What will I take away from working as a Medical Scribe?

Once sufficiently experienced in working as a medical scribe, you will find that you have developed a firm grasp of how a provider should conduct their clinical examination. You will become fluent in the medical terminology specific to the specialty in which you work, and will begin to be able to recognize a wide range of medical conditions for which you will know which investigations will be conducted. You will learn to understand the process of medical decision making and how differential diagnoses are approached. Through working with a varied number of physicians you will see first hand the effects of different bedside manners, and how best to relay a patient's disposition. This experience sets students apart from their peers in the application towards post-graduate studies including medicine and provides…
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What is the process of becoming a medical scribe?

Applicants selected from the initial application pool will be invited to participate in a panel interview conducted by an MSC representative, a healthcare-site representative, 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 be offered…
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What are the necessary qualifications to apply to become a scribe?

Applicants must: 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. Have the constitution 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.
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Does a scribe work exclusively at one hospital, or will they work elsewhere as well?

Because specific training, compliance measures and accreditation vary hospital to hospital, MSC scribes generally work exclusively at one hospital. This also allows our scribes to be paired with a select few physicians continuously so that they can develop the synergies that come with knowing one another's work practices. In addition to their primary hospital, however, a scribe may be scheduled to work additional shifts in a smaller inpatient or outpatient clinic.
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What kind of insurance coverage would I have as an MSC Medical Scribe?

Insofar as medicolegal issues are concerned, as always, what is entered into the medical note is at the sole discretion of the physician. As such, in the event of any form of a medical malpractice suit, the medical scribe to whom documentation was delegated would not be prosecuted. That being said, in excess of this MSC has secured substantial commercial general liability coverage and errors and omissions liability coverage. In the event of any on-site injury, all scribes are covered under MSC's worker's compensation insurance policy. As with any other member of the healthcare team, in a case of breached confidentiality, the medical scribe would be held independently liable.
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How do I apply for a position as a medical scribe with Medical Scribes of Canada?

To submit an application to MSC for a position as a Medical scribe, visit www.mediscribecanada.ca/apply and apply below. Alternatively, apply by sending an email to application@mediscribecanada.ca with the relevant documents attached, including: Resume Academic transcript (either official or unofficial) A handwritten cover letter explaining your interest in becoming a medical scribe and what sets you apart from other applicants. Letter of reference Certificate of typing speed (5:00 Test, https://www.typing.com/typingtest)
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How do you measure Medical Scribe performance?

Each MSC Medical Scribe is subject to ongoing and intermittent quality assurance review, in addition to continued learning expectations. We are in the process of integrating IT  tools into our existing infrastructure to assist in the collection and analysis of numerous performance metrics used to continuously evaluate documentation skill and drive. Additionally, physicians are able to submit regular reviews of the scribes with whom they work, which contribute towards steering the implementation of performance improvement plans.
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Is the Medical Scribe position paid?

Yes, MSC Medical Scribes are paid, however, the wages for the position are not such that would constitute a viable 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…
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How can a medical scribe benefit clinicians?

The use of MSC Medical Scribes simultaneously improves physician efficiency and the quality of patient medical records. Through concurrent documentation and support in physician workflow management, scribes enable physicians to redirect their focus to the medicine at hand rather than innumerable ancillary concerns. These improvements are realized in areas including: Greater patient satisfaction Improved compliance with CPSO documentation guidelines Reduced time spent completing patient charts post-shift Reduced medicolegal risk through more accurate documentation Higher billings through increased patient throughput Higher billings through more accurate charge capture Fewer patient LWBS cases Superior EMR management
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What are the patients’ opinions of scribes?

Both research and first-hand experience have demonstrated resounding support for our scribe programs from the patients. Physicians are able to provide their patients with undivided attention during their encounter, as the physician’s documentation is occurring concurrently. Additionally, MSC provides all our clients with numerous resources to further explain the role and benefits of having a medical scribe as part of their care team. For the very few patients who choose not to consent to the scribe’s presence, the scribe simply removes themselves from the room and case.
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