Scribing is a paid opportunity, and we offer full-time and part-time positions. Full-time scribes receive comprehensive health and dental benefits. Additionally, scribes are eligible to receive letters of recommendation for graduate school.

Comprehensive Training

After orientation, VEMA scribes complete a thorough training Program that covers everything from the EMR system and ED flow to anatomy and medical terminology. Scribes then begin working in the emergency department, first shadowing the Head scribe and later working directly alongside board-certified emergency physicians during every shift. As a VEMA scribe, you can be sure that our physicians will take the time to make sure you know what your responsibilitieswill be. Before you begin scribing, we’ll ensure that you have a strong understanding of the clinical aspects of the job as well.

Practical Experience

Scribing is an excellent way for you to explore and reinforce your commitment to healthcare. In fact, many physician assistant Programs require clinical hours as a prerequisite for application. (Applicants should check with individual programs for up-to-date requirements). As a scribe, you’ll learn valuable information about the healthcare field and work in a dynamic environment that is constantly changing. You’ll be more confident and knowledgeable as a student, and the skills you’ll acquire will benefit you throughout your career.

Fundamental Knowledge

Through this enriching work opportunity, scribes receive an inside look at the healthcare industry. Your physician mentors will explain to you why they’re working up patients in a certain way and why they’re ordering specific tests. You’ll work alongside a talented team of providers, and you’ll have the rare opportunity to witness countless patient/physician interactions. Additionally, VEMA physicians come from diverse professional backgrounds, and the VEMA Scribe Program allows you to learn more about the various paths available when getting into medicine.

A More Competitive Application

Whether your next step is medical school, a paramedics program, or PA or nursing school, your work as a scribe will enhance your application considerably. You’ll have real-world experience to call upon during your interviews and practical skills you can highlight during the admissions process. Admissions committees will see you as more than a GPA and test scores. Your experience will truly set you apart from other applicants.

My work with the VEMA Scribe Program made interviewing a breeze. I had so much great patient care experience and more knowledge than I even realized. The VEMA Scribe Program prepared me well for PA school and my career as a physician assistant. It’s not only the foundation of medical knowledge you will collect before heading to school, but you will also leave with lifelong friends and mentors. I kept in touch with many of the doctors I met during my time as a VEMA scribe and here I am, six years later, working as a PA for one of the best emergency medicine groups I know.

Tara Elkins, Physician Assistant, VEMA
VEMA scribe Class of 2010

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Hear From Past Scribes

“Working for the VEMA scribe Program opened so many doors for me to make my career aspirations a reality. With the VEMA Scribe Program you are truly a huge asset to the emergency department team. VEMA is a close knit family. You get to know each individual physician you work with on a first-name basis and they make it a point to get to know you as well. You are at the bedside with the patient and physician every step of the way, helping them to provide top-of-the-line patient care. You are present for exciting procedures and watch as lives are saved. Our docs go out of their way to make sure the scribes get everything they can out of the program. You will often find doctors in the middle of a shift teaching a group of scribes how to read an EKG or a CT scan. The physicians are always receptive to questions and genuinely want to ensure each scribe is learning along the way.”

Tara Elkins, Physician Assistant, VEMA
VEMA Scribe Class of 2010