Emergency departments (EDs) are designated areas where emergency medicine (the discipline of treating unscheduled patients with pressing illnesses or injuries) is practiced. To reduce patient wait times, increase provider-patient face time, and streamline patient evaluation and management, healthcare organizations across the USA are seeking emergency department scribe programs. But what is the emergency room like for an assigned medical scribe? And how do prospective ED scribes gain the specialized knowledge and skills needed to thrive in this profession?
Elite Medical Scribes is committed to connecting aspiring ED scribes with engaging, fulfilling, and worthwhile opportunities to explore the world of emergency medicine and grow professionally. To help you determine whether a career as an ED scribe would be an ideal fit for you, we’ll be discussing the unique challenges and benefits of scribing for emergency care clinicians. We’ll also provide you with key resources and advice for getting started in this incredible role.
What Do Emergency Department Scribes Do?
ED scribes are responsible for lightening the documentation burdens of their assigned emergency medicine clinicians. They follow these medical experts throughout the duration of their shift and collaborate with them to accurately and quickly complete electronic health records (EHRs) for each patient that visits the emergency room. This partnership allows practicing clinicians to focus more of their time and energy on interacting with patients and ensuring that their needs are met, while also improving clinician and patient satisfaction, productivity, and profitability in the process. But this relationship substantially benefits the scribe as well.
As a member of an emergency department team, you will spend the duration of your shift learning core skills from your assigned clinician and gaining real experience with working in emergency rooms. Your primary responsibilities will include documenting patient encounters, keeping track of medical charts, and delivering reports. This is a fantastic way to network with different healthcare professionals (since you’ll be assigned to multiple clinicians throughout your career), earn income to pay off student debt or save up for medical school, and test yourself to ensure that you can handle the pressure of working in an emergency department.
One of the greatest difficulties of being an ED scribe is coping with the incredible stress that emergency rooms create. You’ll be expected to remain calm around patients struggling with a wide variety of grave injuries, conditions, and disorders. Considering the severity of these cases, it’s critical for you to complete your work quickly and accurately. After all, every fleeting second is precious when lives are in danger. If you can effectively manage these responsibilities, scribing in an emergency room can be one of the most satisfying and rewarding professional opportunities you’ll experience over the course of your medical career.
Accounts from Real ED Scribes and Clinicians
The best way to learn more about what the emergency room is like for medical scribes is to seek out the stories of professionals who have experienced it personally. To begin, let’s look at this testimonial from one of Elite’s ED scribes.
“After graduating college, I sought to find meaningful clinical experiences before medical school. I found that opportunity with Elite Medical Scribes. Working alongside many physicians in the emergency department helped me discover an aspect I love about medicine: Being a healthcare professional means being a lifelong learner. I enjoyed how every day was different, and there was always something new to learn.
Being a scribe gave me the opportunity to be a part of an interprofessional team where each member has a specific role but the same goal: to provide quality care for patients. I was able to practice being a team member, a characteristic I found to be an important quality in the field of medicine. The experiences I have gained as a scribe during my time with Elite Medical Scribes helped me prepare for medical school and my future as a healthcare professional.”
San Jose, CA
Johnny is just one of the thousands of aspiring healthcare professionals who found substantial value in working as a member of an emergency department team. Here’s another account from an ED medical scribe. In this article, Steven Krager discusses how working as a medical scribe for emergency physicians provided him with a significantly improved understanding of medical terminology, granted him clinical knowledge, and helped to prepare him for medical school.
If you want to learn more about ED medical scribes from the perspective of a physician, be sure to read through this article as well. In this piece, an anonymous emergency room physician details the tasks and responsibilities that he and his assigned scribes face throughout his shifts. It’s just one perspective, but it should expand your understanding of what ED scribes are expected to deal with on a daily basis and how some clinicians feel about the relationship.
Note: If you’re interested in seeing more opinions from clinicians about medical scribes, feel free to browse through these testimonials from physicians, medical directors, and other healthcare professionals who have worked with Elite Medical Scribes.
How Do I Prepare for the Emergency Department?
Working as a scribe for any medical discipline is incredibly demanding. To succeed as an ED scribe, you’ll need impressive typing speed, a fantastic grasp on medical terminology, the physicality to keep up with your assigned clinician throughout their shift, and the ability to handle the pressure of quickly and effectively filling out EHRs for critically sick and injured patients.
The best way to prepare for a career as an ED scribe is to enroll in a medical scribe training program, but most of these institutions only provide very basic courses on the scribing discipline and will not sufficiently train you for the challenges you’ll face in the world of emergency medicine. Fortunately, Elite Medical Scribes offers a sophisticated and comprehensive medical scribe training program that will fully prepare you for the challenges that you will face as an ED scribe: The Elite Academy.
The Elite Academy
The Elite Academy is a suite of online medical scribe training courses that cover all aspects of becoming a medical scribe, including human physiology and anatomy, medical terminology, electronic medical health record systems, chart documentation, compliance policies, and more. We also prepare you for success as a medical scribe by providing a massive library of patient scenarios to study. Best of all, The Elite Academy has customized training and development programs for 13 medical specialties, including one that focuses specifically on preparing trainees for working in an emergency department, at no additional charge.
In order to design an optimal medical scribe program at your location, you need some of the most experienced and passionate minds in the field of healthcare to contribute. The Elite Academy was created by medical scribe professionals, training experts, and reputable physicians to provide trainees with an extensive understanding of their chosen medical specialty. Its professional instructors also have substantial real-world scribe experience and understand all of the unique obstacles you’ll face as a medical scribe, making them ideal sources of advice and counsel. These teaching experts utilize interactive courses, real-time feedback, practice patient scenarios, and animated lectures to guarantee that you master the process of documenting medical encounters for your chosen medical specialty.
Once you’ve successfully completed The Elite Academy and are offered a position with Elite Medical Scribes, you will then begin the onsite training. During these sessions, you will observe and follow a seasoned Elite Medical Scribes trainer during real scribing shifts with a clinician. As participants gain confidence and experience with accurately documenting medical encounters in the EHR, they begin scribing for their physician on their own, with limited supervision.
After the onsite training is complete, you will be fully proficient in medical documentation and will begin gaining exposure to the medical field that could normally only be obtained at the graduate level. As a medical scribe working with Elite, we will offer regular review sessions, assessments, and multiple continuing education programs for the entirety of your medical scribing career to ensure that you continue to thrive in your role. At Elite Medical Scribes, we are fully committed to supporting the professional growth, development, and aspirations of our employees. Many scribes go on to become Assistant Chief Scribes, Chief Scribes, or trainers.
Apply for The Elite Academy Today
Now that you’ve learned more about ED scribing and its unique requirements, it’s time to explore your options and find the right medical scribe job. If you’re interested in applying with Elite Medical Scribes, simply follow this link and fill out the short form on the right side of the screen. We’ll send you additional information about our prestigious training program and walk you through the application and training process.
Best of luck in your journey, and don’t hesitate to call or message us if you have any other questions about The Elite Academy or our scribing programs. We pride ourselves on exceptional customer service and would love to hear from you.