Medical Scribes

Medical Scribe Takes Notes by CT Scanner

Medical scribes work in the health care field, side by side with and under the supervision of a physician. The scribe’s primary role is to assist a physician in creating and maintaining a patient’s medical record, though a scribe may assist the physician in other ways. In recent years, this has become a significant entry level position for those wishing an introduction into the medical field. Though the position is non-clinical, it still entails medical skills as well as technical and clerical skills. Medical scribes ensure that information is entered into a patient’s medical record, usually contemporaneously with the doctor/patient interaction. Medical scribes increase physician productivity by allowing the doctor to focus on the patient rather than the clerical duties of record keeping. A medical scribe is fully immersed in the patient experience. The scribe does not just transcribe notes provided by the physician. Rather, scribes are permitted to observe any direct patient care.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Physician Scribes, Clinical Information Managers
Duties Stand by doctor (in person or by electronic means) at patient appointments, emergency room contacts, clinic appointments, or similar doctor/patient contacts; record communications between doctor and patient including patient history, symptoms, prescriptions, allergies, etc.; record procedures, tests and findings as directed by physician; document treatment advice and directions given by physicians to patients; data entry and coding information using standard medical terms and numeric codes; ensure accuracy of chart; follow up and assure physician review and approval of chart
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions with highest demand in urban centers
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • English
  • Health
Experience Internship
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Organized
  • Information Management
  • Organizational
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements Must speak English
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Physician/Physician Assistant/Other medical professional
  • Medical Scribe Project Leader/Trainer
  • Medical Scribe
  • Medical Transcriber/Transcriptionist
  • Data Entry Processor

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