I was (well, am until this Sunday) an ER medical scribe. I am essentially the doctor’s shadow and follow one doctor around all shift (a random ER doc each shift depending on what time it is) and take their notes for every patient they see (on the history of present illness, review of systems, physical exam, medical decision making, procedure notes, radiology interpretations, etc etc) and also translate Spanish/English as needed. I juggle however many patients we have in the department under the doctor’s care (usually like 10–15 at a time) and track their progress through the ER (are their labs back? Is their family at bedside now? Why haven’t they been medicated? Etc) and update the doctor as needed. I personally like keeping an eye out for patients that sometimes fall in between the cracks, like the non-English speaking or the uninsured, and making sure everything is going smoothly for those patients and we’re not missing something (like those parents I mentioned who had like no idea what was going on with their sick kid because everything was in medical English. That’s unacceptable to me but anyway I digress). I go to each patient encounter, from the sprained ankles to the coughs to the strokes and heart attacks and gunshot wounds. Essentially I do the nonclinical aspect of the doctor’s job so he can focus on the whole “being a doctor” thing. It’s a great job for pre medical students and they know this so they get away with paying minimum wage to the desperate pre meds hahaha *throws back tequila shot*

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