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What Is A Scribe?

The scribe is the emergency medicine physician’s immediate assistant.

The scribe works one to one with the physician to document the history, physical exam, and the differential diagnoses for each patient that the physician sees.

The scribe:

  • writes orders for lab work and imaging studies under the direction of the physician
  • makes sure that physician orders are carried out
  • presents all lab and imaging study results to the physician
  • documents lab and imaging study interpretations as well as EKG interpretations for the physician
  • documents medical procedures

By the end of the patient workup, the scribe has written the final diagnoses, after care plan, and prescription(s) as dictated and co-signed by the physician.

Scribes allow our emergency physicians to fulfill their mission of providing the highest quality of medical care in the most expeditious manner.

This is not a volunteer job. It is not just shadowing a physician. Scribes are compensated monetarily. However, the greatest reward is the unique learning experience to work at the level of a medical student.

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What Is A Scribe?

The scribe is the emergency medicine physician's immediate assistant. The scribe works one to one with the physician to document the history, physical exam, and the differential diagnoses for each patient that the physician sees. The scribe also writes orders for lab work and imaging studies under the direction of the physician. The scribe makes sure that these orders are carried out, and they follow up on getting the results seen by the doctor and documented. The scribe also documents imaging study interpretations as well as EKG interpretations for the physician. By the end of the patient workup, the scribe has also written the final diagnoses, after care plan, and prescription(s) approved by the physician for those being discharged from the department or admitted to the hospital. The physician co-signs the chart at the end of the work up, after reviewing all of the scribeÍs charting. The scribe allows a medical chart to be legibly written, completed, and available for immediate perusal. The scribe has a direct impact on helping the physician take care of the patients without worrying about the tedious paperwork. The scribe allows our emergency physicians to fulfill their mission of providing the highest quality of medical care in the most expeditious manner.