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I was a scribe through PhysAssist and it was an awesome experience. I got to work with a different doc every shift, see patients alongside them, and watch tons of procedures. Many of the docs I worked with also like to teach, and I learned the basics of reading X-rays and interpreting lab results as a scribe. You get to see each doctor's thought process from the time they initially see the patient until they decide to either discharge or admit them. I talked about it a lot during my med school interviews.

Not going to lie, the pay sucks, but it's more about the experience that you get out of it.
 
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Hey! Could you be more specific about the pay? I interviewed with them and they said you're paid minimum wage for 3 months, and then you're eligible for a certain % raise every 3 months. Is that right?
 
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Hey, what kind of questions did they ask in the interview?

I just interviewed with PhyAssist a week ago. It was just the usual "why medicine" and then a few scenario questions. Other than that, they just wanted to elaborate on my resume and see if I'm ok with the scheduling and job description.
 
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I just interviewed with PhyAssist a week ago. It was just the usual "why medicine" and then a few scenario questions. Other than that, they just wanted to elaborate on my resume and see if I'm ok with the scheduling and job description.

Did they say when you'd find out if you got hired or not? My interview is tomorrow through Skype, i've never interviewed over webcam before.
 
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Did they say when you'd find out if you got hired or not? My interview is tomorrow through Skype, i've never interviewed over webcam before.

Mine was on Skype as well and yeah, it feels a bit awkward at first. This is just my experience but the interviewer takes notes on his opinion of you and then forwards it to the hiring manager for review. I was hired the day after my interview but they needed the position filled ASAP so maybe it was unusually fast for me.
 

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Hey! Could you be more specific about the pay? I interviewed with them and they said you're paid minimum wage for 3 months, and then you're eligible for a certain % raise every 3 months. Is that right?

I think I posted this in another thread, but I quit back in February so I don't know if they've since changed how the pay works. But when I was hired, everyone was paid minimum wage during training and then it went up to $8.70/hr; trainers were paid an extra $1/hr. The pay raise thing is a very new thing that was being talked about when I left.
 
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Ok thanks. I'm torn because I really want to take the job but don't think I can afford it at just $8.70/hr.

My interview was very easy, I was just asked the "why medicine" and "why scribe" questions. The skype thing was awkward but worth it to not have to drive. I was told by someone who had worked there before that once you get to the interview stage it's basically a formality.
 

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Ok thanks. I'm torn because I really want to take the job but don't think I can afford it at just $8.70/hr.

My interview was very easy, I was just asked the "why medicine" and "why scribe" questions. The skype thing was awkward but worth it to not have to drive. I was told by someone who had worked there before that once you get to the interview stage it's basically a formality.

Don't forget to account for gas too if you'll be commuting a lot. I mostly worked at two hospitals, but we also had to work outlying hospitals (at least 2-3 shifts a month for part-time, if I remember correctly) and my commute to one of those hospitals was about an hour drive. Like I said, it's more about the experience than the pay when it comes to scribing.
 

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Can you apply to more than one location? and are u interviewed for every location you apply for?

When I was hired, you did one interview and you ranked the team locations you were interested in working at. Then they offered you a job on of those teams, based on open positions. So I applied to the Fort Worth THR team, Dallas THR, and Cook Children's, and accepted a job on the Fort Worth team.
 
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That was a really cool interview. They asked me like 20 questions.

For those who were hired, were you notified by phone or email? and how long after interview did they notify you were hired?
 
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Being an ER scribe is a great experience. You will be well ahead of all your peers when it comes to differential diagnosis, films and procedures. You literally will be shadowing doctors for your job. With that being said PhysAssist is a heartless company that exploits the dreams of young talented pre-meds. The compensation is abysmal. You will not be able to support yourself on this job. Esp if you are taking a break year and have to pay any student loans. You start at minimum wage and then you get moved up to a little over $9 an hour, state min where I live is around 7.85 so you get a little more than a $1/$1.50 increase (you lose all sympathy for McDonalds workers who want $15 an hour). You cannot trust this company. They will often tell you what you one thing but then the opposite happens because corporate is so unorganized and incompetent that what they honestly feels like they are making it up as they go along.

If you have an interview, as long as you don't blow the interview, you are pretty much guaranteed a job. If you fail at ScribeU (week long training facility) or during your ED training, they don't care because they will just replace you until there is someone who can do it. You are just a number to this company. That is why no matter how good of a scribe you are you will still get harassment emails if you clock out 15 minutes late. If you get high marks on your quarterly reviews you are eligible for a raise every 1000hrs and that raise will roughly be about 50 cents (you do the math).

To summarize, I highly recommend the scribe experience but I would steer clear of this company. I hear other companies (ABC scribes/ScribeAmerica) at least pay a little better.
 
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