Medical Scribe Job Description
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Medical scribes aren’t on the frontlines of healthcare, which is good for those who prefer a little more predictability in their daily routines. They generally work behind the scenes —sometimes from the comfort of their own home—listening to dictations and converting them into written documents. Here’s what their daily responsibilities might include:
- Listening to the recorded dictation of a doctor or other healthcare worker.
- Interpreting and transcribing dictation into patient history, exam notes, and other documents.
- Reviewing and editing drafts prepared by speech recognition software.
- Translating medical abbreviations and jargon into the appropriate long form.
- Following up with the healthcare provider to ensure that reports are accurate.
Medical scribes work fast. They receive dictations and transform those into clear, accurate, written documentation in record time. They often work in physicians’ offices, hospitals, or even from home—generally 40 hours a week.
According to Payscale, medical scribes earn an average base salary of $36,688 a year.* Generally, the more documentation they turn around, the more they make!
Even though there is a projected decline for this role, there are expected to be over 9,000 openings annually for medical transcriptionists over the next decade**. That’s why employers are looking for well-trained, motivated medical scribes with enough knowledge and confidence to jump in with both feet.
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*PayScale. “Average Medical Scribe Base Salary” Payscale.com. Accessed March 22, 2023.
Statements found on PayScale are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to estimate salaries includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.
**Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. “Medical Transcriptionists.” Occupational Outlook Handbook. Accessed May 2, 2023.
Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.