How to Become a Medical Scribe
- The first step to become a medical scribe is to contact a provider company with a presence in your area. Some larger and more well known medical scribe companies have a national presence. For more specific information on clinical scribe opportunities in your state, please see the state-by-state links on the right lower side of this page.
- Most reputable medical scribe companies will have an online presence with a streamlined online application and interview process, making it much easier to become a clinical scribe.
-The best documentation assistance companies will actually have you interact with physicians on a regular basis through the application process. If you are dealing with only "chief trainers" or business people from the start-- look elsewhere! You want the scribes and trainees to come before the business!
- Initial applications are usually used as screening tools for those who want to become a medical scribe.
- Face-to-face formal interviews are needed for medical scribe applicants. If you want to become a medical scribe you must be sociable and you must be able to handle pressure effectively.
- Another huge advantage is to increase your knowledge base prior to becoming a scribe or interviewing to become a scribe. A great resource is the Ultimate Medical Scribe Handbook: http://www.amazon.com/The-Ultimate-Medical-Scribe-Handbook/dp/1482344580/
It is affordable and will give you a headstart.
Clinical Documentation Specialist Training Process:
- If you are successful through the application process, you will then enter the necessary training to become a medical scribe.
- Training to become a medical scribe consists of several elements:
1) Medicine Terminology Training
2) Electronic (or rarely paper) Records Training and Certification
3) Medical Note Training (a huge benefit for any medical scribes who want to go into medicine in the future!)
4) Patient Flow Training
5) Patient Privacy and Law Training
6) Hospital Specific Safety and Hazard Training
7) Some programs offer Spanish and foreign language training.
What Are the Benefits of Becoming a Medical Scribe?
Why should you become a clinical or medical scribe?
-You should be become a medical scribe because you want a stimulating job that is different and unique every day.
-You should become a clinical scribe because you want to get into medical school or other advance medical training. Clinical Scribes LLC, an well-known medical scribe service company actually brags of a 100% acceptance rate to medical school or PA school for it medical scribe employees who choose that career path.
-You should become a medical scribe if you want high-powered letters of recommendation from medical professionals. Again, the the people at the Clinical Scribes Company claim a letter of recommendation from their medical director for each and every medical scribe who works for them! MSI has confirmed this with several of their former scribes.
-You should become a clinical documentation specialist if you want to learn more about medicine.
-You shoud become a clinical scribe because you want to learn more about the emergency department.
-You should become a medical scribe if you want to learn more about how the hospitals and clinics work.
State-By-State Job Opportunities (Click on Links Below to Find Local Clinical Scribe Companies):
District of Columbia
- The usual requirements to become a medical scribe vary greatly by company and region, but some broad generalizations can be made. In general, to become a scribe you must:
1) Be very personable
2) Have a good GPA (3.4 or above in general)
3) Have good time management skills and be a great multi-tasker
4) Deal well with criticism
5) Be willing to improve yourself on a daily basis
6) Be good with a keyboard
7) Have good language and writing skills
Medical Scribe Training Textbook!
A great way to get a jump on your training is to read "The Ultimate Medical Scribe Handbook". This is a general medical scribe handbook for scribes who would like to work in the emergency department. It is also a great way to get ready for medical school!
Click here to see "The Ultimate Medical Scribe Handbook" on Amazon!