Scribes – What is a Scribe?
CEP America’s scribe program started out exclusively serving our emergency departments. The program has grown and our scribes now work across inpatient departments, as well as outpatient settings such as oncology and primary care clinics. Scribes document patients’ medical histories and physical exams as they work with CEP America healthcare providers in the emergency department. They also work closely with our hospitalists in the intensive care, telemetry, medical/surgical, and other units to help with documentation of admissions, rounding, and discharge.
Our scribes are trained in medical terminology and medical documentation. They receive customized training using the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) or documentation system specific to their hospital. Scribes do not perform any clinical duties nor do they provide direct patient care, but they assist with a number of important tasks and play a key role in allowing physicians to spend more time with patients.
A scribe’s role primarily consists of the following:
- Documentation of inpatient admissions, rounding, and discharges
- Documentation of the clinical encounter and diagnostic studies
- Tracking the progress of diagnostic studies
- Alerting the provider when studies have been completed
- Reviewing charts for proper and complete documentation
- Preparing discharge summaries and sending to PCPs
Typically, scribes are either undergraduates or post baccalaureate students with an interest in the healthcare field. Most, but not all scribes have the intention of attending medical, physician assistant, or nursing school.
"I have gained a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge as a scribe in the emergency department. This position allows for real world application and continuous building on my previous education. Prospectively everything that I have learned and continue to learn is going to be so beneficial for my preparation for PA school."
Sutter Delta Medical Center
Benefits of Being a Scribe
CEP America offers paid positions and comprehensive training. Working as a scribe provides an invaluable opportunity to prepare for a career in healthcare. Scribes learn to communicate and interact with physicians, other providers, and staff while working side-by-side with them from day one.
Working closely with providers throughout the hospital and outpatient settings allows scribes to network with professionals in the medical field while building their resume. Scribes gain exposure to the ins and outs of working with patients and learn medical terminology, both of which are advantages for students as they pursue a career in medicine.
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