10 Reasons to Consider Becoming a Medical Scribe Ahead of Med School

Prospective medical school students will gain valuable experience that will help them while applying and in the classroom.


As a medical scribe, prospective students can learn how doctors build trust and interact with patients.(Gary John Norman/ Getty Images)

If you’re considering a career in medicine, working as a medical scribe is a best bet for familiarizing yourself with patient care. A medical scribe works directly with physicians, primarily focused on charting patient encounters in the electronic medical record. What’s more, scribe positions can be full or part time, making it a viable job choice for a student.

If this sounds appealing, consider the following 10 reasons why prospective medical school students should consider becoming a medical scribe.

1. You will shadow physicians. Most admissions committees expect students to have had shadowing experiences before they apply to medical school. One of the greatest benefits of shadowing is that the experience will help you see how physicians handle being busy and stressed.
2. You will learn a great deal about medicine. As a scribe, you will start to listen for the signs and symptoms that help a physician come to a diagnosis or a differential diagnosis list. Over time, you will be able to anticipate what some of these diagnoses may be.
4. You will learn a lot about teamwork. You’ll be able to observe the respect given to team members and watch them intuitively help one another.Many medical students have no idea what the roles of interdisciplinary providers are until they get to their third year. You will be better prepared to understand the role of a physician assistant or a nurse practitioner because you have seen them in action.
5. You will learn medical language. Over time, you will learn how to spell and pronounce the words, and what they mean. The more familiar you are with the terminology, the less you’ll have to rely on rote memorization after you enter medical school. Humans more easily remember things through experience than simply by reading a text.
6. You will watch, hear and see how trust is developed. I think this is different than basic shadowing where the focus is on the physician. What I am talking about here is the dance between the patient and physician that generates caring and trust. For example, you might hear how the physician works to clearly understand what a patient said or you might see the doctor comfort a patient by touching the patient’s hand.
7. You will learn about the medical record. You will learn why the patient’s chief complaint is different from the history of present illness. You will understand the importance of the social history and mental status exam. The order will be more meaningful, and you will practice it so often that you could do it in your sleep.
8. You will learn about templates, checklists and smart phrases. All of these tools are to help physicians become more efficient, but clearly the tools aren’t enough because they hired you to help.
9. You’ll probably increase your typing speed and efficiency. Not only are these skills beneficial to you, but they’re important in terms of maintaining patient flow and reducing patient wait time.
10. You will get to listen to patients. This, in my opinion, is the most important reason. You will get to hear their story, their pain and their fears. You will learn to be in the moment and block out distractions, which is what all patients hope their doctors will do.
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Medical Scribe Details … salary details and job description

Medical Scribes are certainly the new buzz in many parts of the country, and making their way into the Midwest!  We are halfway through our 2nd accelerated class and we look forward to sharing more information soon.  In the meantime, so many inquiries are coming in about what the salary and future looks like, as well as a good job description.

This is a very good resource:

Salary Information
Salary Information

“There are many different jobs that can be done within the medical field. One such job is that of a medical scribe. A medical scribe is similar to a medical transcriptionist and a medical assistant rolled into one. You will be working side by side with a physician.

As a medical scribe, your main job will be to follow the doctor side by side and work with him to document all the procedures and interactions that the doctor has with the patient. In essence, they are a personal assistant to the doctor. The number one job of a medical scribe is to transcribe all that is happening into the medical records using a WOW or workstation on wheels system. This is wheeled around with the scribe so that they can document everything accurately into the medical records of the patient. This makes the medical records more accurate and allows the doctor to provide a higher level of care and attention to the patient. A scribe may also assist the doctor by ordering labs and other types of studies as ordered by the doctor. They will also notify the doctor when studies and labs are complete. They also provide discharge and admit orders for the patient.

Medical Scribe Salary:

The average medical scribe salary is about $12 an hour or $33,000 a year. This will depend on several factors such as the type of facility that you work in, the area that you work and even the amount of experience you have in a job. The starting medical scribe salary is around $22,000 an hour or about $10 an hour. The amount that you make will increase with the level of your work and also the more experience that you have. Highly trained and educated medical scribes can make as much as $46,300 a year. This is the same as an hourly medical scribe salary of $13 an hour. The medical scribe wage can also vary depending on the area of the United States that you live in. The best states to work out of that offer the highest medical scribe income are Texas, California and Florida.”