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Fall & Winter 2016 SOTM

Posted by Sophie Penkrat on Dec 30, 2016 1:34:47 PM
We're so proud of our scribe of the month winners!

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Our scribes work tirelessly day and night in the trenches of the emergency department alongside the best doctors practicing medicine. Every single one of them is amazing! Sometimes there are a handful of scribes who go above and beyond. The PhysAssist Scribe of the Month (SOTM) program was developed to recognize a few stellar individuals each month—ones who embody the essence of what it means to be a scribe. We view these attributes as sincere, caring, responsive, innovative, balanced and efficient. 

How it Works
Every month, outstanding scribes are nominated for a Scribe Spotlight by members of their team or fellow scribe. We've poured over all of the nominees and are showcasing below the ones selected to be Scribe of the Month for September through December 2016. Stay tuned for the Scribe of the Year 2016 in an upcoming blog (click here to see last year's winner)!


September 2016

ADRIANA VELASQUEZ – Charleston, SC

Reason for NominationAdrianaVelasquez_SeptSOTM.jpg
One of Adriana's fellow scribes shared that she is one of the most positive and hardworking individuals they know. She is personable and well-liked by all of the ED team with whom she works; not to mention her charts are flawless. She is an example of what scribes should aim for!

What made you want to become a scribe? 
She states: "I have always wanted to work in the medical field and knew that becoming a scribe would be great clinical experience."

What are your career aspirations?
"I wanted to be a pediatrician for as long as I can remember...but working in the ER has opened my eyes to different routes in the medical field."

Anthony rodriguez – hialeah, fl

Reason for Nomination
A dedicatAnthonyRodriguez_SeptSOTM.jpged scribe, Anthony is always willing to cover last-minute shifts to help his team. He excels with all of the physicians he works with and is always respectful of hospital staff and the scribes on his team. To top it off, he is always wearing a smile and keeps a positive attitude going all of the time.

Who inspires you? 
"My father's hard work and determination—even through difficulties in life—have motivated me to pursue a good education and life-long career."

What other career would you consider if you didn't become a physician?
"I'm also interested in the nursing field, especially the areas of nurse anaesthetist or DNP."

emily buehler – frisco, tx

Reason for Nomination
Emily is aEmilyBuehler_SeptSOTM.jpg great asset to her team, especially as a trainer. She makes sure that all of her trainees have all of the information they need to make it through residency successfully; even putting together a document with guidelines to help them navigate the EMR more easily.

What is the best part of working on your team? 
"Honestly, it's the hard-working individuals I work with and the friendships I've built with them."

How does it feel to be selected as SOTM?
"I'm so honored to be recognized for implementing a step-by-step EMR tutorial for physicians and scribes and my work in the ED. "

JonothonSegars_SeptSOTM.jpgjonothon segars – montgomery, al

Reason for Nomination
As a trainer, Jonothon has constantly invented new techniques to teach new and current scribes. He's always willing to pick up shifts, sometimes working even 14 to 15 a month! All of the providers on our team speak so highly of him. We're proud to have him on the Montgomery team!

What are your career aspirations? 
"I plan on becoming an orthopedic surgeon or I'd like to practice sports medicine. I've always loved sports and know that I'd enjoy working with athletes."

How does it feel to be selected as SOTM?
"I strive to be the best possible scribe I can be. Being recognized for this lets me know that my work does not go unnoticed...and that's a great feeling!"

KetlRodakowski_SeptSOTM.jpgketl rodakowski – centralia, wa

Reason for Nomination
One really challenging day, with no questions asked Ketl came in on his day off to cover an afternoon shift for his team. When the scheduled overnight scribe didn't show up, he stayed and worked that shift too! His willingness to step up to the plate for his team makes us lucky to have him.

Who inspires you? 
"Dr. Paul Farmer has been a big influence on me. I've been fascinated with
his anthropological studies paired with formal medical education and how he uses medicine as a tool for social justice."

How do you spend your free time?
"I spend a lot of time outside. Depending on the season, I do a lot of bouldering, mountaineering and back country skiing."

sarah rhodes – gulfport, ms

Reason for Nomination
Sarah really stands out from an already great team! Hospital staff readily compliment her on how well she works and she leaves a really amazing impression on everyone. She is friendly, sincere and professional, genuinely working her hardest to make the whole team shine!

