I have really enjoyed being a medical scribe because I have been able to work closely with physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners and see their interactions with their patients, their medical decision making process, and their overall work flow. I have really enjoyed the personal and professional connections I have made with the providers and all of their wisdom and feedback for my future career plans.
I loved getting the experience of working directly with a physician and learning to think about patient encounters the same way that a provider does. The job was highly educational in terms of medical terminology, ED flow, and disease treatment as well. But most importantly, I liked the chance to get ahead of my med school competition by already knowing how to fill out a patient chart, interact with patients and other staff, and just generally function in a clinical setting.
I love the flexibility of my job, I'm able to input my availability for the upcoming month and the managers do everything they can to accommodate it. I also enjoy being able to meet an array of medical professionals and work closely with doctors; through ScribeAmerica I'm able to learn exactly what it's like to be a doctor while also gaining vital knowledge and experience for medical school. The only thing that I dislike about my job is being on my feet for 8+ hours, although there are also 4 hour shifts available that employees can take to avoid this and they can utilize this option if they need even more flexibility to work around school.
Working as a scribe, I was able to build really strong connections with a few incredible physicians. You get to see everything they do in the day, so you see every patient interaction, every physician exam, blood test, etc. I was in charge of creating the electronic note for the patient which includes their history, their current symptoms, the testing they’re having done, and the doctors decisions. Instead of shadowing a doctor (where I’m more of a guest in their practice), as a a scribe I was truly a part of the Healthcare team. I learned so much from the doctors and patients (medical jargon, and medical thought processes, but more importantly how to treat patients kindly, how to allay their fears, and how to help them in any way we can). It was an amazing experience and I loved both physicians I worked with (a primary care office and a gastrointestinal practice). They were both very different in terms of what they do but also ow they practice, so I learned a lot about my interests as a premed.