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Paid Work That Impresses Medical Schools

The requirements for premed students are constantly stacking higher and higher Between prerequisite coursework, extracurricular activities, the MCAT, CASPer, and more, it can be incredibly difficult for premeds to find time for all of their obligations. This becomes especially difficult when students have to work to generate income for themselves or their families. A medical scribe works alongside physicians and assists in the documentation of patient visits. Scribing can allow a premed student to get close doctor interaction while gaining skills in medical documentation, terminology, and treatment plans. Scribes also may get some direct patient interaction. Though this position requires specific training, there […]

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Study Confirms Benefits of Scribe Use Similar Pre and Post Covid-19

National Institute of Health study entitled, Medical Scribe Impact on Provider Efficiency in Outpatient Radiation Oncology Clinics Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Medical documentation has become increasingly challenging for providers, particularly with time constraints and changes to office visit formats during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Medical scribes may help mitigate this burden. The objective of the survey was to determine how scribes affect provider workflow efficiency during the COVID-19 pandemic compared to pre-pandemic controls. The conclusion of the study shows that scribe use decreases provider time spent on medical documentation and improves overall efficiency. This improvement in clinical efficiency […]

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7 tips to avoid a malpractice suit, according to experts

Establish a trusting relationship Communicate the diagnosis and treatment plan Chart everything Listen to others on your medical team Refer when appropriate Adhere to protocol Obtain informed consent So what can you do to make the most of your time with patients? One place to start is by reviewing your patients’ charts before entering the room so you are not spending precious minutes playing catch-up. Once inside the exam room, if you find yourself spending too much time documenting in the EHR—ie, looking at a screen rather than making eye contact with your patient—consider using a medical scribe for data […]

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New Study: The Future of Medical Scribes Documenting in the Electronic Health Record

The authors of a recent study by BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making “state that no other shadowing opportunity allows pre-medical students to be as immersed in medicine as scribing. Furthermore, the study also stated, “We also saw internal pressures to the system. The most notable of these could be the increased use of alternative models of scribing. This could entail the increased employment of non-medical school-bound individuals or MAs/LPNs/RNs, which would decrease the need for the popular pre-professional scribing model.” In conclusion, Many experts thought that if the scribe role could be expanded to allow scribes to document more […]

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How to Become a Doctor: A Step-by-Step Guide

Step 3: Participate in Meaningful Extracurricular Activities A premed who does well in his or her courses but does nothing else is unlikely to get noticed by and admitted into top medical schools. So it’s important that prospective med students do something besides study, experts say. However, the quality of a person’s activities outside the classroom matters much more than either the quantity of activities or the number of hours devoted to those activities. Substantive scholarly research or a job as either a medical scribe or a medical assistant tends to be viewed positively in the admissions process, med school admissions officers say. They also […]

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Are Human Scribes Truly Effective for Safe EHR Documentation?

Providers said human scribes helped avoid burnout, were more efficient than an EHR scribe, and eased charting for clinicians. November 02, 2020 – A well-trained human scribe doing EHR documentation can boost patient safety and decrease clinician burden, according to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA). Clinician burnout runs rampant throughout the healthcare industry. According to the American Medical Association, the physician burnout rate is about 44 percent, which is much higher than in other professions. That burnout is closely linked with EHR use and demanding reporting burden. Read the article here

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Study provides new solution to offset the cost of medical scribes

Requirements for electronic health records are greater now than ever, and that burden is exacerbating the problem of physician burnout. However, there might be a solution: the medical scribe. New research led by Neda Laiteerapong MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University Chicago Medicine, indicates the real value of adding this healthcare professional to a medical practice. Read the entire article here

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52,800 healthcare jobs added in September; hospitals see job loss

Healthcare added 52,800 jobs in September, with hospitals losing jobs for the first month since May, according to the latest jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The September count marks the fifth consecutive month the industry has added jobs. However, it is down from the 75,300 healthcare jobs added in August and the 125,500 healthcare jobs added in July. It is also down from 358,000 healthcare jobs added in June and 312,400 healthcare jobs added in May. Within ambulatory healthcare services, dentist offices saw 3,900 new jobs, physician offices saw 18,200 job gains, and home health services had 16,200 job gains last month. Hospitals lost […]

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Study provides new solution to offset the cost of medical scribes

Requirements for electronic health records are greater now than ever, and that burden is exacerbating the problem of physician burnout. However, there might be a solution: the medical scribe. New research led by Neda Laiteerapong MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University Chicago Medicine, indicates the real value of adding this healthcare professional to a medical practice. It gives physicians more time to treat patients, add new ones, and schedule more return visits. This research also indicates that the initial cost of employing a medical scribe can be offset in a year or less, after which the possibility of […]

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