Medical Scribe Training Program


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Note: The 2019 Medical Scribe Training Program is closed. Please look next spring for 2020 training opportunities. 


What is a Medical Scribe?

The main role of a scribe is to support physicians as they care for patients. The primary way to support physicians is by documenting patient encounters so they can focus on their patients. This generates better documentation, better patient care, and decreased burnout of health care professionals.

Medical Scribes quickly become proficient in medical terminology, common diagnoses and treatments, and billing. Beyond patient encounters, Medical Scribes often assist physicians by returning telephone calls to patients, placing orders, scheduling patients, assisting in office quality improvement projects, assisting other staff, and so much more.

Why Should I be a Medical Scribe?

Being a Medical Scribe gives you a front row seat to the practice of medicine. This will allow you to figure out if you want to have a career in health care and what specifically you would like to do in this field. You will build connections with mentors who will offer you career advice, wisdom, and often, a powerful and positive letter of recommendation for your application to health professional school. Often, you will be working in a setting with health profession students, who also can provide invaluable insight into the application process.

This course is uniquely designed to give you hands-on scribing experience and launch your career in a position that goes well beyond shadowing. Medical Scribes play an integral role in patient care. In addition to recording what is happening in a patient-doctor encounter, you will be assisting the doctor in retrieving information and delivering patient care.

After undergoing medical scribe training, you will become well-versed in common medical diagnoses, medical language, and the use of electronic medical records. Being a medical scribe is the perfect gap year experience and will not only increase your chances of admission, but will also give participants a running start in their quest to become a healthcare professional.

What Qualities Make a Good Medical Scribe?

We are looking for candidates who possess the following qualities:

  • Highly Motivated
  • Observant and focused
  • Attentive to detail and organized
  • Proactive and helpful
  • Efficient
  • Mature and professional
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Able to multitask

Description of Training

A comprehensive 2-week Medical Scribe training program that includes:

  • Training led by Dr. Wayne Altman (Professor and Chair of Family Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine) and Karissa Rajagopal (former Medical Scribe and Medical Student)
  • Visit to classroom at Tufts University School of Medicine alongside third-year medical students for two days to learn about common primary care topics
  • Visit to Family Practice Group in Arlington to practice with real patients and real scribes
  • Orientation to Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA)
  • Training on the electronic health record EPIC

Application Process and Timeline

2019 Training Timeline

Training starts June 17 at 8:30 AM. We expect training should be completed by June 28. Work begins the following week.

Please note: applicants will need to visit CHA Occupational Health for a TB test and other screenings. 

How to Apply

  • Step 1: Click on the Application and Onboarding Portal to apply for the Medical Scribe Position at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA)
  • Step 2: After applying for the CHA position, please email your response to the questions below, along with your resume and your GPA, to Steve Dolat.
    • Why are you interested in becoming a scribe?
    • What experiences have you had that will help you excel in the role of Medical Scribe?
    • What do you hope to gain from this experience as a Medical Scribe?
    • Give an example of when you excelled at being detail oriented.
    • Give an example of when you have gone above and beyond to assist someone you work for.