MSC Medical scribes have the opportunity to work directly alongside physicians on the frontlines of Canadian healthcare. This unparalleled clinical experience sets our scribes apart from their peers in their pursuits of further medical education and thereafter enables them to integrate easily into any healthcare team. The skills our scribes learn in their time working at MSC will help them to provide the highest possible level of care in their future careers. Medical Scribes will have a lasting impact on the Canadian healthcare landscape, and working at MSC will allow you to be a part of this grass-roots change.

What is a Medical Scribe?

The role of the medical scribe originated more than a decade ago in the United States as a response to the advent of electronic medical records and their subsequent mandated use. This order resulted in a tremendous decline in physician workflow efficiency, costing doctors substantial losses in income and job satisfaction, and costing patients focused and timely care. The trials and tribulations of EMR use added to the already immense burdens of documentation and other ancillary duties for which doctors are responsible in their delivery of care.  In the face of these ever-increasing clerical and administrative demands in the increasingly regulated field of healthcare, medical scribes offer doctors respite. Medical Scribes are trained to provide concurrent documentation of the physician-patient encounter and to help manage the physician’s workflow in order to maximize their efficiency.

Doctors bear the constant cognitive stress of having to make continuous and accurate clinical decisions to further their patients’ care. The added distraction of countless extraneous responsibilities that also fall on the physician’s shoulders, from tracking orders, to case documentation, all further the likelihood of an inadvertent error. Each interruption adds to the physician’s workload and takes away from their time with patients. By delegating these adjunct tasks to an appropriately trained individual, a physician can effectively see more patients, give more thought to each case, produce superior documentation and enjoy the satisfaction of actually practicing medicine rather than clerical work.

Medical Scribes have a dramatic effect on the delivery of care. By creating a more collaborative and efficient work environment, members of the healthcare team can direct their attention to the tasks to which they are best suited, all to the benefit of the patient. Medical scribes streamline patient flow and improve the patient experience through improved communication, decreased wait times, and timely dispositions. By improving the standard of medical note documentation, patients benefit from an improved continuity of care. In turn, the scribes have the opportunity to work as a frontline member of the healthcare team. This unparalleled work experience enables medical scribes to easily integrate into healthcare programs and excel in their future professions.

Who are our Scribes?

Medical Scribes of Canada hires and trains only the most highly qualified individuals, who demonstrate the promise to excel in the medical professions following their employment. We believe that it is our responsibility to provide ambitious students with the opportunity to gain practical experience ahead of their future studies.  There is a significant lack of clinical work opportunities available in the field of healthcare, and working as a scribe not only provides the chance to make an educated decision as to whether pursuing a career in medicine is suited to the individual but also bolsters their relevant experience should they so choose to do so.

In addition to these prospective medical professionals, MSC also hires established medical professionals interested in further clinical exposure, or in the case of retired professionals, fulfilling work.

Scribe Testimonials

Zak Sanaye

Medical Scribe

Working as medical scribe with Medical Scribes of Canada has provided me with a sense of fulfillment and confidence as I continue to aspire to become a dedicated healthcare team member. As a young pre-med student, I have been given the opportunity to experience, first-hand, the positive impact my efforts in my studies will have on the quality of patient care.

Connor Jones

Physician Assistant Student

The first-hand experiences of witnessing patient physician interactions, medical processes, exposure to procedures and terminology, as well as understanding how a hospital functions, are just some of the many lessons I learned in my time as a scribe. I’m currently studying to be a physician assistant, and the knowledge I’ve gained has enable me to integrate easily into my program, and will serve me well in my future career.

Sakib Kazi

Medical Scribe

“My experience working as a medical scribe has been pivotal in my path as a young aspiring physician. It has given me a better understanding of what it means to be a physician and how crucial it is to be a team player. There is immense satisfaction in coming in to work, knowing that you are making a positive contribution to the healthcare system and the lives of patients.”

Erin MacFarlane

Medical Scribe

"Being a scribe in the emergency and orthopaedic departments has given me the opportunity to learn firsthand about medicine and solidify my career goals of becoming a clinician-scientist. It is a privilege to be involved in patient care and a great opportunity to develop my professional network. Scribing is the best job I've ever had and would recommend it to anyone interested in medicine."

Ryan Sandarage

Medical Scribe

"After spending 20 months with MSC I have gained so much knowledge and insight about our healthcare system. I am so thankful with in a wonderful environment, interacting with physicians and other HCP to improve the quality of patient care at the QCH Emergency Department. By working as a medical scribe, it has motivated me to pursue medical studies in the future."

Brianna Greenberg

Medical Student

Working as a scribe for MSC has had a profound impact on my first-year medical school studies. The knowledge that I gained while working as a scribe are truly unparalleled and certainly put me at an advantage.

What does it take to become an MSC Medical Scribe?

Beyond the innate attributes that are necessary for an individual to become a great scribe; qualities like maturity, professionalism, organizational skills, a strong constitution, a drive to motivate their physician, and the emotional intelligence to navigate the stresses and the stressed of a department, certain objective qualifications are needed. Foremost among them is a commitment to personal betterment as a scribe, through both time and effort. The demands of clinical support work require ongoing effort and a recognition that real progress will only be made through extensive experience. Prospective scribes will also have to demonstrate the skills necessary to efficient and accurate work: evidence of a fast typing speed for electronic medical records and of legible handwriting for written charts. Finally, as with any other competitive position, prospective Medical Scribes will need to demonstrate the merits they possess that differentiate them from other applicants. A strong resume, cover letter, transcript, and reference will decide who is best suited to the few positions 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.

Become a Medical Scribe

If you believe that you would make a strong addition to the Medical Scribes of Canada team, click below for more details on the application process.