Maybe it’s the paperwork, or maybe it’s all the new techniques and new information about the human body that’s coming out every month. Maybe it has to do with all the juggling that goes on between different specializations, or maybe it’s just something that happens to a high-demand, high-skill industry like health care. Whatever the reasons are, it’s true enough that doctors, psychiatrists, and other physicians throughout the world are feeling overworked. For instance:
A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows that, for many medical professionals, every hour they spend with their patients comes with two hours they have to spend on paperwork. Even in the examination room, doctors are having to jot down notes in a computer system that all too often was designed without any input from a practicing medical professional.
Medical scribes are still a very new profession, one which got its start within the last decade or so. However, in just that short time, interest in scribes has exploded, and a significant percentage of medical facilities throughout America now employ scribes to assist physicians with taking notes, setting up appointments, retrieving test results, and other aspects of medical busywork that don’t demand a licensed doctor’s personal attention. But where exactly did this profession come from, and why is it only catching on now?
A paperless office sounds like a noble goal. It means going all the way to electronic recordkeeping, note taking, and ordering. It means that fewer trees have to die to fill the back rooms of hospitals and clinics with medical histories, paperwork that then makes it very hard to discover old diagnoses and insurance claims. It’s the promise of cleaning up and indexing all this information that led the government to subsidize electronic health records starting in 2009.
Recently, a company has tested out a new streaming technology that could make life easier for doctors and allow them to spend more of their examination time with their patients instead of with a computer. Wearing a Google Glass, a doctor transmitted what he saw and called out everything he discovered so that a scribe at a remote location could transcribe everything. In addition, when the doctor asked for information, the scribe could look it up and send it as a text popup to the doctor’s Glass.
If you want to give your medical school application a boost, a great idea is joining a pre-med club. Pre-med clubs can help build your network, find opportunities for clinical experience, and help you develop valuable skills. Here are some of the best pre-med clubs you can join while you are still working on your undergraduate degree.
There are hundreds of areas of medical specialties, so deciding which to focus on can be a little overwhelming. However, by evaluating your personal interests, strengths, and understanding the requirements of each specialty, you can find the perfect area of medicine for you. To help you get through this difficult process, we put together a short quiz to help you narrow down your choices.
The medical school application process is extremely competitive. Fewer than half of all applicants get accepted into any school, and even less get go to their dream school. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to give yourself an advantage during the application process so your application stands out. Here are the five best ways to give yourself an advantage:
One of the great advantages of the digital era that we live in is the accessibility of information and how useful that can be for the decision making process, or other aspects of business and administration. However, while data intensive professions, such as financial accounting are very easy to integrate data processing into, other fields, such as medicine, strike an uneasy co-existence with the need for more comprehensive data, and that can be both useful and limiting at the same time.
A recent study indicated that physicians and nurse practitioners that work in the ED experience a 70% burn out rate. For anyone with any emergency treatment experience, this is hardly a surprise. The demanding workload of the ED, and the fact that lives may be dependent on the effectiveness of the medical treatment there ensures that any position in the ED is going to generate high amounts of stress.
For medical facilities that work with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), there is an initiative available to these qualified healthcare providers called the Physician Quality Reporting System. This measure was initially optional and strictly voluntary, allowing those facilities that chose to to provide even more medical information on certain specific details of treatment as a way to gauge the effectiveness and quality of the treatment for more complete information.
Once upon a time, the only real division in medicine was between doctors and surgeons. Those days are long gone, however, and these days a physician can specialize in just about any organ of the body along with patient ages and disease types. It can be an intimidating choice when you first look at the massive list of options, so you owe it to yourself to ask yourself a few questions and narrow down your choices.
There is a prevalence in professions of all kinds to dismiss the youngsters and the new kids as newbies, wimps, and inexperienced whiners. Partly it’s the generation gap, the inability of two different age groups to look eye-to-eye after having lived through different eras at different times in their lives. But while older doctors tend to look at burnout as a thing that happens to interns and residents, the term has been around for decades and older doctors are, if anything, more likely to suffer burnout than young doctors who have recently survived their residency.
Let’s face it: the top medical schools in America aren’t at the top because their textbooks are somehow more accurate than a less expensive school’s or because their professors are all the best at teaching, they’re at the top because they provide students with connections that can get them high-paying jobs and a name on their résumé which can open a lot of doors.
The medical profession demands a lot more years in school than the average career, and medical schools don’t let just anyone into their ranks. This is especially true of the big schools whose names alone can get you hired to the hospital of your choice, and they look for more than just a perfect MCAT score when they’re deciding whom to let in and whom to put on the endless waiting list.
A professional medical scribe like the ones we train at ProScribe is one more layer of authentication to help prevent medical error and ensure more safety for patients. By allowing medical practitioners to focus their efforts on diagnosis and patient communication, this ensures both a better consultation and clearer focus for patients.
Medical scribes work alongside licensed practitioners as documentation and throughput assistants. The scribes accompany the practitioner into the exam room and document the practitioner-patient encounter as the practitioner and patient verbalize it. The practitioner may also dictate the patient encounter to the scribe after the encounter takes place.