What made you want to be a scribe? 
"As a nursing student, becoming a scribe has put me ahead of the game. Being around nurses and physicians in the ED has been such an education, not to mention all of the medical terminology and basics in medicine I've picked up on the job."

What is the best part of working on your team?
"Definitely the people I work with are the best part. From the hospital staff to my fellow scribes, everyone is helpful and kind."

TavaresCannon_SeptSOTM.jpgtavares cannon – racine, wi

Reason for Nomination
Tavares demonstrates all of the attributes we've come to idealize in a scribe. His FMD states: "Tavares is pleasant, fast, insightful, thorough and easy to work with. It makes a busy day pass by quickly to have such efficiency at hand. Well done in selecting such a great scribe!"

What made you want to be a scribe? 
"I wanted a job that would help solidify my future aspirations of becoming a physician while getting exposure to the medical field. This job gives me insight on how differently physicians think and work."

What is the best part of working on your team?
"Probably how friendly and helpful every team member is. No one would hesitate to answer any questions or take a shift if needed."

ValeriaPadron_SeptSOTM.jpgvaleria padron – san antonio, TX

Reason for Nomination
Although Valeria only recently passed her residency, she is already willing to cover open shifts in support of her team. She has been so flexible, especially when it came to moving training at a moment's notice.

How does it feel to be selected as SOTM?
"It feels amazing to be declared Scribe of the Month! I'm so thankful to be given this honor and it motivates me to continue doing better for all of my shifts to come."

Do you have a hidden talent?
"I can type and text without having to look at the screen."


october 2016

AnnaLawrence_Oct16SOTM.jpgAnna Lawrence – fort worth, tx

Reason for Nomination
Despite a hand injury (she had pins placed in her finger!), Anna has not skipped a beat and hasn't uttered one complaint. She continues to be helpful and has blossomed in her role as a trainer.

What is the best part of working on your team? 
"My team is the greatest! The physicians we work with are all wonderful and eager to educate us. All of the other scribes on my team are reliable, hardworking and a blast to be around. Working with people that share many of my own aspirations makes my job that much more rewarding."

Do you have a hidden talent?
"I can juggle and ride a unicycle (not at the same time, ha ha!)."

BrianneStewart_Oct16SOTM.jpgbrianne stewart – hollywood, fl

Reason for Nomination
Brianne is consistently on point with her work ethic, training capabilities, punctuality and overall great attitude. Her interaction with trainees is excellent and unique, always being personable and professional. One co-worker shared: "I think appreciation is one of the best gifts and Brianne definitely deserves recognition!" 

What made you want to be a scribe? 
"Initially I thought it would look good on my resume...but when I started working in the field, I realized that I was getting the best clinical experience, gaining first-hand knowledge of patient and provider interactions."

If you weren't going into medicine, what would you do?
"I have a true passion for food...so would love to become a private traveling chef or open my own restaurant."

CarolineShea_Oct16SOTM.jpgcaroline shea – San Antonio, TX

Reason for Nomination
Caroline exemplifies what it means to be a team player. She goes above and beyond for her team, no matter what. One scribe shared: "When I was training, she went out of her way to say hello and checked in to see how my training was going. I could see how patient and constructive she was with all of her trainees."

What are your career aspirations? 
"My future aspirations are to become a nurse and possibly work on a surgical unit or in the OR. Possibly further down the line, I would like to become a nurse anesthetist. "

How do you like to spend your free time?
"I have an 8-month old son at home, so any free time I have I love to spend with him! He is crawling everywhere, so he really keeps me busy."

ElenaDanielson_Oct16SOTM.jpgelena danielson – peoria, il

Reason for Nomination
Last spring, the Peoria team was running lean and Elena stepped in to pick up shifts, even working a few crazy long days! Once promoted to trainer, Elena stepped up again to be an important and integral member of the training team.

Why did you become a scribe? 
"I had never heard of a medical scribe, but when a friend suggested it as a job I thought it could help with my aspirations to become a doctor (I'm in the 2017 application process!). I never would have imagined that I would have learned so much from the experience, the providers and other healthcare professionals."

