Growing up, I always knew that I wanted to work in the medical field. However, I didn’t have a clear idea of what career I wanted to pursue since the medical field offered so many different opportunities. The only job I knew about was nursing because I have multiple relatives who are nurses. Nursing is a great career path, but I didn’t think it was for me. I spent my undergraduate years trying different things to figure out what I liked and didn’t like. I had opportunities ranging from a physical therapy internship to doing lab research. I ultimately decided that I wanted to have a medical provider role.
After I decided that I wanted to become a medical provider, I thought about my path. Did I want to become a physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner? Each career has its similarities and differences, but I decided to work after college graduation to gain experience in the medical field and see which career path would best fit my career and personal goals. Why not choose a job where you get to work closely with a provider? Thus, I decided to become a medical scribe!
Being a medical scribe has been an invaluable experience that has offered me a firsthand look at the medical field. Some people will scribe for about 1-2 years before moving on to other careers or getting into graduate school. However, if you end up taking a longer gap year than you planned for, it is totally okay!
Whether you are a newly hired scribe or a lead scribe, my best advice is to enjoy your journey! I have been a scribe for almost five years, and I am amazed by how quickly time flies! To be honest, I initially was not happy about taking a longer gap year. When I started my career as a scribe, I always felt this need to rush. Initially, my goal was to get into graduate school as soon as possible. Although this is ideal for most people, I later realized that you should only apply to graduate school when you are ready.
Over the past five years, I have developed professional relationships with multiple medical providers. Some of them also became my mentors. I am entirely grateful for their mentorship. I highly encourage scribes to ask their providers questions and inquire about their path to medicine. I was amazed by the different routes everyone took.
If possible, I also encourage scribes to work with different providers (MD, DO, PA and NP). I had the opportunity to work with all types of medical providers over the years and it is an experience that I am grateful for because it is what helped me decide to apply to PA school. It is amazing to see how far I’ve come over the years. I will be attending PA school this year, and I am looking forward to moving on to the next chapter of my life. I believe a big part of my success in getting a PA school acceptance was because of the skills and knowledge I have learned as a scribe over the years. So again, enjoy your journey as a scribe because everyone has their own timeline.