What does a Physician Scribe do?

Medical scribes are professionals who document medical interactions and transcribe information during medical appointments, generally in real time. They retrieve and prepare patient records for physicians before appointments and procedures. They accompany doctors on rounds and appointments to accurately transcribe notes, observations, instructions, and other vital information. They compile and process orders for tests, procedures, and other treatments. Their role is limited to observation and documentation, as they do not perform any medical treatment and generally have minimal (if any) direct interaction with patients.

Medical scribes have a high school diploma, although additional education or training is preferred by some employers. They commonly have experience working as a medical clerk or administrative assistant. A broad familiarity with medical terminology and procedures is helpful. These roles require an understanding of HIPAA regulations and a commitment to protecting the privacy of patient information.

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How much does a Physician Scribe make?

Physician Scribe Career Path

Learn how to become a Physician Scribe, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Entry Level Medical Scribe
$61,368/yr
L2
Medical Scribe
$60,317/yr
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NuanceNuance
Medical Scribe
Dec 8, 2020

“I liked the work from home aspect and it was a pretty good gig if you got a nice doctor.”

CITYMDCITYMD
Medical Scribe
Mar 1, 2022

“You learn a lot about what makes both a good provider and what makes a not so good provider.”

Scribe.ologyScribe.ology
Medical Scribe
Sep 16, 2021

“I felt like I was being exploited with minimal pay of 7.50 and my supervisor was bizarre.”

Virtual Physician ScribesVirtual Physician Scribes
Medical Scribe
Feb 2, 2022

“The cons is not about the company its about night shift; but when working in a good and friendly environment this fade away.”

Scribe-XScribe-X
Scribe
Aug 29, 2021

“I worked with a great doctor but not sure if that’s the case for everyone”

Riverside Urgent CareRiverside Urgent Care
Medical Scribe
Aug 12, 2021

“This job has nice people and 12 hour shifts so you don't have to work every day which is nice.”

Texas OrthopedicsTexas Orthopedics
Medical Scribe
Jan 7, 2021

“As a scribe you have to do about 3 weeks of training which is really helpful.”

Scribe AmericaScribe America
ER SCRIBE
Mar 24, 2022

“The pay is ridiculous if you actually see how much they charge the doctors hourly.”

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