Educating the Next Generation of Clinicians – MDs, NPs, PAs

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Can you identify the similarity between Medical Scribes, Medical Assistants, and Patient Care Technicians? They all play a role in fostering the ambition and growth of future physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.

When a student pairs with a physician to assist them with their note-taking, they benefit, as does the physician. With artificial intelligence (AI), no one is being prepared to be a better future physician.

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“It’s supposed to be a great symbiotic relationship. Scribes can be educated and learn about medicine and an opportunity to learn from several different positions,” says Dr. Elliott Trotter, Founder of ScribeNest. “For the physicians, we get help documenting and being organized while walking through the emergency department. That takes things that are non-doctoring off of the physician so that they are able to be a physician.”

In addition to bedside manner, the scribe can see how abstract academic learning in pre-med classes plays out in a hospital or physician’s office. Before formal medical schools, this apprenticeship model was how people learned medicine. Combining it with formal education has produces impressive results, Trotter says. “I had call from the dean of the Emory University Medical School and he said, ‘We have a student here she’s your former scribe, and she knows more than a second year resident.’ By the time these students get to get to medical, PA, or nursing school, they run circles around their competition because they already know what it’s supposed to look like.”

With the clinical workforce at a crisis point across virtually all direct care roles, it’s smart to keep this in mind.