The chance to become a medical scribe in Australia is unprecedented and a unique opportunity for the future medical practitioner. A medical scribe is a new concept in medicine. Traditionally a doctor’s job has been to focus primarily on patient contact and care. As electronic medical records have developed, the physician has been pulled away from patient care into data entry.
A medical scribe is a personal assistant to the Emergency Physician to allow the physician to focus on the patient while the scribe simultaneously completes the medical record. They will work one-on-one with the physician and gain first-hand experience in Emergency Medicine. Candidates are part of a research program into scribe use (Cabrini is the only site in Australia developing scribes) and the scribe will be at the forefront of an exciting new potential role in Australian hospitals.
Please direct your enquiries to Dr Katie Walker, c/o Mrs Elizabeth Yates, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 03 9508 1550
The medical scribe is a secretary/personal assistant to the emergency physician (doctor). They remain with the physician all shift, documenting and facilitating their work continuously on a computer-on-wheels connected to the hospital Electronic Medical Record and other computer systems as the physician interacts with patients and hospital staff.
When we have a position available, we interview and short-list candidates who will undertake a Medical Scribe course (online and simulation) and upon completion receive a certificate of basic medical scribe training. Course details include:
Topics covered will include professionalism, structure of an ED, medical terminology, extraction of medical information and basic emergency medicine.
Upon completion of the online course candidates will be required to attend a one-day simulation centre training program.
The top candidates will then be determined and some scribes trainees, but not all, will be offered employment as a trainee scribe. As an employed trainee Cabrini Medical Scribe, you will then receive intensive, on-the-job training for three months with a dedicated emergency physician.
Whilst not all trainees will be successful in obtaining employment through this process, this will be an invaluable education opportunity to trainee health practitioners.