Medical Scribe - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Medical Scribe


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Job Description

 

A medical scribe plays an important role in the day-to-day duties of physicians. Since physicians must focus on direct patient contact and care, they need someone to help document patient visits and take care of clerical responsibilities.  

Medical scribes relieve the documentation overload on physicians and gather information on the patient's visit. 

A background in medical scribing is quickly becoming the standard for students in pre-medical programs that want to become physicians or physician assistants.

Now, medical schools suggest their candidates work as medical scribes before going to medical school.

With new standards, the competition to become a medical scribe is intense, and the demand for medical scribe services across the country is growing more every year. 

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Responsibilities

  

A medical scribe's primary duties are to follow a physicians through his or her work day and chart patient encounters in real-time using a medical office's electronic health record (EHR).

Medical scribes also generate referral letters for physicians, manage and sort medical documents within the EHR system, and assist with e-prescribing.

Medical scribes are basically data care managers enabling physicians, medical assistants, and nurses to focus on patient in-take and care during clinic hours.

Medical scribes free up a physician's time by handling data management tasks, so the physician can increase their patient contact time, think more thoroughly about cases, manage patient flow, and increase overall productivity. 

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Skills

 

Communication Must be able to clearly convey thoughts and ideas to doctors and patients. Must be able to take information and record patient visits to help physicians. 
Computer Skills Must be able to use electronic charting methods hospitals utilize (electronic health records). Must be able to type at a high level as well and organize information on a computer. 
Critical Thinking Must use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Multitasking Must take on many tasks at once and help physicians balance their workloads. You might have to take down patient records, deal with clerical obligations, and help with e-documents, so you need to be able to balance all of your daily tasks. 
Punctuality Being on time is important, because you will work along side physicians and since their time is important, you being on time is super important. They need you to help them manage tasks throughout a day, so if you're not their, they can't take care of all the things they need to.
Time Management Must be able to balance work and school, as you will most likely do this job while in college. 
Trustworthiness Must be trustworthy because you have to keep patient histories and make sure records are correct. You also help with e-prescriptions, so you must make sure everything is correct so you don't hurt people. 

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Working Conditions

 

A medical scribe can work on-site at a hospital, clinic, or other medical facility, or they can work remotely from a HIPAA-secure facility.

Medical scribes who work at an off-site location are known as virtual medical scribes and normally work in clinical settings. Some can even work from home. 

Most medical scribes work part time for 2 years in about 8-12 shifts per month, or full time for 1 year in about 16-20 shifts per month.

They can work in a hectic environment, running around with physicians, documenting patient visits and taking care of clerical tasks. 

 

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Salary Outlook

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08.23.2019
VCU Health System is seeking Medical Scribes! Opportunity to work in an academic medical center, one on one with physicians, in fast-paced, dynamic ambulatory clinics. Medical Scribes are responsible for the accurate and efficient documentation...
08.23.2019
Nursing Holzer Sycamore A Medical Scribe - Sycamore Full Time, Day Shift, 40 hours per week Salary: Please Contact HR for further information; 740.446.5105 The medical scribe is to assist the physician by accurately documenting the...
08.23.2019
Nursing Holzer Main - Gallipolis Medical Scribe - Main Full Time, Day Shift, 0830-5pm Salary: Please Contact HR for further information; 740.446.5105 The medical scribe is to assist the physician by accurately documenting the physician's...
07.11.2019
This is an exciting time to join the Orthopedic team at Northfield Hospital & Clinics. In this newly created position as a Medical Scribe you'll work alongside the Orthopedic Physicians as they see patients for a variety of concerns including...
08.23.2019
Lakewood Health System has an opening for part-time Medical Scribe at our Staples location. The Medical Scribe will be an integral part of our specialty care team, scribing for our orthopedic providers in an active clinic setting. The Medical...
08.23.2019
Nursing Holzer Main - Gallipolis Main Urology PBB Full Time, Day Shift, 8 am to 5 pm Salary: N108; Minimum $14.67/hr The medical scribe is to assist the physician by accurately documenting the physician's encounter with the patient as they...
08.23.2019
Nursing Holzer Main - Gallipolis Main OB/Gyn PBB Full Time, Day Shift, 8:00 - 5:00; M-F Work Week Salary: Please Contact HR for further information; 740.446.5105 The medical scribe is to assist the physician by accurately documenting the...
08.23.2019
Medical Office Scribe This position will perform all clerical and information technology functions for a physician in a clinical setting. This includes primary responsibility for the operation of the electronic health records and...
08.23.2019
VCU Health System is seeking a Medical Scribes Sr. Opportunity to work in an academic medical center, one on one with physicians, in fast-paced, dynamic ambulatory clinics. Medical Scribes are responsible for the accurate and efficient...
08.07.2019
-Accompany physician into the patient examination room in order to transcribe a history and physical exam, and document accurately the physician's encounter with the patient and other's present. -List all proper diagnosis and symptoms as well...
08.21.2019
Performs a variety of clinical and administrative tasks within their scope of training and certification, under the direct supervision of the healthcare providers working in the Gritman clinics and in compliance with rules and regulations set...
08.23.2019
The Medical Assistant-Scribe Dermatology, under the medical direction of the Clinic Physicians and the general administrative direction of the Clinic Manager, works alongside the physician throughout a shift to handle a variety of clerical tasks,...
07.23.2019
Medial Assistant / Scribe opportunity in beautiful Hamilton, Montana!! Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital is seeking candidates to fill an MA Scribe position on our Medical Clinics Dermatology team. The Medical Assistant/Scribe will provide both...
08.23.2019
Reviews vital signs and general health information in patient chart. Accompanies provider(s) into patient examination room to accurately and efficiently document the encounter including HPI, physical exam, and assessment and plan as presented...
08.23.2019
Reviews vital signs and general information in patient chart. Accompanies provider(s) into patient examination room to accurately and efficiently document the encounter including HPI, physical exam, and assessment and plan as presented by...
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    VCU Health System is seeking Medical Scribes! Opportunity to work in an academic medical center, one on one with physicians, in fast-paced, dynamic ambulatory clinics. Medical Scribes are responsible for the accurate and efficient documentation...
  2. Medical Scribe Gallipolis, OH Holzer
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    Lakewood Health System has an opening for part-time Medical Scribe at our Staples location. The Medical Scribe will be an integral part of our specialty care team, scribing for our orthopedic providers in an active clinic setting. The Medical...
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