At Elite Medical Scribes, we pride ourselves in offering you all of the resources and counsel you need to break into the world of patient care and thrive as a medical scribe. However, before you commit to one of these rewarding employment opportunities, it’s important to understand the daily tasks and responsibilities they entail. Today, we’ll be providing you with an in-depth look into the day-to-day work life of Lynnee Vaught, a medical scribe who works for multiple clinics, each specializing in a different aspect of patient care.
The Duties and Challenges of a Chief Medical Scribe
Working as a medical scribe in several different specialties creates unique experiences and challenges every single day. As a scribe at a hematology/oncology clinic, I work closely with my assigned physician and his interdisciplinary team, including nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, and medical students. I contribute to the team by documenting the history of present illness (HPI) information relayed by the mid-level providers to the physician. I then accompany the doctor during his patient encounters and document what he discusses with his patient and the plan moving forward. I must admit that before I joined this hematology/oncology clinic, which specializes in leukemia, I was nervous about the meticulous detail and knowledge required to accurately document the various diseases, their many possible progressions, and the resulting treatment options. Through independent research and guidance from the medical staff, I have quickly learned and continue to learn the fascinating intricacies of leukemia. With the help of the auxiliary medical team and my documentation, my physician can treat a large patient load, on average about 35 patients per day.
In other clinics, such as the pain clinic that I also work for, they have a much smaller team (consisting only of a physician and nurse). Consequently, I am relied upon more heavily in these medical environments. For these clinics, I do extensive pre-charting so that I can provide the doctor with the patient’s relevant and up-to-date medical history, as well as recent imaging or labs, before he sees the patient. This preparation saves the physician time and gives me the opportunity to read the notes and learn more about other specialties.
Beyond the medical knowledge, I have also gained insight into the interpersonal skills of a provider, required to guide patients through difficult decisions and to encourage patients while giving honest news. While observing these interactions, I have inherently learned ways to ease tough conversations with patients and how to adjust them based on the uniqueness of each situation. This is an important skill that I will be able to use to reach my goal of becoming a physician.
As a Chief Medical Scribe who overseeing several locations, I also have the privilege to communicate often with fellow scribes and share tips with them, leading to further success and efficiency for our providers. Additionally, I can help ensure that providers whom I normally do not work with will have the highest quality of help from their assigned scribes while figuring out solutions for any concerns that they may have.
Building a relationship with the providers and the medical teams I work for is an innate benefit of working closely alongside them throughout their day. I am immensely grateful for the wisdom they have shared with me and for what I have observed while working with them, and that makes helping them all the more enjoyable. And although I do not interact directly with patients in the clinics where I work (as my gregarious tendencies would like), I find pleasure in being a familiar face that reliably offers a warm smile while serving these patients as part of a team that provides efficient service and an exceptional degree of patient care.
Chief Scribe at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
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