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February 2017 Scribe of the Month

Posted by Jill Russell on Feb 16, 2017 2:40:08 PM
we're proud of our scribe of the month winners!

PS_SOTM16_Graphic.jpgOur scribes work tirelessly day and night serving the best doctors practicing medicine. We believe every single one of them is amazing, but every once in a while 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 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 scribes. We've pored over all of this month's nominees and are proud to announce those selected to be Scribe of the Month for February 2017 in each region that we service across the country. 



"It feels great to be recognized for the hard work and long hours that we put in helping not only the physicians, but the patients as well."

Shane Brown.jpgReason for Nomination
"Shane is the MVP of my team. Scribes and physicians love him; he has a great attitude and is a joy to work with. He is the heart of our team. Our team has never missed a shift which would not have been possible without Shane. Most recently, we had a call out an hour before a shift started. After failing to find someone, I called Shane, who had left the hospital less than 8 hours before. I woke him up and asked him to come in; he was there withing 20 minutes - he hadn't even had coffee yet!

I simply cannot say enough good things about Shane; Physicians love to work with him, not only because he is an excellent and efficient scribe, but because he is never in a bad mood. I envy his ability to let the stress of the day roll off his back and remain positive throughout even the worst shifts. Shane never complains, always has a kind word or encouragement for other scribes, and even doctors. There is absolutely no one better to work with."

Why did you choose to become a scribe?
I have a close friend who worked as a scribe the year before me and was accepted to medical school. He emphasized what a great experience it was and how much he had learned, so I decided to apply!

Who inspires you?
I am truly inspired every day by the physicians that I have the opportunity to work with and learn from. If I had to pick a role model, I would have to say Dr. Oram, who has acted as a sort of mentor in my process of getting into medical school.


Cole Fryman – Troy, OH
Thomas Candela – Suffern, NY
Deirdre McClusky – Suffern, NY
Joseph Taranto – Ann Arbor, MI
Justin Durland – Suffern, NY



"When I saw my nomination, I felt touched that the scribes I had reached out to felt that I was going over and beyond when it was really just second nature for me to do that."

Reason for Nomination:
"Christal showed sincerity and leadership in caring for our team over the weekend. She called the scribes that had to go to work in the snow and when I missed her call she called the ED to make sure I got there safely. She did her best to check on all of us knowing that the road conditions were hazardous. It was nice to have a Chief Scribe caring enough to go out of her way to ensure our safety and well-being."

Why did you choose to become a scribe?
I had applied for multiple, various lab research positions as a freshman in college and wasn't picked up for any of them - it was really disheartening. Around that time, I received an email from our pre-med advisor on campus with a flyer for scribing! It sounded very interesting, and at the time, I was set on becoming an ER physician so it was right up my alley.

What is the best part of working on your team? 
The people - everyone is so friendly and so helpful! Being from the East Tennessee area, you can see that the Volunteer spirit is more than just a sport mentality - it's a way of life around here that I see every scribe live daily.


Adriana Dinatti – Rome, GA



"It is very humbling [to be nominated for SOTM]; there are many other scribes on our team who are just as deserving."

Jesse Nelson.jpgReason for nomination:
"Jesse has been a wonderful asset to the Peoria team for over a year. Not only is Jesse consistently helpful with picking up shifts (most recently an overnight shift) and with shift switches, but he is also a truly excellent scribe. His medical knowledge and charting abilities have been recognized both by his scribe team members and by the EM physicians."

Why did you choose to become a scribe?
Once my heart was solely set on pursuing a career in medicine, I was determined to find a job where I could learn the intricacies of medicine through first-hand exposure as part of the healthcare team. Plus, a few of my friends in college were also PhysAssist scribes and spoke highly of the job. In other words, all the cool kids were doing it!

Who inspires you?
In terms of career aspirations, mainly my mother. My mom is a physician, but going into medicine was never really set in stone for me. Once I was in college and pursuing different career paths, I was really able to understand the difference she makes and grasp the importance of medicine. She has motivated me to continue on my journey to become a caring, compassionate physician.


