MSHQ 136 : What is a Scribe and How it Can Benefit the Premed

Session 136

Session 136

Our guest today is Bailey, a medical scribe recruiter at Elite Medical Scribes. Bailey is in-charge of finding students to feel scribe positions. In this episode, we talk about what a scribe is, what they do, who makes a successful scribe, what this company is looking for, and all that jazz. Based in Bloomington, Minnesota, Elite Medical Scribes is located in 27 states where they focus more regionally.

Now perhaps you will find out from this episode why being a scribe is one of the best premed experiences that you can have. Not only will you get paid, but you get exposure to the medical field and some physicians as well as start building relationships and finding mentors.


Here are the highlights of the conversation with Bailey:

Working with Elite Medical Scribes:

Hiring individuals looking to get into healthcare field and get more hands-on experience

Works closely with college advisers

What is a scribe?

  • A doctor assistant working closely with medical providers to maintain and create the patient's medical record and documenting them.
  • Keeping track of labs and radiology
  • Allows physicians to focus solely on the patient with less distractions of the EMR (electronic medical record) system

What makes a good scribe?

  • Passion for the medical field
  • Can handle stressful situations well
  • Eager to learn
  • Highly motivated, attentive, and paying attention to detail
  • Very confident

Other qualifications they're looking for:

  • Past experience (volunteering)
  • Membership in organizations and status
  • Classes they're taking

Candidates for a scribe:

  • Premed college students
  • All candidates who want to get their foot in the door (including adults)

On flexibility:

Depending on the setting of the scribe program

Possible scribe settings:

  • ER
  • Orthopedic location
  • Outpatient locations
  • Operating rooms

Training involved:

  • 11 online modules (discussion calls with trainors)
  • 5 onsite one-on-one progressive training

The hardest part of being a scribe:

Big learning curve and the ability to handle stress

The opportunity to get shadowing opportunities

Success stories of scribes that have helped them to get into medical school

  • Building a network of medical providers early
  • Gaining mentors you can have for a lifetime

Advancement opportunities:

  • T-scribe position (full time)
  • Implementation specialist (entails traveling across the country; with paid travel and accommodation)

What makes being a scribe better than volunteering or shadowing

Interacting with premed clubs at universities so they can set up at your college!

If you want to find out how to become a scribe, visit their website or email them at and see if they have a location and reach out to them!

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