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
04.20.2018
VCU Health System's Emergency Medicine Department is seeking Medical Scribes. Successful applicants should have a strong interest in the medical field. This is a unique opportunity to work in an academic medical center one on one with...
04.20.2018
Job Description: Position Summary: The medical scribe position will support provider (physician and physician assistant) documentation practices to maximize provider productivity, reimbursement, and overall work efficiency. The medical...
04.20.2018
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....
04.20.2018
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....
04.20.2018
- High school diploma or equivalent is required VCU Health System is seeking a full time Medical Scribe Sr. for our level 1 trauma Center Emergency Medicine Department. Successful applicants should have a strong interest in the medical field....
04.20.2018
In office medical scribe (not a remote position)
04.20.2018
The Scribe accompanies the physician into the patient exam room in order to transcribe a history, physical exam, patient instructions, disposition, and document accurately the physician's encounter with the patient and others present. Has basic...
04.20.2018
The Scribe accompanies the physician into the patient exam room in order to transcribe a history, physical exam, patient instructions, disposition, and document accurately the physician's encounter with the patient and others present. Has basic...
04.20.2018
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...
03.19.2018
At the direction of a physician or licensed independent practitioner, the duties of the position are to document the physician dictated patient history, review of systems, medications and allergies, physical examination, family, social and past...
03.10.2018
Description Role Purpose: Accepts responsibility for clinical aspects of the program. Directs program elements including supervision of staff and program development. Documents (on behalf of the provider) all clinically relevant...
11.23.2015
LPN/CMA/RMA RMA, CMA or LPN Computer literacy Exceptional oral and written communication skills Medical Terminology preferred.
04.20.2018
Lakewood Health System has an opening for a full-time Clinic Primary Scribe LPN. The Clinic Primary Scribe LPN will be responsible for assisting with patient flow by escorting patients to exam rooms, obtaining and recording vital statistics,...
12.01.2017
LPN/CMA/RMA CMA/RMA certifcation & maintain hours for recertification Licensed Practical Nurse in the State of Ohio
11.16.2016
LPN/CMA/RMA CMA/RMA certifcation & maintain hours for recertification Licensed Practical Nurse in the State of Ohio Ohio license required Ohio License Required
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  2. Medical Scribe .8FTE Evenings St. Paul, MN Regions Hospital
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  9. Clinical Scribe Pinehurst, NC FirstHealth of the Carolinas
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  11. RN Scribe Oklahoma City, OK SSM Health Oklahoma
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