Frequently Asked Questions

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Do scribes get paid?

Yes. Scribes are paid by the hour. Raises are awarded bi-annually to scribes who successfully meet or exceed evaluation criteria.

Is there a minimum requirement of hours for part-time scribes?

Yes. Depending on the coverage requested by our clients, scribes are required to be available to work a minimum of two (usually 8 to 12 hour) shifts per week, every week. All scribes must work a minimum of 24 hours a month in order to maintain skill. Part-time scribes are also expected to commit at least two full years to the medical scribing program.

Is there a commitment for length of employment?

Yes. ABC Scribes requires a one-year employment commitment for full-time employees and a two-year employment commitment for part-time employees.

Can I take the course now and scribe later?

Yes. If you are a student planning to scribe in the future but our course works with your schedule now, please feel free to go ahead and take the course. You are welcome to apply for jobs at a later date. If hired, you will have a refresher course which consists of 3-12 hours of classroom training (depending on job placement) before beginning on-site training.

Can I work any hours that I choose?

Unfortunately, no. The scribe and physician work as a team for the entirety of the physician’s shift. Therefore, the scribe must be available to work full shifts. The specific times of shifts vary – by institution and sometimes by day of week. However, part-time scribes are able to choose shifts that fit with his/her scholastic or other schedule, but must be flexible and available to work several shifts a week. You may be assigned up to two shifts (or more if desired) from his/her list of available times. For full-time employees, hours will generally be daytime office hours with weekends and holidays off.

Will you work around my class schedule?

Absolutely. We understand the importance of your class schedule. Please be aware that we can only offer positions to students with availability that matches our job openings.

Can I just work during school breaks?

Unfortunately, no. This employment program is designed for scribes to work during the entire year, including during school (if you are a student). It is possible to work extra shifts during school breaks, if shifts are available. For those who live out of the area and go home on breaks or during the summer, alternate coverage while they are gone is usually possible as other local scribes often want to pick up more hours during these breaks from school.

Do scribes get compensated for travel mileage?

Not unless driving out of what is considered the general area (for instance, the physician client has a remote satellite office).

What does training involve?

Training to become a scribe is fairly intense. It generally begins with the Scribe Academy or one of our scribe courses offered at local colleges. These courses include an orientation session, followed by sessions to learn the electronic medical record system and basics of scribing. Courses are approximately 36 hours. They are followed by a number of training shifts (another 36 hours or so) for the trainee to feel comfortable working alone with a physician. A training shift involves shadowing a current scribe during his/her shift. As you complete training shifts you will slowly start to take over scribe responsibilities so that by the end of your training the current scribe is shadowing you and making sure you are managing scribe tasks effectively. Only after you master the responsibilities of a scribe will you work alone. It is recommended that the training shifts be completed within a short period of time. Completing all training within 3-4 weeks is ideal. If training at one of our college programs, you will have an entire semester of classroom training followed by the traditional in office or ED clinical training.

As noted, there is now the option of doing the classroom portion of training through courses being offered by ABC Scribes in partnership with local universities. Check with your school to see if they are offering one of our courses. Currently there are courses at University of Dayton, Wright State University, Sinclair College and Kettering College.

Do scribes get paid for training?

Yes. Full-time scribes completing our private academy will be compensated for classroom and clinical training. Students completing the course for post-secondary credit will not be compensated for classroom training but will be compensated for clinical training.

What do scribes wear?

Scribes wear scrubs. Upon completion of training, ABC Scribes will provide a uniform scrub top while the scribe is responsible to provide their own black scrub bottom. There may be other dress rules depending on the rules of our individual clients.

What expectations are there for scribes?

In addition to availability and flexibility, scribes will get feedback on how they meet the main objectives of this program – that is how well they are facilitating the physician’s work so that he/she is more efficient and accurate. At the end of a shift, the physician expects to have an accurate and complete document that can be used by other physicians to gain an understanding of the encounter, by billing specialists to accurately bill for the encounter, and by regulatory and insurance agencies to complete their tasks relating to the documented encounter. The physician will expect that he/she can do more patient care and less clerical work. Anything that helps improve physician efficiency that is clerical in nature may be expected.

How will I know how I am performing?

You will have a lot of time with your physician(s), who will undoubtedly give you feedback. In addition, you will have periodic evaluations from ABC Scribes. Remember that you work for ABC Scribes and not for the physician directly, so if there are any discrepancies between what we have told you that your duties are, and what the physician might like, ABC Scribes is your source for resolving the conflict. There are very specific limitations on what a scribe may do for their physician.