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Medical Scribes: Where Are They Now?


  • Sudhinder Koushik

    Medical School:
    Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Kelsey Baker

    Medical School:
    Wayne State University

  • Annie Hammer

    Physician Assistant (PA) School:
    Jefferson College of Health Sciences

  • Michael Sestito

    Medical School:
    University of Virginia

What is a Medical Scribe?

Excerpt from ScribeAmerica.com

A Medical Scribe is a revolutionary concept in modern medicine. Traditionally, a physician’s job has been focusing solely on direct patient contact and care. However, the advent of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) created an overload of documentation and clerical responsibilities that slows physicians down and pulls them away from actual patient care. To relieve the documentation overload, physicians across the country are turning to Medical Scribe services.

A Medical Scribe is essentially a personal assistant to the physician; performing documentation in the EHR, gathering information for the patient’s visit, and partnering with the physician to deliver the pinnacle of efficient patient care.

For someone interested in medicine, whether it is a personal interest, or part of a career goal to become a physician or physician assistant, the chance to become a Medical Scribe is unlike any other opportunity available. It offers exciting one-on-one collaboration with a physician, and is unprecedented in its level of exposure to real medicine in practice.

A background in Medical Scribing is quickly becoming the standard for pre-medical experience, and is suggested by medical school acceptance committees across the country. The competition to become a Medical Scribe is intense, and the demand for Medical Scribe services across the country has never been higher.