SayIt Dictation Practice
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SayIt Dictation Practice

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The following practice dictations will help you to learn how to dictate with common formatting.

  1. Place your cursor into the first text field below.
  2. Press and hold the F2 key (OR the dictation button on your recording device) and dictate the sentence in bold above the text box. 
    • Speak the punctuation and formatting commands. 
      Formatting commands are listed in RED TYPE. Say those commands in your dictation to generate formatting in your transcript.  
  3. When you're done dictating the first sample, release the F2 key (or dictation button on your device).
  4. TAB your cursor to the next text field and repeat for each sample.

If you make a mistake on a dictation, use the "Undo" shortcut (F3 key) and then try again. 

Here are some of the common punctuation commands to format your dictation:
. = say "period"                   , = say "comma"
( = say "open paren"        ) = say "close paren"
[ = say "open bracket"       ] = say "closed bracket"
" = say "open quote"         " = say "close quote"

For more punctuation commands, see

Basic Formatting & Punctuation

Patient returns in followup of his sleep apnea. He is here today to review his response to CPAP.

You speak conversationally and SayIt formats the transcript for you, including capitalizing the first word of the sentence as well as commonly used acronyms.

The patient is a 75 year old female who comes in today with concerns of having a stroke.

Notice that "75 year old" was transcribed with hyphens. SayIt formats dictations for you per the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) Book of Style for Medical Transcription. 

No known allergies.

  What if you dictate something wrong? You can use the shortcut "Undo" and then try again. TRY IT!

1.   Use the SHORTCUT (F3) UNDO.

2.   Dictate the new information into the field above: Allergic to codeine.

Now let's say you just dictate a few words wrong (or maybe they got transcribed incorrectly), but you don't want to "undo" your entire dictation.

 First, dictate the sentence below as usual.


Family history positive for heart disease, hypertension, and cerebrovascular accidents. Family history is positive for colon cancer affecting her mother and a brother. The patient has a daughter who was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 40.

 Now let's say you meant to say "father" instead of mother.  

1.  Using your mouse, HIGHLIGHT the word mother in your dictation above.
 2.  With the word highlighted, dictate:     


TIP:  The "lowercase" command lets you start a dictation with a lowercase letter.

Overall, patient has been doing well. Her blood sugars have usually been less than or equal to 135 by home glucose monitoring. 
NEW LINE Her fasting blood sugar today is 120 by our Accu-Chek. 

  The "new line" command moves the cursor one line down.

The patient awakens feeling relatively refreshed.   NEW PARAGRAPH   
In the past few months he has lost between 15 and 18 pounds in combination of dietary and exercise measures.

 The "new paragraph" command moves the cursor two lines down.

ALL CAPS Allergies:  Demerol and codeine. NEW PARAGRAPH

ALL CAPS Medications: Lotensin, Lopid, metoprolol, and Darvocet.

When you say "all caps," the next word in your dictation is transcribed in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. 

The patient subsequently presented to CAPS ON Community Hospital Emergency Room CAPS OFF secondary to worsening of left face swelling and increasing in pain.

With the "caps on"/"caps off" substitution you can easily transcribe several words within a dictation that begin with a capital letter.

ALL CAPS ON REVIEW OF SYSTEMS ALL CAPS OFF The patient continues to have back pain sometimes.

  With the "all caps on"/"all caps off" substitution you can easily transcribe several words within a dictation in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.

I did talk to her and her husband at length regarding atrial fibrillation and Coumadin and the risks for stroke without the Coumadin. She states, OPEN QUOTE I am willing to take that risk. CLOSE QUOTE

Add quotation marks to your transcription using "open quote" and "close quote" commands. 

You could also say, "quote" and "unquote". 


She states, QUOTE I am willing to take that risk. UNQUOTE

Dates & Times

He has a past history of known hyperthyroidism since 1992 and a more recent history of atrial fibrillation and congestive cardiac failure. 

Dictate a year normally, as you would say it in normal conversation.

ALL CAPS ON OPERATIONS PERFORMED ALL CAPS OFF : Chest x-ray July 24 2007, that was normal. Transesophageal echocardiogram July 27th 2007, that was normal.

 You can speak dates conversationally and SayIt formats them in the transcript.
To see a different format, you can also say dates like this: two slash nineteen slash twenty eighteen.

 Try it below!

This 59-year-old white male is seen for comprehensive annual health maintenance examination on two slash nineteen slash twenty eighteen although this patient is in excellent overall health.


 For this next one, just say the numbers of the date as written below.   

A CT scan of the abdomen done on her five nine twenty seventeen, which showed bilateral peripelvic renal cysts and a redundant sigmoid colon. 

The patient's sleep pattern consists of going to bed between ten thirty p.m. and eleven thirty p.m. and awakening between six to seven a.m. on weekdays. On weekends, he might sleep until eight to nine a.m. 

  Speak times by adding "a.m." or "p.m." after the time.

Medical Formatting 

Blood pressure 114 over 98. Pulse 92 but irregular. Respiratory rate 25.

SayIt formatted the blood pressure for you automatically when you speak it conversationally.

TIP: Be sure to say "ONE hundred fourteen" and not "UH hundred fourteen".

Blood pressure 120 over 90, respirations 10, pulse 72, temperature 97 point 2.

 Speak temperatures as you normally would.

Patient is a three years old male who ingested about two to three tablets of Celesta 40 milligram per tablets. The patient said that the pills QUOTE didn't taste good, UNQUOTE so it is presumed that the patient actually ingested at least two-and-a-half tablets of Celesta, 40 milligrams per tablet.

 Notice that "milligrams" was transcribed as "mg", per the AHDI style guide.

The right ovary measures 3.1 by 1.6 by 2.3 centimeters. The left ovary measures 3.3 by 1.9 by 3.5 centimeters. No free fluid is detected.

You speak the measurement conversationally, and SayIt formats it for you.

White cell count is 7.4, hemoglobin 12.9, hematocrit 39, platelet count of 313,000, differential is normal with 51% neutrophils, 37% lymphocytes, 9% monocytes and 3% eosinophils. The basic electrolyte panel is within normal limits and the renal function is normal with BUN of 17 and creatinine of 0.5. Liver function tests are also within normal limits.

Zocor 40 mg once a day, and there is a fasting lipid profile pending at the time of this dictation. I see that his LDL was 136 on May 3, 2002.

 SayIt knows medication names and transcribes dosages per the AHDI style guide.

ALL CAPS ON CURRENT MEDICATIONS ALL CAPS OFF : Evista 60 daily, Levothroid 0.05 mg daily, Claritin 10 daily, Celebrex 200 daily, HCTZ 25 daily and amitriptyline p.r.n.

Numbered Lists

ALL CAPS ON current medications: ALL CAPS OFF

Using the "number next" command you can create numbered lists that automatically numerate and add the "new line" commands for you. 

KEEP IN MIND however that the "number next" command only works within ONE SINGLE DICTATION. 

If you stop dictating and then start up again in the middle of a list, it will start a new list with 1. 


With your cursor still in the text field above, dictate 

  Lamictal 250 mg b.i.d. NEW LINE  
  Depo-Provera NEW LINE
  Ambien 12.5 mg nightly

You can also make lists (or add on to lists) using "new line" and dictating the numerals.

NUMBER NEXT History of gastroesophageal reflux disease, controlled with medications.
NUMBER NEXT History of transient ischemic attack managed with medications.
NUMBER NEXT History of anxiety controlled with medications.

To learn more about formatting commands and punctuation that you can use with SayIt,
 open the question mark menu and select
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