Emergency Medicine: Certified Medical Scribe Specialists

Emergency medicine is a medical specialty involving care for patients who have sudden acute illnesses or injuries that require immediate medical attention. These physicians can diagnose a variety of illnesses and undertake acute interventions to resuscitate and stabilize adult and pediatric patients. Emergency medicine physicians generally practice in hospital emergency departments, pre-hospital settings via emergency medical services, and other locations where initial medical treatment of illness takes place. Emergency practitioners aim to diagnose emergent conditions and stabilize the patient for definitive care.  Emergency medicine physicians are also involved in disaster medicine and acute trauma. Physicians specializing in emergency medicine can enter fellowships to receive credentials in many subspecialties branching off of emergency medicine. These include palliative care, critical-care medicine, medical toxicology, wilderness medicine, pediatric emergency medicine, sports medicine, disaster medicine, tactical medicine, ultrasound, pain medicine, and emergency medical services. Qualified providers of emergency medicine include:

  1. Emergency Medicine Physicians: These are physicians have the highest level of training in dealing with acute, sudden medical problems in adults and children.
  2. In certain suburban and rural settings, the following specialties also practice emergency medicine while staff emergency rooms due to specialty physician shortages:
  3. Hospitalists practice in the medical care of acutely ill hospitalized patients.  The scope of hospital medicine includes acute patient care, teaching, research, and executive leadership related to the delivery of hospital-based care. Hospital medicine is a specialty organized around a site of care (the hospital), rather than an organ (like cardiology).
  4. Family Practice
  5. Internal Medicine
  6. Nurse Practitioner
  7. Physician Assistant
  8. EMT (Emergency Medical Technician): EMTs are trained to respond quickly to emergency situations regarding medical issues, traumatic injuries and accident scenes. They are most commonly found working in ambulances; are often employed by ambulance services, governments, hospitals, fire departments, and police departments.  EMTs are typically supervised by a medical director who is a physician.

Depending on the nature of the health condition, patients may then be referred for secondary or tertiary care.

Emergency Medicine Scribe Specialists are instrumental in the function of the Emergency Room or Urgent Care setting.  They become a vital part of a healthcare provide team and can provide the following functions: 

  • Administrative (As directed by the Supervising Physician): 
      1. Using computer applications and electronic medical records (EMR)
      2. Handling correspondence with patients and other healthcare providers
      3. Answering telephones, scheduling appointments, and greeting patients
      4. Scribing, updating and filing patient medical records
      5. Assisting with coding and payer-insurance forms
      6. Helping the staff arrange for hospital admissions and transfers
      7. Helping the staff arranging radiologic and laboratory services
  • Clinical (As directed by the Supervising Physician):
      1. Scribe medical histories, physical examinations, and test results into EMR
      2. Preparing patients for examination
      3. Assisting the physician during exams, as directed
      4. Reinforcing physician instructions about medication, nutrition, and lifestyle changes
      5. Authorizing prescription refills as directed by the physician

In addition, Emergency Medical Scribe Specialists can be important in helping patients feel at ease in the hospital emergency room and often explain certain care instructions, under the supervision of a physician or other healthcare provider.  These scribes are essential members of a patient-centered medical team.

Emergency Medicine Study Guide and Exam cover the following basic topics: 

              1. Basic diagnosis and treatment of important acute medical problems of different organ systems:
                • Heart and Cardiovascular
                • Lungs
                • Gastrointestinal
                • Kidney and Urinary
                • Central Nervous System
              2. Radiologic studies used by the Emergency Room
              3. Differential diagnosis common emergent conditions
              4. Medication counsel
              5. Preventative Wellness

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