Scribes shadow Emergency Department (ED) Physicians, Residents, PAs, and ARNPs overseeing the documentation of each patient’s visit to the ED. Our program provides a comprehensive training manual, 20 hours of paid online training, and 3-6 weeks of paid on-site training where new scribes work alongside experienced scribes. Initially, new scribes learn how to effectively and efficiently complete an accurate Electronic Medical Record. However, the real benefit of the program is what the scribes learn outside of the classroom setting. In the ED, providers treat patients with various complaints of all acuities spanning all fields of medicine. Additionally, the scribes develop professional & personal relationships with 30 or more ED providers, quickly adapting to their respective styles of practice.
What We Look For in Applicants
- Ability to make an 18-month commitment to the program.
- Applicants should aspire to become a Medical Doctor, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Physician Assistant, or Nurse Practitioner.
- Currently enrolled in BA/BS program, post-baccalaureate students, or a recent college graduate.
- Completion of an anatomy and/or medical terminology class are preferred, but not mandatory.
- Ability to multitask with attention to detail.
- Team player with strong work ethic who displays integrity and a willingness to be flexible.
- Minimum typing speed of 55 words per minute.
- Computer literate.
- Flexible schedule: all scribes are required to work a variety of shifts including days, nights, weekends, and some holidays.
- We will never schedule you to work when you have class.
- No prior experience is necessary. On the job paid training.
- Providers that will treat you like a team member.
Our program is really a “program” and not just a job. Our focus it not to merely provide a service to our physicians, but to give our scribes a clinical experience in an emergency environment. We work hard to give our scribes the support needed to become proficient while providing opportunities to learn medicine from great physicians that love to teach. Our goal is to have past scribes that are in medical school remain in contact so they can help mentor those following in their footsteps. In return, we ask our scribes to be loyal to our program while putting our scheduling before everything but school.
Benefits to Providers and Patients
- Improves patient care – the provider can spend more time maintaining eye contact with the patient rather than documenting while the patient talks
- Increases efficiency of the provider – many providers spend up to 50% of their time documenting
- Makes the provider record a more complete document for clinical communication, billing, legal and quality assurance
Benefits of Being a Scribe
- Be a respected member and integral part of the Emergency Medicine team
- Observe numerous patients with injuries and disease
- Be exposed to different medical specialists
- Become fluent in the “language of medicine”
- Become accustomed to electronic medical record documentation
- Prepare for medical/PA school interviews
- Master note taking skills
- And so much more!
The commitments outlined below are non-negotiable. This program requires a significant commitment of time and energy, but no more so than a medical school or residency program. If medicine is your path, the Scribe Program will prepare you to excel in your future endeavors.
We are looking for applicants that can give an 18-month commitment to the program. Special consideration, for a 1-year commitment, may be given to those in a gap year and currently applying to Medical or Physician Assistant School who could be accepted and may not be able to complete the two-year requirement. Our full-time scribes work a maximum of 40 hours per week, which equates to about 16 shifts per month. Our part-time scribes work a maximum of 20 hours per week, which equates to about 8 shift per month.
Due to the nature of the ED, shift times vary widely. We staff multiple emergency departments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays. As such, if you are a student we can work around your school schedule and will never schedule scribes to work during class. Likewise, we expect each scribe to be very flexible. All scribes are expected to work some days, some nights, some weekends, and some holidays. We will take into consideration volunteer commitments and religious requests, but in the end, we need to cover our shifts and may have to ask you to be extra flexible at times.
Scribe shifts are 10 hours long. During a single shift, the scribe will likely work with a variety of providers including doctors, residents, PAs and ARNPs.
Applicants must commit to work in all areas and locations of the Emergency Department. Individual scribe preferences will be considered, but the decision to assign scribes among the hospitals ultimately lies with the Scribe manager. A car or reliable transportation is necessary to make sure you can get to your shifts on time.