Legal Transcription – Interview with Chrisel Pacis


So my name is Chrisel, Chrisel Pacis. I actually reside in Canada at the moment. I moved here from the Philippines. 

I’m 26 years old. I am a Bachelor of Nursing graduate. I actually graduated during the pandemic, so that was my educational background. 

But, yeah, so that’s me. 

Working as a Nurse

At the height of the pandemic, I worked as an RN for the first couple years. It was not the best timing, so I wanted to step back from the field for a bit. 

And I found becoming a medical scribe, still in the medical field, but a little like work from home. It’s a little more less intense, I would say. 

And because I had medical knowledge, it was easy to pick up terminology and I could understand conversations with the doctors and patients easier. 

It was just the whole scribing thing of typing was new to me, but I’ve picked that up for about a year now, I’d say.

I’ve been scribing since last year. 

Scribing is Transcription

So scribing is basically transcription. For my work though, we work with doctors and patients live. 

So I sit with them in their office, kind of listening in to the doctor’s appointment as I type. 

And most of my doctors do live dictation, so I got a lot of practice with typing real, real fast with that. 

Working as a Medical Scribe

So I work with American doctors.

Being in Canada, we are virtual scribes. 

So they have a phone or machine with them that connects with us to our app and our computer here, wherever we’re working from home. 

They bring us with them to all the appointments and then we sort of just listen in. 

We ask the patient, “Oh, there’s a scribe listening in. Are you okay with them taking down notes?”

Working from Home

Oh, I love it. I love it. 

I didn’t get the chance during the pandemic. 

I was on the floor with the whole suit, face mask, everything, and I isolated myself the whole first two years. 

And now I love working from home. 

It’s different, it’s very different, but I like taking a break from that. 

Discovering Legal Transcription

So since I started medical scribing, I’ve sort of put nursing in the back end. 

So I’m not really working as a nurse anymore. And that’s when I came across legal transcription

I was like, “Oh, I didn’t know there were other facets to this.”

And then going through your course and you talked about there was general transcription and the law enforcement, I was like, “Whoa, there’s other things to it that I didn’t know.”

So I was so excited taking your course and learning all these things. 

Medical is Helpful in Legal

I didn’t realize coming into transcription that my medical background would be helpful at all because I thought it was very different. 

But definitely knowing the terminology, the spelling and all that, it gives you an advantage to listening in as opposed to someone who’s, you know. 

In-Depth Learning with Learn to Transcribe Academy

Yeah, like I said, it was definitely more in-depth than any training I got from medical scribing. 

The way you gave examples of depositions helped a lot. 

I took a lot of notes based off of those because there’s, you know, theory and then application. That’s two different things. 

Because scribing, we had an onboarding, but it wasn’t as in-depth as your course. 

It took me a couple months to get through, but it was good because I didn’t, yeah, I love the feedback. 

I love that you got back to me so quickly. 

And with that, I was hoping, I thought to myself, I could do this for a long time. 

Like, I really enjoyed it and I found myself with my headphones just typing and not even realizing the time would just go by. 

And I thought, wow, this was something I never felt with nursing where I felt so connected to the work as different as that is, you know. 

So I’m hoping this would be like my long-term goal of working on getting better.

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