As a medical scribe, you get to be a member of the medical team that works for a physician. You work directly with the physician, their medical assistants, and sometimes a team treatment coordinator or nurse. This team works together to ensure best practices and care for the patients. The clinic day runs a lot smoother if everyone can coordinate and prepare for office visits. The workday also seems to go by a lot faster if you are working with people who enjoy each other’s company. Medical scribes get to work side by side with a physician all day long. You follow them like their shadow. It is very important to develop a connection with the physician you work for and to feel comfortable communicating with them.
Physicians enjoy working with scribes that are outgoing and medically curious, asking questions and demonstrating the desire to learn. If the scribe and physician’s personalities are not compatible, this may pose a problem by hindering routine or leaving a gap in expectations. Working for a physician can be intimidating at first. What are the expectations? What should you talk about? Does the physician even want to talk to me? However, I have learned that most physicians do want to engage with their scribes. They will at least want to know the basics. Are you in school? What is your degree? What medical profession are you hoping to pursue? When you work for the same physician for a long period of time, they often want to know more about you than simple surface level information. You might learn about your physician’s family, engage in conversation about your weekend, and then of course create small talk in between patients. However, on rare occasions, there are those providers who do not engage with their scribe and are strictly business.
I have always enjoyed interacting with the physicians that I work for and their medical teams. I have also enjoyed building friendships with the medical assistants. During the day when we have downtime it is nice to interact with them. It makes you feel like you are an important member of the team.
Although you may feel like “just a scribe,” providers truly appreciate the work you do for them. Communicating with your provider is important especially when it comes to getting feedback. This way you know the notes you create are meeting their standards. Often times, little things can go left unsaid or feel too critical if you do not have open communication with your provider. If you build a professional relationship and demonstrate a hard work ethic, your physician can even be a great reference for you in the future. I have been working for Elite Medical Scribes for almost a year now and am excited for what my future holds. I dread the day that I will no longer be working as a medical scribe for my physicians; they are full of knowledge and personality.