Miranda Valleroy – St Louis, MO
Max Wrobbel – Milwaukee, WI
Evan Macy – Festus, MO
Diane Eapen – St Louis, MO
Ashley Cantrell – Farmington, MO
Taylor Bryan – St Joseph, MO
Annikka Saari – Duluth, MN
Jillian Marron – Harvey, IL
Jacob Bast – Festus, MO
Katie Ditmanson – Bemidji, MN
Beth Simons – Bemidji, MN
Meghan Culver – St Joseph, MO
Michael Ahrens – St Joseph, MO
Komail Koko Khani – St Joseph, MO
Avery Franzen – Bemidji, MN



"It is a great honor to be selected Scribe of the Month. I never realized how much of an impact I really made."

Texas Group - Yu Jin Lee-page-001.jpgReason for Nomination:
"I'm nominating this scribe for being so dedicated to his team that when a family emergency occurred he filled an overnight shift despite having worked the early morning shift as no one responded to fill the spot. All of the physicians at our hospital hold him in high esteem and note how effective he is in fulfilling his role as a scribe on our team. He is passionate about continuing to learn on the job and helping in the instruction of the newer scribes despite not being in a trainer role. This scribe is a genuinely caring person as well. He will often stay late to see if he can get the person that is working on the shift after him any snacks or go out on a food run. He is a very valuable asset to the team and lightens the mood when he is working."

Why did you choose to become a scribe?
Like most individuals who applied to be a scribe, I wanted an opportunity to learn about medicine and how it is applied to everyday life. I was always passionate about medicine and this job really was an eye opener.

What is the best part of working on your team?
It is really hard to single ou the best part of this team. I have been here about 2 years and this has been one of the best teams I have ever worked with.


Catherine Gardner – Houston, TX
Alyssa Johnson – Houston, TX
Ciaura Brown – Katy, TX
Catherine Pulicken – Houston, TX
Joshua Johnson – Denton, TX
Meridith Calkins – Dallas, TX
Gage Hull – Oklahoma City, OK



"It definitely came as a surprise [to be nominated for SOTM]. It feels good to know that people have seen how much work, energy, and dedication I have put towards our team."

Brittney Dunning-Southeast group.jpgReason for Nomination: 
"Brittney has been very helpful to her team by providing coverage for open shifts, after two additional shifts were added to the month last minute. She has gone above and beyond by assisting with coverage by double scribing and simultaneously providing training to an incoming trainee. If Brittney is not available to cover a full shift she provides her Chief Scribe with any availability she has to help with partial coverage. She has been a great help to the team and always has a positive attitude."

Why did you choose to become a scribe?
I wanted to be a scribe because I knew that I wanted to go into medicine early on, and being a scribe would give me that real life exposure that I was seeking and help me to build relationships with other like-minded individuals, as well as build meaningful relationships with the physicians, PA's, and nurses.

What is the best part of working on your team?
The relationships I have made thus far. The physicians that I work with have made such a huge impact on my life to where I can honestly say that they are the reason why I come into work. I truly enjoy being able to work alongside them, have meaningful conversation, as well as learn all about their experiences and knowledge. Also, the friendships with fellow scribes that I have made during my time as a scribe. Some of my closest friends were made through scribing, and I know that these will be lasting friendships!


Amanda Stooks – Plant City, FL
Adriana Dinatti – Rome, GA



"[Being nominated for SOTM] makes me feel a little more confident and motivated about my future aspirations. I had a very difficult start and to be recognized for my efforts on getting where I am today, is just a great feeling."

Dylan Sidiaren-Bacud West Group Pic.jpgReason for Nomination: 
Per one of our team's physicians, "He has been a scribe for about a year and when he started he wanted to quit because he stayed afterwards on a few shifts and did not feel like he was 'cut out for this job.' Now I believe he is one of the best scribes we have. He is pleasant, pays attention to details, and his charts are very good and complete. He really strives to be a better scribe each day. I think he deserves recognition for his hard work, dedication, and for being a team player."

Why did you choose to become a scribe?
I earned my Bachelor's in Biology in the spring of 2015 and was not ready to go to medical school just yet. My high school friend told me about what he does as a scribe, the many things a scribe is exposed to in the ER and the firsthand experience of working directly with a physician. I honestly could not think of a better way to gain such insight early on in the healthcare industry.

Who inspires you?
My mother and grandmother would have to be my main inspirations. They primarily raised my siblings and me on their own and taught us to be the caring and hard-working individuals we are today. My mother had us at a very young age and was not able to pursue or do many of the things that she inteded. I look forward to giving back everything she has given us.


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