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would be be?
"Peanut butter with bananas." Yum!

HaylieWilson_Oct16SOTM.jpghaylie wilson – knoxville, tn

How does it feel to be selected as SOTM?
"It is a very humbling experience. It is nice to know that the hard work I put in has been noticed and is being recognized."

What are your career aspirations? 
"Eventually, I would to like earn my PA-C and work in pediatrics in some capacity. Emergency room or critical care are my interests as of late. I also have a degree in nutrition and dietetics, so if I hadn't pursued medicine, I would have become a registered dietitian / nutritionist."

Who inspires you?
"My mother. She was a single mom raising two children practically on her own while working 40-plus hours a week. When her mother became ill, she was at her bedside throughout the whole thing while keeping her calm. I am here today because of who she is."

JaniceLee_Oct16SOTM.jpgjanice lee – Orange Park, FL

Reason for Nomination
A provider from Janice's facility stated: "In five years, I've never officially commended a scribe. Great job, Janice!" He reports that one busy night he saw a record 27 patients and Janice kept up, delivering flawless charts. She never got stressed and "did fantastic." Great job indeed, Janice!

What's the best part of working on your team? 
"I think the providers at our site are very good about giving feedback, both positive and negative, and really make me feel appreciated as a scribe."

What would be your dream vacation?
"To travel around Asia by myself to meet up with old friends in Indonesia, Singapore and Japan...eating all of the tropical fruits that are hard to find in the U.S., like mangosteens and sugar apples!"

MeganCopeland_Oct16SOTM.jpgmegan copeland – Festus, Mo

Reason for Nomination
Recently a physician provided feedback on Megan's work, stating that he was "so appreciative and impressed with her phenomenal work during an insanely busy shift." He continued to say that he would not have been able to see all of his patients that night without her and her flawless notes (signing all 22 in just a few minutes.) Amazing job!

Why did you become a scribe? 
"I love to learn, and I learned about this job through school. I thought there couldn't be a better way to further my nursing knowledge than working first-hand with physicians and nurses learning the ways of medicine."

What would you do, if not medicine?
"I would go into social work. I love children...and helping children is my ultimate career goal, no matter what I do."

OliviaHobsonOct16SOTM.jpgolivia hobson – Ann Arbor, MI

Reason for Nomination
Through thick and thin, Olivia has been incredibly supportive in coverage and always has a great attitude, which makes a huge difference training new scribes. Her team really appreciates her! (As do we!) She has even taken on the new challenge of traveling to another facility to help them out (while learning a new EMR).

How does it feel to be selected as SOTM? 
"It really great! I never would have thought that I would be noticed among so many bright people on our team. I'm really excited!"

Who inspires you?
"I have a friend who attends Harvard Medical School. She aspires to be perfect and has served as a mentor to me. She truly inspires me to be the best Olivia that I can be!"


november 2016

AlexandraLopez_Nov16SOTM.jpgAlexandra lopez – miami, fl

Reason for Nomination
Recently Alexandra's team suffered a lot of people leaving simultaneously. She stepped right up and picked up multiple full-time shifts, despite her being a part-time scribe with limited availability. Her willingness to help her teammates and providers demonstrates real leadership!

What are your career goals? 
"I hope to become a physician assistant, but am not yet sure of a specialty. I've considered pediatrics, but after working as a scribe I realized that I like playing with children and would hate to be the reason they cry."

If you didn't pursue medicine, what would you do?
"I'd be interested in joining a non-profit organization and traveling across the world to help those in need."

ChelseaNwankwo_Nov16SOTM.jpgchelsea nwankwo – east dallas, tx

Reason for Nomination
A truly exceptional scribe and trainer, Chelsea has proven time and again that she is an invaluable member of the East Dallas team. Not only do trainees sing her praises, but she performs all of her trainer duties to the T. She is also attentive and proactive, helping the team move forward.

Why did you become a scribe? 
"I wanted to have the opportunity to observe provider-patient interactions while gaining valuable exposure to things like medical terminology. I wanted to see if becoming a PA was the right choice for me."

And your career aspirations?
"To become a physician assistant! I hope to work in Northeast Texas after completing the program."

