I recently interviewed one of our current Scribes from the Fort Worth South Team, Jacob Mitchell, about his experience as a PhysAssist Scribe.
He is a Kinesiology major in is his junior year at The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). Jacob currently serves as the Nursing/Health Innovation Senator for UTA's Student Congress. He's been a PhysAssist Scribe for four months and works in the Southwest, Cleburne, Willow Park, and Burleson facilities. He is planing to attend medical school after graduation.
Q What made you want to become a PhysAssist Scribe?
A I know someone who used to be a scribe for Phys and another person who used to work in the corporate office. Both of them highly recommended that I look into scribing, since I plan on going to medical school after undergrad. I was unsure about scribing, but decided to apply at PhysAssist based on the experiences they shared with me. I really wanted to work for a company that taught me more than just how to be a scribe.
Q What did you enjoy most as a scribe?
A The people. Everyone I encounter is very welcoming. Whether it's a fellow scribe, a corporate employee, a nurse, or a physician I'm paired with, everyone has a great attitude. We are all here for essentially the same reason -- to serve our providers and their patients. This job has truly given me the motivation and desire to pursue healthcare as my professional career. Without my Phys peers and the other people I've been able to work with, I don't think I would feel so strongly about my path.
Q Do you think this experience has adequately prepared you for future career endeavors?
A Absolutely! I definitely think scribing for Phys has and will continue to prepare me for my future career. Whether it's gaining clinical experience, working under pressure, or making connections with fellow scribes or physicians, everything I've been exposed to has given me some benefit for the future. One of the physicians even sat me down to really dig deep into my "why" for healthcare and gave me some of the best advice I've ever received about reaching my goals. These experiences are priceless and extremely meaningful to me. I really admire these physicians so it's very comforting to have them remind me that they were once in my position. Connections and relationships like this really drive home the benefits I'm receiving from my position as a PhysAssist scribe.
Q What's the most challenging part of working as a scribe?
A I'd say balancing school and keeping up with everything in the ED can be really challenging. I've had shifts where I thought I was going to have an anxiety attack due to the amount of stress I was feeling. The ED can be extremely hectic at times. However, these challenging moments are the ones that have allowed me to grow the most, both individually and professionally.
Q What advice would you give to scribes who are just starting in the ED?
A To stay calm. It's not always easy to keep a calm demeanor when you're stressed or dealing with a critical patient, but it's absolutely necessary in the hospital. Being a scribe really teaches you how to cope with anxiety or stress during serious situations by focusing on the task in front of you. At the end of the day, we're all working to deliver the best possible care for each patient who walks into our ED.
Are you a former PhysAssist Scribe? We'd love to hear where you are now and how scribing helped pave your path into medicine. Share your story in the comments below!