Great experience for med/PA school, but not a long-term job
Emergency Department Chief Scribe (Former Employee) – Tampa Bay, FL – April 10, 2019
Scribing is a great opportunity to become familiar with what providers do on a day-to-day basis. If you are not using this job as your primary source of income, take the job. The experience is unlike any other.
However, corporate is greedy, and will not pay more than $10/hr (in my area) for a regular scribe, no matter how many years you have worked for them. They used to have merit-based raises (which were a measly 2.0% annually), but they did away with them in the last year. Meaning there is absolutely no extra pay to drive you to keep working for them. They undervalue their employees and expect us to work crazy shifts without any differential offered. Getting any extra pay from them is like pulling teeth.
They feed on pre-med students' desire to get experience and count on us being so desperate for experience that we will accept lower pay, terrible hours, and greater responsibility than a local mall or fast food worker. As a reminder, as a scribe you are signing LEGAL DOCUMENTS that can be traced back to you for years to come.
Overall, great experience depending on what type of location you're sent to work at, but corporate will take advantage of you every step of the way.
Medical experience, connections with docs and PAs
No breaks in ER, long hours, overnight shifts with no differential, no raises