ChikaOkonkwo_Nov16SOTM.jpgCHika okonkwo – Houston, tx

Reason for Nomination
A provider from Chika's team shared that not only is she punctual and professional, she is an effective trainer who embodies the role of a scribe. While, a fellow scribe said that Chika always goes the extra mile, helping others even when she is busy...and always has a great attitude. We love that!

What's the best part of working on your team? 
"Knowing that I am actually helping by alleviating one aspect of the provider's workload. Hearing a physician say, 'Wow, Chika. Thanks for all your help. You really make charting a lot easier for me,' let's me know that I am performing well."

How do you spend your free time?
"I like to work out when I have time. It is very therapeutic and helps be focus better throughout the day."

Consuelo Sauceda.jpgconsuelo sauceda – Birmingham, al

Reason for Nomination
Always with a smile and great attitude, Consuelo is one of the first to volunteer for open shifts, no matter what. She is often praised by physicians on her team for her hard work ethic. We love that you try so hard!

What made you choose to be a scribe? 
"Honestly if I had know about this type of job and experience a long time ago, I would have applied without any hesitation. Learning about the first-hand experience, knowledge and interaction you get  while working as a scribe made it a no-brainer when it came to applying for the job."

And where do you see your career?
"I aspire to pursue veterinary medicine. Patients in the vet field may be slightly furrier, but the treatment concept, terminology and interaction is more or less the same."

KatieShowalter_Nov16SOTM.jpgkatie showalter – owosso, mi

Reason for Nomination
When the chips were down and turnover was high, Katie took it upon herself to work an extremely busy schedule all through October. Her efforts helped the transition of new scribes almost seamless. Great job pulling a solid for your team, Katie!

How does it feel to be selected for SOTM? 
"Having worked on two different teams in my time with PhysAssist Scribes, I feel quite honored to be selected from my peers because I know first-hand that there are many, many deserving scribes who could have been chosen. "

And what's next for you?
"I play on finishing my pre-requisites and applying to medical school this coming cycle. I hope to be on the other side of the scribe role as doctor providing treatment!"

NatalieBejarano_Nov16SOTM.jpgnatalie bejarano – myrtle beach, sc

Reason for Nomination
Natalie's nominator boasted that her charts are by far the best in the region. That's a tall order! She also has a great demeanor, being calm and collected, keeping things moving smoothly even on a busy Monday night on the floor. Not only does she work hard she is very knowledgeable, always teaching her fellow scribes.

Who inspires you? 
"I have to say that ALL of the physicians I have come into contact with have inspired me to pursue my passion of medicine; and become the best scribe I can be."

How do you like to spend your free time?
"At work typing up more charts! (Only kidding), I love spending time with my family and friends."

TaylorGengler_Nov16SOTM.jpgtaylor gengler – Harvey, IL

Reason for Nomination
Taylor, who is the Chief Scribe at this facility, was nominated by a scribe for her amazing leadership and communication skills. "She always makes sure physicians are happy and will even work a string of overnights followed by class the next morning, which is admirable. It's such a pleasure working with her!"

What do you like best about your team? 
"The whole ER staff is simply amazing. I wouldn't change this for anything in the world. Everyone here works so well together and really gets along. It's like being part of a family."

Who inspires you?
"My team inspires me. I do everything I can for them. I appreciate how everyone works so hard. My great team makes it easy to love my job!"

YuliyaTaran_Nov16SOTM.jpgyuliya taran – orange park, fl

Reason for Nomination
One CTS stated that Yuliya is an awesome chief: "She is always willing and proactive, making sure her team and providers are happy." A fellow scribe reported that Yuliya is a true team player, helping to boost team morale while helping to maintain 100-percent shift coverage.

What is the best part of working with your team? 
"I have never worked in a place with so many bright and supportive people. Joining this team was like gaining a new family that continues to encourage my academic and intellectual growth."

Who inspires you?
"My parents. Their unconditional support has continued to drive me to work toward something I love and want to dedicate my time to."


december 2016

AmmarahTariq_Dec16SOTM.jpgammarah tariq – Houston, tx

Reason for Nomination
One very sick scribe, hit with a stomach bug, reached out to her team for coverage...and Ammarah swooped in to help. Her nominator reports that Ammarah volunteered to stay late (even though she already works full-time) and continued to check in on the ill scribe. "The fact that she helped me out even after a long work day really shows the type of kindheared person she is!"

