Being a scribe is an absolutely INVALUABLE opportunity to actively learn the art of medicine. The exposure to such a broad array of medicine as an undergrad is unparalleled. Not only are we bedside for the history, physical exam, radiography readings, lab orders, and many procedures, but we learn how to formally document the information, and the physicians are fantastic teachers. In the 12 months that I was a scribe, I learned so much, and I still can't believe that I was getting paid for the experience! Forget anything about making the resume or application look good, the knowledge, exposure, and networking alone are enough to do this full time - as a volunteer! After the first few months of medical school, it's clear that being a scribe has given me an advantage in regards to the medical language, comfort with patient interaction, understanding the relationships and communication among physicians and between physicians and other health professionals, and some of the behind-the-scenes business that is necessary for operating a medical practice. I would advise anyone interested to jump at the opportunity and not to think twice.
When I started as a Scribe at Abbott Northwestern Hospital I really didn't know much about medicine or how it was delivered. The learning curve was steep, but the docs were friendly and helped me to get up to speed in the medical language and note-writing quickly. In my two years (part time) I had a few thousand patient encounters in which I was witness to medical care being delivered from the ambulance unloading to admission upstairs; that's more than most first year residents have experienced! Some of the doctors would even quiz me about how to manage certain patients----just be careful not to embarrass any medical students rotating through the ER! This is a very unique experience that makes you stand out as a medical school applicant, and also provides the opportunity for some great letters of recommendation. I have found learning in medical school to be easier than lots of my friends simply because I can correlate school lessons with so many patients that I have seen in the real world. Because I saw care delivered from 20+ different providers, I was able to model my personal method of patient interviewing from the best aspects of each of these mentors. Overall, this is hands down the best preparation anyone can have for medical school. AND YOU GET PAID!
My work as a scribe has made me feel more confident in my ability to be a successful physician in a variety of ways. On top of becoming more comfortable with medical terminology, imaging and lab results, and the general flow of a healthcare workplace, I found my experience with the physicians themselves to be the most valuable. Working alongside them, I was able to see how they each approached situations in their own unique (and with differing efficacies) way, especially how they dealt with making patients more comfortable. As a future physician, I am hopeful that my own bedside manner will be as effective as some of the fantastic physicians in the ECC group. Their poise and empathy was powerful to see everyday, and it is something I will remember for my entire medical career.
Working as a scribe in both the emergency department and hospitalist setting has offered unparalleled exposure to medicine. My interviewers were very interested in my experience as a medical scribe and this carried the bulk of my conversations. It is without a doubt, that working with ECC has helped me find a comfortable spot this application cycle.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time scribing with ECC - not a day went by when I didn't look forward to work. As a scribe, I felt like and invaluable part of the ED and PM&R team. The providers and other hospital staff were wonderful to work with and each day was a learning opportunity Everyone seemed to know I was pursuing a future in medicine and was willing and eager to teach me medicine. I feel so lucky to be entering medical school with the wealth of knowledge and charting technique I developed while scribing with ECC. Now I know that whatever field I choose for my practice, I will always hire a scribe!
My experience with the ECC program has been absolutely phenomenal, both in respect to broadening my understanding of the medical field and developing myself as a professional. This has been a fantastic environment to learn what doctors, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners, and the rest of the medical staff do on a daily basis. I've seen and learned so much here; if I had to make the choice of doing it all over again, I most certainly would!
Our prior scribes have attended Medical/PA Schools at:
The position is for highly motivated individuals who are flexible, dependable, responsible, and committed to a career in medicine.
The most important factor we take into consideration during the hiring process is character. A Scribe must be able to work in a team-based environment under stressful conditions, have an upbeat attitude at all times, a willingness to be challenged, a hunger to achieve, and the ability to work well with others. You will encounter patients from all walks of life here, and a non-judgmental attitude is essential.
No clinical experience is necessary! We provide all of the training on the job.
While this job may sound overwhelming, our scribes have been extremely successful. We devote tremendous resources to train each scribe in a paid, intensive training program that combines both classroom and on-the-floor learning. During this time you will be paired with an experienced scribe trainer who will provide you with continuous feedback.
You are not expected to work on your own until you are ready.
There are two available tracks for scribes:
Most shifts last an average of 8-9 hours each with a balance of days, evenings, nights and weekends. The schedule is flexible! Many of our scribes are currently in school, studying for the MCAT, or applying to school while working for ECC.
Please complete the following and return to ECC by mail or email (firstname.lastname@example.org):
1. Application (Word or PDF)
2. Current professional resume
3. Complete college transcript (official preferred)
4. High school transcript if you have no yet completed 1 year of undergraduate work
5. Letter of reference (this are optional and may be sent with your application or emailed/mailed directly from the letter writer)
6. Screenshot of typing test www.typingtest.com (optional, but highly recommended)
Please complete application in its entirety. Filling it in by hand is acceptable (if legible), but typed is preferred. Be sure that your e-mail address and telephone numbers are accurate. Email is our primary means of communications. Please complete questions 1-3 and personal statement on separate typed page. Note: A signature is required on the second page of the application. Electronic signatures are not accepted at this time.
Return full application along with additional information to:
Emergency Department, mail code 11112
Abbott Northwestern Hospital
800 E.28th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407
ECC started their scribe program in 2006 as the first scribe program in the Midwest. The small group of eight scribes quickly grew and currently we now employ nearly 150 scribes. During the program’s lifetime we have started numerous scribe programs throughout the Midwest, both in hospital and clinical settings.
Launched Scribe Programs:
ECC works closely with each practice to provide scribe services tailored to meet the needs of our clients. Our scribes take away the data entry, allowing providers to improve their efficiency, productivity, and focus on what matters the most – their patients.
ECC provides all of the recruiting, hiring, training, implementation, and day-to-day management of the scribes.
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