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
06.26.2017
The Scribe accompanies attending physicians in order to document the patient encounter, allowing contemporaneous completion of history and physical examination. EDUCATION Required: n/a Preferred: High School Diploma or equivalent....
06.26.2017
The Scribe accompanies attending physicians in order to document the patient encounter, allowing contemporaneous completion of history and physical examination. EDUCATION Required: n/a Preferred: High School Diploma or equivalent....
05.15.2017
Accompany physician into the patient examination room in order to transcribe a history and physical exam, and document accurately the physicians encounter with the patient and others present. List all proper diagnoses and symptoms as well as...
11.23.2015
LPN/CMA/RMA RMA, CMA or LPN Computer literacy Exceptional oral and written communication skills Medical Terminology preferred.
04.07.2017
Primary duties include performing all clerical and information technology functions for a physician in a clinic setting. This includes primary responsibility of the operation of the electronic health records and electronic dictation system. You...
06.20.2017
Reporting to the Clinic Director or Clinic Supervisor, responsible for providing assistance to providers in the direct and indirect care of System Practices patients. Accompanies provider during clinic and accurately documents all patient...
06.12.2017
This is an unlicensed position responsible for accompanying Practitioners rounding on current patients to observe/listen and accurately document the patient encounter via real time transcription directly into the electronic medical record....
06.26.2017
Clinic Scribe Full Time February 8, 2017 This position is responsible for scribing medical records and orders into electronic health records for the medical practitioner according to Clinic guidelines. Must be either a Certified Medical...
06.26.2017
Summary This job support Mercy's philosophy of patient centered care by facilitating the delivery of health care services by providing knowledgeable support to the physician or mid-level provider in all aspects of patient care. This includes...
06.26.2017
Scribe This position is responsible for facilitating patient flow in the office setting to ensure an accurate and complete medical record for each patient. Assists medical provider by accompanying them to record details into the Electronic...
06.26.2017
Summary This position supports Mercy's philosophy of patient centered care by presenting excellent customer service and enables the facilitation of positive patient outcomes by providing nursing support to a Mercy provider. Job/Position...
05.18.2017
Must be a high school graduate or the equivalent with GED. Must have completed an accredited medical assistant program. Must be a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) through AAMA or Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) through AMT. CPR required....
05.18.2017
Must be a high school graduate or the equivalent with GED. Must have completed an accredited medical assistant program. Must be a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) through AAMA or Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) through AMT. CPR required....
10.24.2016
LPN/CMA/RMA CMA/RMA certifcation & maintain hours for recertification Licensed Practical Nurse in the State of Ohio Ohio license required
11.16.2016
LPN/CMA/RMA CMA/RMA certifcation & maintain hours for recertification Licensed Practical Nurse in the State of Ohio Ohio license required
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    The Scribe accompanies attending physicians in order to document the patient encounter, allowing contemporaneous completion of history and physical examination. EDUCATION Required: n/a Preferred: High School Diploma or equivalent....
  2. SCRIBE Lynchburg, VA Centra Health
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  7. HIM Medical Scribe Minneapolis, MN Children's Minnesota
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  8. Clinic Scribe Full Time Knoxville, IA Knoxville Hospital & Clinics
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  9. Clinical Scribe - CMA Cedar Rapids, IA Mercy Cedar Rapids
    Summary This job support Mercy's philosophy of patient centered care by facilitating the delivery of health care services by providing knowledgeable support to the physician or mid-level provider in all aspects of patient care. This includes...
  10. Scribe (CMA/LPN) Cookeville, TN Cookeville Regional Medical Center
    Scribe This position is responsible for facilitating patient flow in the office setting to ensure an accurate and complete medical record for each patient. Assists medical provider by accompanying them to record details into the Electronic...
  11. Clinical Scribe - RN Cedar Rapids, IA Mercy Cedar Rapids
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  12. PPG Medical Asst/Scribe - Cert Fort Wayne, IN Parkview Health
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