Course Code 10575NAT
A Medical Scribe is a trained and qualified medical information manager who specialises in scribing doctor-patient encounters in real time during a medical consultation.
A Medical Scribe is a revolutionary concept in modern medicine. Traditionally, a doctor’s job has been to focus exclusively on direct patient contact and care. However, the advent of the Electronic Medical Record (EHR) has created an overload of documentation, clerical and administrative responsibilities that inhibits the doctor’s ability to work efficiently and remain solely focused on best patient care and outcomes.
The role of a Medical Scribe is to provide the doctor or specialist with an affordable, efficient solution that removes the burden of administration and documentation and allows them to focus on clinical medicine.
The Course in Medical Scribing supports the needs of students by providing evidence based and nationally accredited training to people working in the capacity as a Medical Scribe within the emergency environment, supporting improved patient outcomes and promoting safe best practice.
The course addresses the need for people entering the field to be highly trained in a range of specialist areas of practice to maximise vocational capacity in the field of Medical Scribing.
Successful completion of the program provides students with a Nationally Recognised Statement of Attainment for the Course in Medical Scribing and industry recognition via membership to the Australasian College of Medical Scribes (ACOMS).
This course is intended to provide students with a range of knowledge and skills to perform the following functions associated with medical scribing:
- Perform real time charting
- Document complex medical information
- Maintain and update medical records
- Record consultations with healthcare professionals, patients and family members
- Follow-up pathology, radiology results and other relevant patient information to assist the healthcare provider
- Document procedures and medications given
- Liaise with other medical professionals
- Look up records from prior health care consultations or admissions
- Record provider-dictated diagnoses and prescriptions
- Prepare plans for discharge and/or follow-up care
- Document admission and treatment plan
- Access relevant paperwork – consent forms, pathology and radiology order forms, discharge instructions.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How much does the course cost?
The Course in Medical Scribing costs $1195.00 per student.
What is Continuing Professional Development (CPD)?
Continuing professional development is the means by which members of the clinical profession maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge, expertise and competence, and develop the personal and professional qualities required throughout their professional lives.
The CPD cycle involves reviewing practice, identifying learning needs, planning and participating in relevant learning activities, and reflecting on the value of those activities.
How many CPD hours/points will I achieve for completing this Program?
25 CPD Hours.
For Registered and Enrolled Nurses and Midwives, our recommendation, based on previous student experience for this course is approximately 25 CPD Hours.
For all other health professionals completing this program, your continuing professional development (CPD) requirements may vary and it is important to remember that it is your responsibility to maintain and register CPD with your professional body. In many instances, your regulatory authority will recognise hours of learning as stated above.
What do I receive at the end of the course
On successful completion of the Course in Medical Scribing students will receive a Statement of
Attainment for the Course in Medical Scribing, accredited course code 10575NAT.
How do I become an Endorsed Scribe?
Successful completion of the Course in Medical Scribing provides students with a 12 month Professional Membership to the Australasian College of Medical Scribes (ACOMS).
ACOMS provides industry recognised endorsement for Medical Scribes in Australia.
Why do I have to pay an application fee?
The application fee covers the cost of the Australian Standard Type Test that students are required to take prior to the commencement of the program.
Why am I required to complete a typing test?
Medical Scribes are employed to provide an efficient administrative support role for Emergency and other specialist Physicians. Part of the scribing role requires students to be able to type electronic medical records (EMR) with a sufficient level of speed and accuracy to support the dynamic emergency environment.
What happens if I do not meet the minimum requirements of the typing test?
If you are unable to achieve the required result in your online typing assessment, you may contact The Benchmarque Group to discuss the option of a second assessment.
The Benchmarque Group reserves the right to prevent students from undertaking the program if they are unable to adequately demonstrate the minimum entry requirements,
What do I need to bring to the course?
Students are encouraged to bring any suitable electronic equipment to assist in the completion of the course including laptop computers or tablets. Scribing scenarios and the final assessment activity can be completed in the classroom using this equipment. However, students can choose to handwrite the activities. In the unlikely event that you experience issues with your electronic equipment during the workshop, students will need to complete handwritten assessments.
The Course in Medical Scribing supports the needs of students by providing evidence based and nationally accredited training to people working in the capacity as a Medical Scribe within the emergency environment, supporting improved patient outcomes and promoting safe best practice. The course addresses the need for people entering the field to be highly trained in a range of specialist areas of practice to maximise vocational capacity in the field of Medical Scribing.
The outcome for successful participants is to provide medical professionals an efficient solution that removes the burden of physical documentation and allows them to focus on clinical medicine. The Med Scribe would have the ability to:
• Perform real time charting
• Document complex medical information
• Maintain and update medical records
• Record consultations with healthcare professionals, patients and family members
• Follow-up pathology and radiology results and other relevant patient information to assist the healthcare provider
• Document procedures and medications given
• Liaise with other medical professionals
• Look up records from prior health care consultations or admissions
• Record provider-dictated diagnoses and prescriptions
• Prepare plans for discharge and/or follow-up care
• Document admission and treatment plan
• Access relevant paperwork – consent forms, pathology and radiology order forms, discharge instructions. Provide doctors with personal assistants to alleviate the timely burden of documentation and clerical duties
Provide a solution to increase productivity and efficiency
Facilitate higher doctor and patient satisfaction.
Units of Competency
• HLTAN510C Use advanced health terminology in a professional context
• HLTAP301B Recognise healthy body systems
• BSBMED303B Maintain patient records
• BSBMED305B Apply the principles of confidentiality, privacy and security within the medical environment
Evidence of typing skills at or above 60 words per minute
The Benchmarque Group will supply all required textbooks and resources to you once your registration has been finalised. Some online assessment activities and reading is required prior to attending the workshop.
• One (1) day face to face workshop
• In-class activities assessed by facilitator
• Mandatory third party observed workplace activity
• Online assessment completed via BenchmarqueIQ completed prior to workshop.
• Online typing skills assessment completed prior to workshop.
Estimated hours of study
25 hours of active learning
Prior to commencing the Course in Medical Scribing you must:
Complete the online typing test and achieve a result of 52 words per minute or higher with an accuracy 90% or higher.
To successfully complete the Course in Medical Scribing you must:
Complete all of the required program reading
Successfully complete all online assessment quizzes
Successfully complete all written assessment activities
Attend the one (1) day workshop
Successfully complete the final scribing assessment activity.
What to expect
The study day involves lecture and skills based activities involving practical application of scribing skills learnt, these skills are built upon during the face to face session and culminate in a complex scribing scenario assessment activity, morning/afternoon tea and lunch are provided.
Students are provided with all of the necessary resources including website access, online assessment login, required reading resources and textbooks to complete the Course in Medical Scribing.
What to bring
A laptop or tablet device are essential, pens of at least 2 different colours and note pad.
As a general guide, one hour of active learning equates to one hour of CPD. It is the responsibility of the individual student to calculate how many hours of active learning have been completed. The hours of active learning estimated above should act as a guide to CPD hours.
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