Thursday, March 3, 2016

Medical Scribe Opportunities for Recent and New Grads

Emergency Department
Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center 
Woodbridge, VA 

Ideal candidate would be a new or recent graduate who is in search of first-hand medical experience in preparation for application to a health professional program. Job description below.

For more information contact Raymond Hakh, Lead Medical Scribe, at Interested candidates should apply by submitting a resume and statement of interest to 

Emergency Department Medical Scribe

PurposeTo handle time-consuming clerical responsibilities for physicians during emergency department patient encounters. Scribes accompany an emergency physician and directly observe patient encounters. They accurately document the events and decision-making in a manner that results in appropriate medical charting. Scribes also complete clerical activities necessary to assist with duties that otherwise would be assigned to a physician. Scribes enable physicians to spend more time with individual patients and increase the overall flow of patients in the department.

Key Result AreasThe primary responsibilities for this position include but are not limited to:
1. Accurate, timely charting of patient encounters, including but not limited to patient history, physical exams, diagnostic findings, lab and test results, consultations with other providers, emergency department treatment course, diagnoses, discharge instructions and prescriptions.
2. Professional, non-intrusive interaction with patients (the scribe does not directly assist with patient care), physicians, hospital staff and other co-workers.
3. Compliance with hospital and HIPAA policies, including those relating to confidentiality of patient information.
4. Excellent job attendance.
5. Other duties as assigned, including but not limited to training other Scribes and staff.

Education and Experience
Four years of undergraduate education with emphasis in pre-medical / pre-health studies. 

Core Competencies
  • Ability to learn and appropriately apply basic medical terminologies and techniques taught and used on the job
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to actively listen
  • Ability to observe and draft narrative accounts of events accurately and cogently, with correct grammar
  • Ability to spell proofread and edit written text
  • Keyboard proficiency (approximately 70 words/minute)
  • Ability to operate a personal computer and related software applications 
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work in a dynamic, highly-stressful environment that routinely involves exposure to highly-sensitive personal medical issues
  • Ability to coordinate multiple projects and patients
  • Ability to problem solve under pressure
  • Ability to communicate and interact professionally with others
  • Understanding of and commitment to appropriate protection of confidential patient information 
  • Commitment to high professional ethical standards
Equipment/Software/Systems Used
  • Hospital-specific charting software
  • Copiers, fax machines, computers (including portable computer on wheels)  
Working Conditions
Scribes work in a fast-paced hospital emergency department. Physical requirements include but are not limited to continuous standing during shift, repeated sitting, listening, fluorescent lighting, repetitive typing and key entry work, computer work, and other normal hospital conditions. Ability to push and maneuver a portable computer on wheels. The position may require some lifting up to 20 pounds. Scribes will interact with patients, families, ancillary staff, nurses, physician assistants, physicians, and others. This is a full-time or part-time position, as determined at the beginning of employment. Employees are expected to work as scheduled, including regularly scheduled evenings, overnight shifts, weekends and holidays.