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

Title Company Location Posted
04.19.2019
The main role of a scribe is to support physicians as they care for patients. The primary way to support physicians is by documenting patient encounters so they can focus on their patients. This generates better documentation, better patient...
04.17.2019
VCU Health System's Emergency Medicine Department is seeking Medical Scribes! Opportunity to work in an academic medical center, one on one with physicians, advanced practice providers, and residents in a fast-paced, dynamic Emergency...
04.17.2019
VCU Health System's Emergency Medicine is seeking Medical Scribes Sr. The incumbent in this role specializes in documenting the physician-patient encounter in real time. In the absence of the scribe supervisor / manager, is designated as the...
08.10.2018
LPN/CMA/RMA RMA, CMA or LPN Computer literacy Exceptional oral and written communication skills Medical Terminology preferred. The medical scribe is to assist the physician by accurately documenting the physician's encounter with the...
03.13.2019
LPN/CMA/RMA CMA/RMA certifcation & maintain hours for recertification CPR certification required. Licensed Practical Nurse in the State of Ohio The medical scribe is to assist the physician by accurately documenting the physician's...
03.19.2019
LPN/CMA/RMA CMA/RMA certifcation & maintain hours for recertification Licensed Practical Nurse in the State of Ohio The medical scribe is to assist the physician by accurately documenting the physician's encounter with the patient as...
03.18.2019
LPN/CMA/RMA CMA/RMA certifcation & maintain hours for recertification Licensed Practical Nurse in the State of Ohio Ohio license required Ohio License Required The medical scribe is to assist the physician by accurately documenting...
04.16.2019
LPN/CMA/RMA CMA/RMA certifcation & maintain hours for recertification Licensed Practical Nurse in the State of Ohio The medical scribe is to assist the physician by accurately documenting the physician's encounter with the patient as...
04.17.2019
Scribes shadow resident physicians and attending physicians and completes all documentation tasks through real time, on-site medical transcription. Also responsible for ensuring thoroughness of medical documentation, coordination and integration...
04.17.2019
As a part of Duke LifePoint Healthcare, our community hospital is being supported with more resources than ever before. Duke LifePoint combines Duke University Health System's unparalleled expertise in clinical excellence, quality and patient...
04.19.2019
Scribe America Staff Only
04.17.2019
Essential Job Responsibilities Maintains a professional image and exhibits excellent customer relations to patients, visitors, physicians, and co-workers in accordance with our Service Excellence Standards and Core Values. The medical scribe is...
04.19.2019
: To increase the efficiency and productivity of the physician by allowing the provider to focus on direct patient care by accurately documenting all procedures, treatments, and interactions as they are being performed by health care provider...
01.10.2019
Assists provider to facilitate patient flow through the Physician Clinic and ensure an accurate and complete medical record for each patient. The Scribe assists the medical provider by accompanying them during the office visit and accurately...
04.19.2019
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...
  1. Medical Scribe Cambridge, MA Cambridge Health Alliance
    The main role of a scribe is to support physicians as they care for patients. The primary way to support physicians is by documenting patient encounters so they can focus on their patients. This generates better documentation, better patient...
  2. Medical Scribe Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System's Emergency Medicine Department is seeking Medical Scribes! Opportunity to work in an academic medical center, one on one with physicians, advanced practice providers, and residents in a fast-paced, dynamic Emergency...
  3. Medical Scribe Sr Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System's Emergency Medicine is seeking Medical Scribes Sr. The incumbent in this role specializes in documenting the physician-patient encounter in real time. In the absence of the scribe supervisor / manager, is designated as the...
  4. Medical Scribe Gallipolis, OH Holzer
    LPN/CMA/RMA RMA, CMA or LPN Computer literacy Exceptional oral and written communication skills Medical Terminology preferred. The medical scribe is to assist the physician by accurately documenting the physician's encounter with the...
  5. Medical Scribe Gallipolis, OH Holzer
    LPN/CMA/RMA CMA/RMA certifcation & maintain hours for recertification CPR certification required. Licensed Practical Nurse in the State of Ohio The medical scribe is to assist the physician by accurately documenting the physician's...
  6. Medical Scribe Gallipolis, OH Holzer
    LPN/CMA/RMA CMA/RMA certifcation & maintain hours for recertification Licensed Practical Nurse in the State of Ohio The medical scribe is to assist the physician by accurately documenting the physician's encounter with the patient as...
  7. Medical Scribe Gallipolis, OH Holzer
    LPN/CMA/RMA CMA/RMA certifcation & maintain hours for recertification Licensed Practical Nurse in the State of Ohio Ohio license required Ohio License Required The medical scribe is to assist the physician by accurately documenting...
  8. Medical Scribe Gallipolis, OH Holzer
    LPN/CMA/RMA CMA/RMA certifcation & maintain hours for recertification Licensed Practical Nurse in the State of Ohio The medical scribe is to assist the physician by accurately documenting the physician's encounter with the patient as...
  9. Medical Scribe - UVA Pediatrics Charlottesville, Vi University of Virginia Health System
    Scribes shadow resident physicians and attending physicians and completes all documentation tasks through real time, on-site medical transcription. Also responsible for ensuring thoroughness of medical documentation, coordination and integration...
  10. MOA / Medical Scribe Rutherfordton, NC Rutherford Regional Health System
    As a part of Duke LifePoint Healthcare, our community hospital is being supported with more resources than ever before. Duke LifePoint combines Duke University Health System's unparalleled expertise in clinical excellence, quality and patient...
  11. Contract Scribe Fort Myers, FL Lee Health
    Scribe America Staff Only
  12. Scribe - McLeod OB/GYN Seacoast Florence, SC McLeod Health
    Essential Job Responsibilities Maintains a professional image and exhibits excellent customer relations to patients, visitors, physicians, and co-workers in accordance with our Service Excellence Standards and Core Values. The medical scribe is...
  13. Medical Scribe-1 year experience required Knoxville, TN East Tennessee Children's Hospital
    : To increase the efficiency and productivity of the physician by allowing the provider to focus on direct patient care by accurately documenting all procedures, treatments, and interactions as they are being performed by health care provider...
  14. Scribe, SWC Stillwater, OK Stillwater Medical
    Assists provider to facilitate patient flow through the Physician Clinic and ensure an accurate and complete medical record for each patient. The Scribe assists the medical provider by accompanying them during the office visit and accurately...
  15. Clinical Scribe Pinehurst, NC FirstHealth of the Carolinas
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