PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:The UNC Emergency Medicine Scribe program was founded in late 2012 by emergency medicine providers at UNC as an effort to reduce documentation time and increase time spent on patient contact. Scribes are motivated undergraduates or recent graduates trained on medical documentation and ED flow to assist providers with efficiency. Scribes generally accompany one provider per shift to complete their charts and help department flow. The UNC EM program prides itself on being a home-grown program with a successful training program and excellent reputation.MINIMUM COMMITMENT:18 monthsTIME COMMITMENT EXPECTATIONS:Minimum 20 hours per week/40 hours per work week (shifts vary from 5-10 hours) for a period of at least 18 months as well as required attendance to scribe meetings held once per month. Meetings are generally 1 hour in length. Scribes are expected to work at least 2 overnight shifts per month and are also required to be scheduled for at least one on-call shift per month. Scribes may have to work holidays. Scribes submit availability each month for which days/times they are unavailable.TRAINING DESCRIPTION:During the training period, scribes will be required to read the scribe manual, memorize ~400 medical terms and abbreviations, and will be tested on their understanding of medical terms and documentation procedures. Classroom training will consist of 6, 2-3 hour sessions of training that will be scheduled weekly based on availability. After passing a classroom training final examination, successful scribes will move on to spend about 1.5-2 months shadowing experienced scribes in all areas of the emergency department (20 shifts before going solo). After this shadowing period, scribes will begin working independently.
Demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work. Some positions may require registration as a Nurse Aide by the North Carolina Board of Nursing or certification through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA.)
American Recovery & Reinvestment Act Funded: