WVU emergency department seeking scribes

Talented students sought for growing program

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – WVU Healthcare is looking for qualified health science undergraduate students and recent graduates to apply to become a scribe in the Emergency Department.

Since last fall, the program has successfully trained 10 scribes to work in the emergency department. Due to its initial success, the program is expanding and will be hiring more scribes in the fall semester.

A medical scribe documents the entire patient visit into the medical record on the provider’s behalf. By focusing solely on the completeness and accuracy of the patient’s medical chart, the scribe allows the provider to be more efficient and improve the quality of their interaction with the patient. In many cases, scribes can help create and facilitate quicker and more efficient patient flow through the often overcrowded emergency department.

As students, scribes are able to gain invaluable healthcare exposure in the fast-paced environment of the emergency room. The program not only allows students to ‘test the waters’ of a health career, but the experience also provides the scribe with practical experience that many top medical, physician assistant, nursing and health science graduate schools seek in a qualified applicant.

Scribes are comprehensively trained in medical terminology, basic anatomy, clinical documentation procedures and much more before being released to train in the emergency department.   

WVU Healthcare employs its scribes through a contracted agency, eScribe Management Services. Applications are currently being accepted. Online training for new scribes begins once selected, followed by four to six weeks of on-the-job training at WVU’s Ruby Memorial Hospital throughout the fall semester. There are limited spots available.

Interested undergraduates and recent graduates should be pre-med, nursing, pharmacy or honors students with above average grade point averages, preferably 3.5 or better. Applicants must also be available to work at least two shifts a week, possibly including night, weekend and holiday hours, depending on the individual student’s academic schedule. Due to the lengthy training required, the position requires a one-year commitment.

For more information and to request an application, visit www.md-scribes.com/be-a-scribe/qualifications. Interested applicants may also contact Kim Campbell at 757-941-0660 or kim.campbell@md-scribes.com.


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