SCRIBE OF THE MONTH

We would like to recognize our hard-working scribes in their efforts to help medical professionals and prepare themselves for future healthcare professions. Congratulations to each scribe who was awarded Scribe of the Month!

Please read below to learn more about their experiences as a scribe!

June 2019

What specialty are you scribing for? How is it going?

      I am scribing for Urology! So far, it has been such an eye-opening, mind-blowing experience! I have learned so much about conditions that people rarely speak about, yet are so common. The trust that the patients have with Dr. Kar and his medical staff is beautiful, and the hard work that he and his medical staff put forth every day to care for patients is amazing. I have learned so much about how the medical staff works with patients and with Dr. Kar. I have learned a great deal about how doctors should interact with patients, how they diagnose patients, how they advise patients, and how they strive to provide the best care for patients, even outside of work, for example, by keeping themselves updated on new medical technology. I am privileged to scribe for a doctor who takes his time to teach me about patient manners, how he diagnoses patients, and how he prescribes treatments. He has walked me through reading CT scans, has shown me how an infection appears under the microscope, allows me to observe innovative procedures, such as the Urolift, and so much more. I really appreciate this opportunity to scribe so much, as it has allowed me to learn so much more about what it takes to be a great healthcare provider.

 

Do you feel as if your experiences will help you in your future medical career?

      Most definitely! I strive to build great trust with my future patients and those who work with me. Healthcare can only be best given if the health of both patients and providers are accounted for. I will take with me the advice Dr. Kar and the healthcare providers in his office have given me on how to care for patients. I will keep myself updated on medical innovations to help patients heal better. I will take with me the knowledge that Dr. Kar has given me on how he diagnoses patients. He is not afraid to ask his colleagues for advice, and he places trust in his knowledge in order to make level-headed decisions, and I strive to do so in the future.

 

What is one of the most memorable experiences you have had while scribing?

      There are many memorable experiences I have had while being in Student Scribes! One of the most memorable experiences I have had while scribing was being in the room with a patient and his wife when Dr. Kar told him that he was cancer free. The joy that the patient, his wife, and Dr. Kar expressed captured the passion in healthcare and how the impact healthcare providers have is more than just on the patient.

Brenda Nguyen
University of California, Irvine
Class of 2020
Biological Sciences
Student Scribes Orange County Manager

August 2019

Michelle Vu
California State University, Fullerton
Cell/Developmental Biology
Class of 2021
Student Scribes Orange County

What specialty are you scribing for? 

      I am currently scribing for Pediatrics with Dr. Monga and I've enjoyed every single day working there. I’ve learned how to as a team and communicate with people from various walks of life. 


What do you do as a scribe?

      As a a scribe, I'm in charge of writing the physician's notes and ensuring that the notes are completed in a timely manner so that the workload is reduced on the physician's end. 


Do you feel as if your experiences will help you in your future medical career?

      I do feel that my experiences will carry me a long way throughout my future medical career because aside from learning terminology and diagnoses, I learned how to be a human being. My experiences have made me a more compassionate and understanding person, which has allowed me to grow in ways that I never knew I could. It has reinforced my desire to become a physician and has taught me invaluable skills such as attention to detail, problem solving, and working in a fast paced environment. 


What is one of the most memorable experiences you have had while scribing?

      I’ve been here for so long that I often get to be a part of a patient’s journey as they grow up. I value the people that I often see and to know that they are in good health and doing well fulfills me each and every time. I don’t play a direct role in providing for the patient but just simply being able to help out by documenting and allowing them to have more time with the physician has taught me that care can be provided through different means. 

March 2020

What specialty are you scribing for? 

      I scribe under an experienced specialist focusing on Urology and it has been an amazing experience for me.


What do you do as a scribe?

      I am able to shadow this urologist and observe the daily interactions he has with patients. I enter his notes using the electronic medical records system. 


Do you feel as if your experiences will help you in your future medical career?

     Seeing how the doctor patiently interacts with every patient giving his utmost attention, he is able to deal with every illness with expert knowledge. I am able to learn medical terminology while scribing and see the progression of certain illnesses and what treatments work best. I feel as if I am a sponge and have absorbed so much medical information in a short period of time. So yes, I feel as if my experiences through scribing have helped me take a step towards the medical field I wish to pursue. 


What is one of the most memorable experiences you have had while scribing?

      I am bilingual, and there are times where patients only speak Spanish so I translate between the doctor and patient to help them understand how to go forward. Even though I am not a practitioner in medicine, when we get the same Spanish-speaking patients and I see their health progress to normality, they end up thanking me for being part of the process. It's truly a rewarding feeling. 

Jesus Mariscal Campos
University of California, Irvine
Biological Sciences
Class of 2020
Student Scribes Orange County

April 2020

What specialty are you scribing for? 

     Infectious diseases


How do you like scribing?

       I really like scribing! There's definitely a learning curve at first, but it becomes really fun to see the different types of patient come in once you get the hang of it. 

What do you do as a scribe?

       As a scribe, I stay in the room with the physician when he is seeing the patient. I occasionally go into the room to talk to the patient before they see the physician themselves. I usually type up the notes verbatim to how the physician likes to write them, but sometimes I am given the task to extract the patient's narrative myself. Then at the end of my shift, I look over all the patient notes for that day for corrections and clarifications before the physician signs them. 


Do you feel as if your experiences will help you in your future medical career?

     Scribing has been one of the most influential experiences for my interest in the medical field. For me, it is less about the job and more about getting to observe the physician-patient interactions. I got a good look at how different patients approach healthcare and what the physician's role is as a healthcare provider.


What is one of the most memorable experiences you have had while scribing?

       In one memorable experience, one of the patients that came in for a 6 month check-up remembered me and we made conversation about my studies and my future aspirations. It was a touching thought that although your duties are to listen and type, you still take part in the patient's overall experience with healthcare.feeling. 

Sharon Chang
California State University at Fullerton
Anthropology & Biological Sciences
Class of 2021
Student Scribes Orange County