The Potential Impact of Scribes on Medical School Applicants and Medical Students with the New Clinical Documentation Guidelines.
J Gen Intern Med. 2018 Jul 31;:
Authors: DeWitt D, Harrison LE
The presence of scribes in various specialties, including internal medicine, is being heralded as a way to decrease clinician documentation time and burnout. Many medical school applicants become scribes to understand life as a doctor and gain clinical experience. Scribing is already perceived by some as a new key to successfully gaining entrance to medical school. One season of our admissions data showed that scribes were more likely to be admitted (OR = 1.61). Scribes may also inadvertently make it harder for medical schools to secure clinical placements for medical students. While trained scribes are highly valued by providers struggling to deal with increasing documentation burdens, supervising or training scribes also requires time that cannot be devoted to teaching. Medical documentation duties could provide valuable learning experiences for medical students. The recent ruling allowing medical students to contribute directly to clinical documentation without requiring redocumentation by supervisors gives medical schools and clinician-educators an opportunity to consider the unintended consequences of the scribe movement for medical education. Educators should consider when and how students can maximize the educational benefits of participating in patient documentation despite the templated methods commonly used in electronic health record (EHR) systems.
PMID: 30066114 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]