PhysAssist has scribes in clinics and hospitals across the United States. I work in the emergency department so I can speak to this job setting. Once you are hired you go through a week-long, online training. After this, you begin training shifts with a fellow scribe in the emergency room until you are ready to work on your own. In the emergency department, you follow doctors into patient's rooms and document on a computer the patient's medical concern, past history and other relevant information. Once you leave the room, you sit with the doctor and enter their physical exam findings, medical decision making and lab and radiology findings. You work with one doctor for an entire 8 or 9 hour shift. It is very fast paced and you are expected to work professionally through all sorts of interesting, awkward and/or traumatic situations.
Medical Scribe and Trainer at PhysAssist Scribes, Inc.
about 2 years ago
A medical scribe for PhysAssist, here in Greeley, works in the Emergency Department of the North Colorado Medical Center. A scribe's job is to accompany the physician during their shift and to be in charge of ensuring that the medical record is appropriately updated so that everything that occurs during the patient's visit to the ED is accurately documented. We also inform our physicians of new patients coming in, results that have come back, and old findings from previous records. Our job is busy and requires medical knowledge, the ability to learn quickly, the willingness to ask questions, orientation to detail, fast typing skills, and the ability to take a lot of disparate information and unify it into a succinct whole.