So you think you have what it takes to work on the front line of Canadian Healthcare?
Applications for both full and part-time Medical Scribe positions in the Ottawa area are now closed. Applications were due by midnight June 14th, 2018. Pre-clinical training will begin in July. Clinical training will begin in August.
- Have strong interpersonal skills.
- Be in good academic standing (a minimum GPA of the equivalent of a B+).
- Have completed or be currently enrolled in a health/science-related university degree. A strong grasp of basic medical terminology is required.
- Commit to a minimum of 12 months employment.
- Type at a minimum speed of 50 words per minute.
- Be able to work on their feet for the duration of a physically taxing 8-hour shift.
- Be available to work shifts that are scheduled all hours of the day. All medical scribes are expected to be available to work at least two night shifts per month.
- Have clearly legible penmanship.
Working as a medical scribe is an unparalleled opportunity for those looking to pursue careers in healthcare, particularly in medicine. Due to the unquestionably unique experience working directly alongside a physician on the front lines of Canadian healthcare provides, especially considering how small the number of people who are given this opportunity is relative to their peers who are not, competition for a position as an MSC medical scribe is quite fierce. Understandably, we receive numerous applications from students who cannot afford to commit the time necessary to excel as a scribe and instead simply hope to work the bare minimum to pad their Medical School applications. As such, we maintain a policy requiring a minimum of 6 months consistent work before considering writing a reference letter on behalf of one of our scribes, outside of extenuating circumstances.
The position of Medical Scribes is paid, however, the wages for the position are not such that would constitute a viable long-term career option. Work as a medical scribe is intended to be transient; offered to the most qualified applicants as a means of gaining unrivaled clinical experience to help bridge the divide between academics and future careers in medicine. In order to constitute a sustainable business model, we offer physicians medical scribe services at rates that are financially viable and that will result in increased profits. As such, medical scribe wages are comparably set. That being said, we do not want potentially superb medical scribes, who might in turn eventually become superb healthcare providers, being forced to choose alternate employment due to financial necessity. We, therefore, offer hourly rates in line with the majority of other part-time positions in the service industry. Depending on factors such as seniority and responsibility, MSC Medical Scribes are paid an hourly wage ranging from $14/h to $17/h.
Both part-time and full-time positions are available.
Applicants selected from the initial application pool will be invited to participate in a panel interview conducted by an MSC representative, a senior medical scribe, and a member of the medical community. Those selected from the interview process will be provided with preclinical training, the costs for which will be borne by MSC. Following the completion of MSC’s proprietary CAMELOT Medical Scribe Training Program, as well as mandatory training in patient confidentiality, infection prevention, patient management and workplace safety, prospective hires will be tested for their knowledge and competency. Those who have achieved the necessary passing grade on these tests will move on to the final stage of preclinical training, in a classroom-based training and evaluation session. Upon completion of preclinical training, the new Medical Scribe in Training will participate in a site orientation, as well as any other mandatory site-specific training or certifications mandated by the clinic or hospital in question. The Medical Scribe in Training will then complete a period of on-site clinical training, under the direct supervision of both a physician and a Medical Scribe Supervisor. Continuous evaluation and feedback are provided during this time. Once deemed able to work independently by both the Supervisor and physician, the new hire will be recognized as having completed their training and will be considered certified to work as an MSC Medical Scribe.
Applicants invited to participate in the classroom-based final stage of preclinical training must submit their police record check and immunization records, including a two-step TB test, before they are permitted to attend. The costs for these are to be borne by the applicant.
Applications must include the following:
- Academic transcript (either official or unofficial)
- A 1 page handwritten (printing) cover letter explaining your interest in becoming a medical scribe and what sets you apart from other applicants
- Reference Contact
- Certificate of typing speed (5:00 Test, https://www.typing.com/typingtest)
Please also identify whether you are applying for a full or part-time position and provide a rough estimate of your expected availability, and the timeline of that availability should you expect it to change.
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