, 3rd ed. and The SUM Program BMT2 CD.

MTWB Section 2, Muskuloskelatal System

Transcribe Orthopedics reports #1-22.


Contrast this with the methods so widely used in the past where students take a medical terminology class one semester, a laboratory and anatomy class the next semester, a human diseases and medical science class the third semester, and then finally start transcribing their fourth semester (long after they have forgotten much of what they learned)!

With The SUM Program, students start transcribing from day one, and learning all components simultaneously is more interesting and effective.