The key skills to be a Medical Scribe

Team ScribeEMR  |  10/03/2023


There is a growing need for medical scribes today and for good reason. With an increasing number of people seeking medical services, it is a tedious task for a doctor to keep a record of the health history of their patients. That’s where medical scribes step in to ensure better accuracy and efficiency, so that the doctor can focus on the important tasks. In most cases, it isn’t necessary for medical scribes to have a degree in medicine. What’s important is to have good communication skills and alertness, so that the records maintained are correct. 

Typically, a quality assurance specialist monitors the work of a medical scribe. All in all, a medical scribe ensures that all the information about patients is fed into the database minus any errors, so that the doctor can focus on the patient's treatment.

Where are medical scribes hired?

We already know that medical scribes are required everywhere where doctors are, which means clinics, hospitals, or even remotely. While error-free documentation is the primary role of this individual – in certain cases, he/she may also schedule appointments or procure lab reports for a doctor to analyze. All in all, the job of a medical scribe is to minimize clerical work for doctors, so that they can focus on improving patient outcomes. 

Key skills required to become a medical scribe

In case you are wondering what it takes to become a medical scribe, we have broken down all the information for you. 

·        Attention to detail 

While it is important to gain hands-on experience in medical scribing, the ground rule for all kinds of learning is attention to detail. You may have to understand medical coding and government regulations within no time, so it’s essential to stay alert while you get a grasp of it. It will stand you in good stead in the long run. 

·        The dedication to persevere

It may seem like being a medical scribe is pretty simple, but it really isn’t. Being in a private clinic or hospital for long hours can be an excruciating experience, so one needs to be patient and have the willingness to persevere. Also, it is essential that a medical scribe stays calm, since he/she may have to encounter morbid situations, since they deal with doctors and patients all the time, and any eventuality can happen within moments.

·        Being a self-starter 

This is a very critical skill, because at times working in a heavy pressure environment means that a medical scribe is unsupervised. That’s why he/she must be self-motivated, so that they can seamlessly carry out the tasks without any hassle. Remember, a medical scribe is responsible for reducing the burden of a physician. 

·        A good understanding of medical terminologies

A no-brainer for sure! It is important that medical scribes have a solid understanding of medical terminologies, whether they are related to anatomy, procedure, and diagnosis. In most cases, organizations are on the lookout for those individuals who have done their pre-med or pre-PA, because they understand the processes better. Of course, if you don’t belong to this category, worry not. There are several certification courses that can help you gain understanding of medical terminologies. 

·        Listening and comprehension skills

There is nothing more critical than this skill, because a medical scribe has to consistently listen to the information communicated by a doctor and document it without any errors.

·        Computer skills

Since most of their role requires them to document information, and with much speed, they must know how to type well and enter data correctly. All in all, computer skills are important for a medical scribe to understand and record information in an accurate manner. 

How can one become a medical scribe?

In case you have a keen interest in becoming a medical scribe, it’s not difficult. There are certain steps that must be followed to get hired by a medical agency or organization/doctor.

1. Get a degree 

a) MBBS/BDS/B Pharma/BAMS/BHMS/BSc. Nursing/BSc. Biotech and all other life science graduates.

b) Experienced medical transcriptionists (preferably life science background) with a minimum of 5 years of medical transcription experience. c) Any sort of medical background or experience working in the healthcare industry.

2. Complete a certification 

If you do not have above mentioned degree, it’s important that you go for a certification that acquaints you with common medical terminologies and typing. These courses go on for four to six months and focus on improving your verbal and written communication.

3. Gain on-ground experience

While having strong basics is a plus, it’s always essential to gain on-ground experience. Try and work as an office assistant, transcriber, or even as a customer service specialist, so that you are aware of the work environment as well as the challenges that are part of the role. This can also work as a differentiator, when an employer has a long list of applications from several candidates.

Become a medical scribe 

ScribeEMR provides telemedicine, medical scribe, and virtual assistant services to healthcare providers across the country. They assign a dedicated, expert medical scribe to solely work for a specific provider, delivering high-quality medical charts that match their charting style. All the charts are completed and signed by the end of the day. 

Our medical scribes are rigorously trained on 40+ EMR systems, covering every aspect of clinical documentation, including managing lab orders, diagnostics studies, prescriptions, and referrals. ScribeEMR complies with all HIPAA rules. 

You, too, can become a part of this exciting industry. Join us today!