Pediatrics Certified Scribe

Pediatrics is the branch of medicine involving the medical and procedural care of infants, children, and adolescents, with an age limit that usually ranges from birth to 18 years of age. A medical practitioner who specializes in this area is known as a pediatrician. The word “paediatrics” and its cognates mean “healer of children.” Pediatricians work both in hospitals, particularly those working in its specialized subfields such as neonatology, and in the ambulatory care setting. A pediatrician is the pediatric counterpart of the adult internist. Pediatric subspecialties include almost all of the same divisions as in the adult internal medicine specialties group. A major difference between pediatrics and adult medicine is that children are minors and usually cannot make decisions for themselves. The issues of guardianship, privacy, legal responsibility and informed consent are of uniquely paramount importance in the world of pediatric medicine. In a sense, pediatricians often have to treat the parents and sometimes, the family, rather than just the child. Qualified pediatric providers include:

  • Pediatric: A physician with the highest level of training specializing in the medical aspects of pediatric care and trained to investigate, or diagnose and treat disorders in this population. They are the front-line healthcare providers for this age group.
  • Pediatric surgery: The corresponding surgical specialty for pediatrics. A physician with the highest level of training specializing in the surgical aspects of pediatric medicine.
  • Other Primary care physicians: Are also front-line healthcare providers that are trained to deal with common, and certain complex, problems in the field of pediatrics, as well as a strong focus on preventative care.
    1. Family Practice
    2. Nurse Practitioner
    3. Physician Assistant
  • Pediatric Nurse practitioner or Physician Assistant

Depending on the nature of the health condition, patients may then be referred for secondary or tertiary care.

Pediatric Scribes can be instrumental in the function of that physician’s office.  They become a vital part of a healthcare provide team and can provide the following functions:

  1. Administrative (As directed by the Supervising Physician):
  1. Using computer applications and electronic medical records (EMR)
  2. Handling correspondence with patients and other healthcare providers
  3. Answering telephones, scheduling appointments, and greeting patients
  4. Scribing, updating and filing patient medical records
  5. Assisting with coding and payer-insurance forms
  6. Helping the staff arrange for hospital admissions and transfers
  7. Helping the staff arranging radiologic and laboratory services
  1. Clinical (As directed by the Supervising Physician):
  1. Scribe medical histories, physical examinations, and test results into EMR
  2. Preparing patients for examination
  3. Assisting the physician during exams, as directed
  4. Reinforcing physician instructions about medication, nutrition, and lifestyle changes
  5. Authorizing prescription refills as directed by the physician

In addition, pediatric scribes can be important in helping patients feel at ease in the physician’s office and often explain certain care instructions, under the supervision of a physician or other healthcare provider.  Pediatric scribes are essential members of a patient-centered medical team.

Pediatric Study Guide and Exam cover the following basic topics:

  1. Basic anatomy and function of the human body in the pediatric age groups
  2. Basic diagnosis and treatment of important organ systems in pediatric patients:
    1. Heart and Cardiovascular
    2. Lungs
    3. Gastrointestinal
    4. Kidney and Urinary
    5. Central Nervous System
  3. Radiologic studies
  4. Differential diagnosis
  5. Important medications
  6. Disease prevention
    1. Family care
    2. Immunization
    3. Child Abuse

Becoming a certified scribe, apprentice, or specialist is easy, and the steps are clearly outlined below.

  1. Steps toward becoming a Certified Scribe:
    1. Become a Member
      1. Benefit of 3 attempts to successfully pass MSCAT and discounts on all purchases.
    2. Purchase MSCAT Certification
      1. Recommended Resources: MSCAT Study/Training Manual and HIPAA for Scribes
    3. Proceed to checkout.
    4. Upon emailed receipt of order, “Sign In” to account (i.e., use email and password created to login)
    5. Click “Certification Assessments” tab
  1. To Become a Certified Medical Scribe Apprentice (CMSA):
    1. E-Sign “2-step” affidavit if you have NOT met 200 clinical hours
    2. Upon receipt of ACMSS email (i.e., 1-4 hours), proceed to MSCAT Certification
      1. Successful pass will enable CMSA credential.
    3. At any time, once 200 clinical hours are met, visit My Account tab.
    4. Sign CMSS Affidavit, then Print CMSS Certificate.
  1. To Become a Certified Medical Scribe Specialist (CMSS):
    1. E-Sign “1-step” affidavit if you HAVE met 200 clinical hours
    2. Upon receipt of ACMSS email (i.e., 1-4 hours), proceed to MSCAT Certification
      1. Successful pass will enable CMSS credential
    3. Print CMSS Certificate