Emergency Care Consultants (ECC) is the group of emergency physicians who provide exclusive coverage for the Emergency Department at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN, Regina Hospital in Hastings, MN, and United Hospital in St. Paul, MN. ECC Scribes work in the emergency departments at both Abbott Northwestern Hospital and United Hospital, as well as several other hospitals and clinics throughout the Twin Cities.
Our scribe program is currently comprised of more than 120 part-time and full-time scribes. All plan to attend medical school, PA school or pursue nursing/NP training in the near future and are looking for a way to work in an environment that will give them maximum exposure to the world of medicine. As physicians (and people who remember the effort and commitment that it takes to gain admission to medical school) we feel that our scribe program offers a unique opportunity to gain invaluable medical experience.
As a scribe, you will be exposed first-hand to all aspects of emergency medicine, and you will play a vital role in the management of our patients. Virtually all of your time here is spent working one-on-one with our physicians, entering every exam room with the doctor, involvement in behind the scenes activities, and learning a lot of medicine along the way.
Christopher Obetz, MD, FACEP
Our prior scribes have attended Medical/PA Schools at:
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
Boston University School of Medicine
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Creighton University, School of Medicine
Des Moines University
George Washington School of Medicine
Jefferson College of Health Sciences, PA Program
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Mayo Medical School
Medical College of Wisconsin
Meharry Medical College
New York Institute of Technology, College of Osteopathic Medicine
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Rosalind Franklin Univeristy
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
St. Catherine University, PA Program
Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University
University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson
University of Cambridge/Medical University of South Carolina
Univeristy of Iowa
University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth
University of Minnesota Medical School, Twin Cities
University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
University of Kentuky, Lexington
University of Wisconsin
Washington University School of Medicine
Wayne State University
Western University School of Health Sciences
Words From Scribes:
Working as a scribe in both the emergency department and hospitalist setting has offered unparalleled exposure to medicine. My interviewers were very interested in my experience as a medical scribe and this carried the bulk of my conversations. It is without a doubt, that working with ECC has helped me find a comfortable spot this application cycle.
Jonny D., scribe '14 - current
My work as a scribe has made me feel more confident in my ability to be a successful physician in a variety of ways. On top of becoming more comfortable with medical terminology, imaging and lab results, and the general flow of a healthcare workplace, I found my experience with the physicians themselves to be the most valuable. Working alongside them, I was able to see how they each approached situations in their own unique (and with differing efficacies) way, especially how they dealt with making patients more comfortable. As a future physician, I am hopeful that my own bedside manner will be as effective as some of the fantastic physicians in the ECC group. Their poise and empathy was powerful to see everyday, and it is something I will remember for my entire medical career.
Andrew W., scribe '13-15
My time spent as an Emergency Room Scribe with Emergency Care Consultants was truly rewarding! For anyone aspiring to enter the medical field, this job not only gives you a wealth of experience, but also gives you a leg up when entering your clinical rotations in medical school. I'm not going to lie, the initial training to be a scribe was challenging and the learning curve was steep, but this should not come as much of a surprise to someone pursuing a career in medicine (especially in the ER!). Once I got a hang of the fast-paced life of the ER, the true benefits of being a scribe really shined. I worked side-by-side with physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners and saw on average about 15 patients per day. By witnessing numerous patient-encounters throughout my experience with ECC, I gained extensive knowledge in medical terminology, writing patient histories, understanding laboratory/radiology results, and recording physical exams. Another really spoecial part of this job is that the providers you work with understand that you are pursuing a career in medicine, and they are always willing to teach you and help you understand the various aspects of medicine.
I started working as a scribe in August 2010, took the MCAT in September 2011, and started applying to medical school in June 2012. I was offered interviews at 4 different medical schools and at each interview they were very intrigued by my career as an Emergency Room Scribe. At one interview they had us see 2 mock patients to see how we would handle various patient-encounters (no background in medicine was necessary). I felt like this part of the interview was easy and fun since I had seen so many patient interviews during my time as a scribe. When the Dean of Admissions from the school called me telling me I was accepted, he not only said I scored the highest in the mock patient interviews, but when viewing the video tapes he said I looked like a resident!
I was eventually accepted to one of my top choices for medical school and could not be happier! Being an Emergency Room Scribe was a huge factor towards my success in getting into medical school, and I cannot thank enough the amazing providers I have worked with for being wonderful mentors and role models. If a career in medicine is a future goal of yours, I cannot think of a better job than an ER Srcibe with Emergency Care Consultants!
UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, scribe '10-13
When I started as a Scribe at Abbott Northwestern Hospital I really didn't know much about medicine or how it was delivered. The learning curve was steep, but the docs were friendly and helped me to get up to speed in the medical language and note-writing quickly. In my two years (part time) I had a few thousand patient encounters in which I was witness to medical care being delivered from the ambulance unloading to admission upstairs; that's more than most first year residents have experienced! Some of the doctors would even quiz me about how to manage certain patients----just be careful not to embarrass any medical students rotating through the ER!
This is a very unique experience that makes you stand out as a medical school applicant, and also provides the opportunity for some great letters of recommendation. I have found learning in medical school to be easier than lots of my friends simply because I can correlate school lessons with so many patients that I have seen in the real world. Because I saw care delivered from 20+ different providers, I was able to model my personal method of patient interviewing from the best aspects of each of these mentors. Overall, this is hands down the best preparation anyone can have for medical school. AND YOU GET PAID!
University of Minnesota Medical School Class of 2012
ANW Scribe '06-'08
Being a scribe is an absolutely INVALUABLE opportunity to actively learn the art of medicine. The exposure to such a broad array of medicine as an undergrad is unparallelled. Not only are we bedside for the history, physical exam, radiography readings, lab orders, and many procedures, but we learn how to formally document the information, and the physicians are fantastic teachers.
In the 12 months that I was a scribe, I learned so much, and I still can't believe that I was getting paid for the experience! Forget anything about making the resume or application look good, the knowledge, exposure, and networking alone are enough to do this full time - as a volunteer! After the first few months of medical school, it's clear that being a scribe has given me an advantage in regards to the medical language, comfort with patient interaction, understanding the relationships and communication among physicians and between physicians and other health professionals, and some of the behind-the-scenes business that is necessary for operating a medical practice. I would advise anyone interested to jump at the opportunity and not to think twice.
-Erik S., medical student, scribe '06-'07
I am sitting here with my nose buried in a book, learning another pathway replete with words that could give a scrabble player a buzz, and I had to give pause and ask myself the question: was the scribin’ worth it? My answer – you bet it was! You know why? It gives context to everything I have been learning in school.
Each day when you saddle up that cow and stride into the ANW pasture you are going to see and hear things that you will see again. That elevated white count, percent bands, troponin level, cardiac silhouette, patient note, psych presentation and insulin administration record – each and every one will come back to you again (in the form of a test question). Never fear though because you have seen it all before.
On more than one occasion during lecture I have thought about how lucky I am to have been involved in the scribe program. When the speaker up front is talking about central lines, lab values and a detailed patient history, I can focus on the details of the lecture and not sit there trying to generate my own framework for what is being discussed. You guys are in a truly great position to get a look at the lifestyle of a physician and a free head-start on your med school experience!
-Winston W., medical student, scribe '06-'07