What is a Scribe?

CEP America’s Scribes work exclusively in our Emergency Departments (ED). Scribes document patients’ medical histories and physical exams as they work with CEP America healthcare providers in the ED. Our scribes are trained in medical terminology and medical documentation. Scribes also receive customized training using the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) or documentation system specific to their hospital. Scribes do not perform any clinical duties nor do they provide direct patient care, but they assist with a number of important tasks.

A scribe’s role in the ED primarily consists of the following:

• Documentation of the clinical encounter and diagnostic studies
• Tracking the progress of diagnostic studies
• Alerting the provider when studies have been completed
• Reviewing charts for proper and complete documentation

Typically, scribes are either undergraduates or post baccalaureate students with an interest in the healthcare field. Most, but not all scribes have the intention of attending medical, physician assistant, or nursing school. 

Benefits of Being a Scribe

CEP offers paid positions and comprehensive training.  Working as a scribe provides an invaluable opportunity to prepare for a career in healthcare. Scribes learn to communicate and interact with physicians, other providers, and ED staff in the clinical environment while working side-by-side with them from day one.

Working closely with providers in the ED allows scribes to network with professionals in the medical field while building their resume. Scribes learn medical terminology during their time in the ED, which is an advantage for students as they pursue a career in the medical field.