The ProspectiveDoctor Podcast

Podcast 93: ProScribe

Join Dr. Marinelli as she discusses the ins and outs of scribing with two members of the ProScribe team!

[1.05] Introductions

Shannon has been with the company for 5 years and is Talent Acquisition Manager, while Rachel has been in the industry for 10 years and serves as Director of Clinical Programs.

[2.10] What is a medical scribe and what do they do?

A scribe is essentially a productivity assistant but offers more than just documentation, allowing a physician to free up their days by speeding up work flow.

[4.15] A day in the life

Rachel discusses a typical day which involves arriving at the ER and accompanying the physician to all their patients. The scribe will document initial symptoms and history, to diagnosis, to follow up care. All interactions with the patient are documented.

[6.35] Where do scribes typically work?

Scribes are not only found in the ER. They can also typically be found in around 35 other branches of specialty from management to dermatology. Initially the role began in the ER but demand has led to expansion.

[7.45] Training required to become a scribe

Shannon discusses ProScribe training which initially involves didactic web-based learning, which has 8 modules. This is followed by reviewing physician recordings and creating mock charts. Then, pairing with a trainer and physician, shadowing for 4 shifts followed by 4 shifts where the trainee is responsible for charting.

[11.16] The benefits of scribing as a pre-med student

Scribing can offer great in-field experience and allow students to work in a team, more so than other volunteering positions. Scribing is also a paid position which can help to ease some of the financial burden of being a student.

[14.20] Requirements and application process

It is preferred that applicants be in at least sophomore year, with their schedule set. A typing speed of 60 words per minute is required due to the fast pace of the position. After applying expect a virtual interview, a follow up, and in-depth job description discussion before a final hiring decision is made.

[21.15] Final thoughts on the benefits of scribing

Shannon and Rachel both agree that scribing is an excellent way to supplement pre-med learning with real world experience and income.


Renee Marinelli MD

Renee graduated magna cum laude from California State University San Marcos with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. While attending school, she worked for a neurosurgeon where she led clinical trials. Renee attended the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine where she served on the admissions committee and interviewed many applicants. In medical school, Renee met her future husband, a military scholarship student. After medical school, both Renee and her husband attended family medicine residency in Hawaii where she also served on the residency admissions committee. She has mentored and assisted many students in the medical school admissions process and brings a wealth of experience serving on both medical school and residency admission committees. She is excited to continue to provide guidance to students while spending quality time with her son.

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