Why did you choose to be a scribe? 
"I wanted to work in the hospital environment to see what being a physician really entails. Being a scribe has allowed me this insight much more than shadowing."

And for your career?
"I was confused about what career choice to make next. After working in the ED, I am seriously considering becoming an ER physician!"

GraceLegan_Dec16SOTM.jpggrace legan – Troy, OH

Reason for Nomination
Grace has always shown sincerity and compassion when it comes to her work. From her training shifts through today, she always strives to improve. She always steps up for the team...even filling in an open shift on Christmas eve! She is truly a dedicated scribe!

Why did you choose to become a scribe? 
"I am a pre-med student and thought that scribing would be a great way to see medicine first-hand. I have loved every second of the job! I'm certain, now, that I want to be in the medical field."

What is the best part of your job?
"I love everyone I work with! I feel like we all communicate and get along so well. My Chief Scribe has taught me so much in such a small amount of time."

JessicaKerner_Dec16SOTM.jpgjessica kerner – Denton, tx

Reason for Nomination
Jessica was nominated for her continued dedication to leading the Denton team. She works to fill holes in schedules and makes the onboarding process easy during times of transition. She is personally invested in the growth of the newest team members and inspires everyone to seek to become better at what they do in the ED.

Who inspires you? 
"Our medical director, Dr. Nguyen. He is the the hardest working person that I know. Watching his dedication to the patients, ED staff and his home life inspires me to be an even better team leader."

Do you have a hidden talent?
"I can get over 1,000 hops on a pogo stick!"

MariamHarb_Dec16SOTM.jpgmariam harb – mesa, az

Reason for Nomination
During a time of transition, Mariam took it upon herself to become a true-blue leader. She covered shifts and carried on her professional attitude and punctual practice, even when her schedule became busy. She is energetic and always willing to learn. We love your perseverance! 

What is the best part of working with your team? 
"I love coming to work and seeing all of the scribes happy to be there, interacting and doing a great job. Our scribes are truly part of the family at our facility!"

Do you have a hidden talent?
"I do! It's belly dancing!"

McKinnelSeverson_Dec16SOTM.jpgmckinnell severson – duluth, mn

Reason for Nomination
Not only does McKinnell work hard in the ED as a scribe (working overnights, no less), she has taken her efforts outside to help at five events to help recruit scribes to her facility. This tireless toil has helped bring in some stellar talent. Additionally, McKinnell has trained many scribes as a dedicated CTS. Travel, train and recruit. That's quite the scribing trifecta!

How does it feel to be selected for SOTM? 
"#Blessed" Yes!

What would be your dream vacation?
"To travel to Gansbaai, Sout Africa, and cage dive with great white sharks. Or to the San Juan Islands to kayak among the orcas."

StevePyun_Dec16SOTM.jpgsteve pyun – Teaneck, nj

Reason for Nomination
Consistently one of the most reliable scribes on his team, Steve is always looking out for his fellow scribes. He's the first to volunteer for shift coverage and goes above and beyond when the team is in a pinch. "We're so glad to have a scribe as dedicated as Steve on our team," shared his nominator.

What would you do if you didn't pursue medicine? 
"I'd most likely get my certification as a high school educator and would teach chemistry."

Why did you choose scribing?
"I've been debating physician assistant and health administration programs and thought that this would help me gain healthcare experience as I finish college."

TanyaCruz_Dec16SOTM.jpgtanya cruz – HOLLYWOOD, FL

Reason for Nomination
When the shift call-out came in at 1 AM for a 7 AM shift, Tanya stepped up to the desperate pleas for need of shift coverage. She moved her own personal schedule around at the last minute in order to help the team run smoothly. The entire day was saved!

What is the best part of working on your team? 
"Probably learning more about my fellow scribes and the paths they have taken in life or are planning to take. It's awesome to talk to others who are as passionate about medicine as me and goal-driven to become healthcare providers."

What other career would you consider?
"If I wasn't going into medicine, I would probably become an aeronautic engineer. I've always had an interest in military fighter aircraft and how they are constructed."


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