Medical Scribe Opportunity for Health Sciences Students

Application Deadline: No application deadline given

Location: Spotsylvania, VA

I am the Chief Growth Officer of BetterMed Urgent Care.  We are an Urgent Care company that utilizes Medical Scribes.  We have found that this is a great opportunity for students to get exposed to the clinical practice of Medicine who may be interested in a career in Health Care.  This is not a new phenomenon as most Emergency Departments now utilize medical scribes because of Electronic Health Records and how time consuming they can be for the providers.  This type of experience is looked upon very positively by Physicians Assistant, Nurse Practitioner and MD/DO programs.  We are currently hiring medical scribes for our newest location in Spotsylvania.  Andrea Dos Santos is our site manager and her email is included.

Thank you,

Alvaro R Zeballos, M.D., FAAEM

Medical Director Spotsylvania

Chief Growth Officer

BetterMed Urgent Care


Andrea Dos Santos <>

Benefits of being a Medical Scribe from USNews


1. You will shadow providers. Most admissions committees expect students to have had shadowing experiences before they apply to , Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner or Medical School.

2. You will learn a great deal about medicine. As a scribe, you will start to listen for the signs and symptoms that help a provider come to a diagnosis or a differential diagnosis list. Over time, you will be able to anticipate what some of these diagnoses may be.

3. You will make money while you learn and shadow. Learning is inherent in this job, so think of it as a free education. You also won’t have to beg a provider to let you tag along on patient visits; you will actually be part of the health care team.

4. You will learn a lot about teamwork. You’ll be able to observe the respect given to team members and watch them intuitively help one another. Many students have no idea what the roles of interdisciplinary providers are until they get to their third year. You will be better prepared to understand the role of a physician assistant or a nurse practitioner because you have seen them in action.

5. You will learn medical language. Over time, you will learn how to spell and pronounce the words, and what they mean. The more familiar you are with the terminology.  Humans more easily remember things through experience than simply by reading a text.

6. You will watch, hear and see how trust is developed. What I am talking about here is the dance between the patient and provider that generates caring and trust. For example, you might hear how the provider works to clearly understand what a patient said or you might see the provider comfort a patient by touching the patient’s hand.

7. You will learn about the medical record. You will learn why the patient’s chief complaint is different from the history of present illness. You will understand the importance of the social history and mental status exam. The order will be more meaningful, and you will practice it so often that you could do it in your sleep.

8. You will learn about templates, checklists and smart phrases. All of these tools are to help providers become more efficient, but clearly the tools aren’t enough because they hired you to help.

9. You’ll probably increase your typing speed and efficiency. Not only are these skills beneficial to you, but they’re important in terms of maintaining patient flow and reducing patient wait time.

10. You will get to listen to patients. This, in my opinion, is the most important reason. You will get to hear their story, their pain and their fears. You will learn to be in the moment and block out distractions, which is what all patients hope their providers will do.