As a scribe for ECC, I was able to work in both the Emergency department and with the hospitalists. Through both of these roles I was able to see the decisions and factors that go into each part of a patient’s hospital journey, from presentation to discharge. I was also able to learn how to put together a concise physical/history. Working as a scribe was one of the best decisions I made during my pre-PA path- I never imagined I would learn and experience so much!
My past year working as a scribe has been the most incredible experience. Even in the first two weeks on the job, I felt like I learned more than in the entirety of the previous 22 years. I am tenfold more prepared for medical school and know more about what areas of medicine I would like to pursue. In addition to the amount of knowledge I have gained, I have also developed great relationships with many of the providers at ECC. I am going to miss both the people and the work flow of this job, but I am very happy to have worked here at this scribing company.
My experience with the Scribe Program of ECC was tremendously beneficial in exposing me to the pace and feel of the Emergency Department and Urgent Care. In addition to this, I learned the ins and outs of the documentation process, utility of various labs, and creative techniques to assess pediatric patients. Amidst soaking in all of this knowledge, I felt that I was a truly appreciated and genuinely helpful part of the healthcare team. Beyond that, the healthcare providers and fellow scribes I worked with served as teachers, role models, and friends. They showed interest in my experiences, shared stories about their lives and career paths, and celebrated my success of getting into PA school. After my experience with ECC, I more thoroughly understand the role of a PA and cannot wait to one day contribute to the healthcare team as a PA.
The ECC program has given me the opportunity to shadow physicians and PA’s alike and observe how they interact with patients and how they approach each individual’s condition. From being able to learn how to adjust to this fast paced environment, I have learned so much about what healthcare is about, and how providers can go about that efficiently throughout the day. From this experience, I also believe that this position has taught me how to apply what I have learned in my coursework to what I have observed in the ED in all the facilities that I have had the opportunity to work in. Additionally, by being able to learn how to work with a team of medical professionals, and working in different hospital facilities I believe that this position has given me a broader perspective of what a career in medicine can look like. Ultimately I believe the ECC Scribe program has helped me build the necessary skills set and clinical experience that I will need in order to thrive in a medical profession in the future.
My experience being an ECC medical scribe has been amazing. I have had a plethora of opportunities to get to know the providers, ask them questions regarding medicine and their career path, and learn about charting, writing a good history, and the important aspects of the examination. Through this experience I was able to confirm my initial interests in pursuing a career in medicine. During my interviews I was able to talk about my experiences as a scribe, and I believe the knowledge I have learned will serve as a strong foundation for all of the information I will be learning in my studies at St. Louis University School of Medicine.
I started off not knowing much medical terminology or about the day-to-day operations of the emergency department. It was also a little intimidating because of the fast pace and steep learning curve, but my trainers made sure I was confident going into my first solo shift. It also helped that all the providers I came across were extremely patient while I learned their preferences for patient charts. Over the last few months, I have learned so much on bedside manners, taking a history, the physical exam, and all about emergency medicine protocols. Beyond the job of a scribe, I have talked to different providers about the paths they took to their current careers and I have received some great advice too. I will be starting at UMN for med school this fall and I have met a few ECC scribes who will be my classmates, so that is an added bonus.
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 200 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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