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Ive been scribing for abot 2 months now and I cant deny that it is a good way to get exposed to cool clinical experience and see different sort of cases. But the 24 hour a week of scribing, school, research, and volunteering doesnt leave me much time to do anything else, which is completely fine with me now. However, I am taking the MCAT in May and I really dont see how I'll be able to adequately study for that while scribing since from what Ive heard, people drop 7-8 hrs a day grinding the MCAT


Would quitting around December (which will put me at 6 months and ~400 hours) look bad if I decide to put it on my app?


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Ive been scribing for abot 2 months now and I cant deny that it is a good way to get exposed to cool clinical experience and see different sort of cases. But the 24 hour a week of scribing, school, research, and volunteering doesnt leave me much time to do anything else, which is completely fine with me now. However, I am taking the MCAT in May and I really dont see how I'll be able to adequately study for that while scribing since from what Ive heard, people drop 7-8 hrs a day grinding the MCAT


Would quitting around December (which will put me at 6 months and ~400 hours) look bad if I decide to put it on my app?


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It won't raise any major red flags, and focusing on the MCAT is by far the most important thing you can do at this point.
 
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Do you think it'll still be worthwhile to put it on my app?


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I would definitely still list it on your application, as 400 hours aggregate is still pretty significant clinical exposure. And as you state, scribing is pretty informative in terms of what being a physicians is actually all about. I worked an entry level health care job for roughly 7 months, 600 total hours, listed it and am having a good cycle thus far. I think as long as you hit around 6 months no one will bat an eye, especially in scribing where the turnover rate is so high.
 

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I would definitely still list it on your application, as 400 hours aggregate is still pretty significant clinical exposure. And as you state, scribing is pretty informative in terms of what being a physicians is actually all about. I worked an entry level health care job for roughly 7 months, 600 total hours, listed it and am having a good cycle thus far. I think as long as you hit around 6 months no one will bat an eye, especially in scribing where the turnover rate is so high.

Alright that makes sense. Thats assuring hearing that you are having success this cycle. Congrats!


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Yes. Do you plan to have other active clinical experience? Or will you resume this type of work once the MCAT is taken?

I will still keep my current hospital volunteering, where I actually get to interact with the patients directly


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Yes, list it! It's a valuable medically-related experience.

As for the 6 months - not a big deal - many have to change their plans because a new semester can have different demands.
 
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Terrific! You'll be fine then for active clinical experience expectations.

okay great! thanks!

Yes, put list it! It's a valuable medically-related experience.

As for the 6 months - not a big deal - many have to change their plans because a new semester can have different demands.

Alright, I just don't want to come off like I wasn't dedicated to the job or anything like that
 

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It can be difficult for full time students to do scribing for very long periods of time since many shifts are 8-12 hours long. I would think that adcoms would know that.

What else are you doing?
 

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It can be difficult for full time students to do scribing for very long periods of time since many shifts are 8-12 hours long. I would think that adcoms would know that.

What else are you doing?

Besides the other EC as listed before on the original post, nothing for this semester. But in the spring time baseball season starts again so I'll be an assistant coach again.


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After 6 months scribing has diminishing returns anyway.
 

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What do you mean? Like by then you probably would of saw everything?


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Not that you would of seen everything, but scribing pays relatively little compared to how difficult it is. The low pay is offset by the experience, which tends to trail off after you get situated in the emergency department. (You learn a lot of essential information in the very beginning about how the healthcare system works, dealing with patients, etc). A lot of scribes seem to accumulate 3000+ hours from years of working but you're actually better off diversifying your experiences (volunteering, clinical research, basic science research, etc).
 
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Not that you would of seen everything, but scribing pays relatively little compared to how difficult it is. The low pay is offset by the experience, which tends to trail off after you get situated in the emergency department. (You learn a lot of essential information in the very beginning about how the healthcare system works, dealing with patients, etc). A lot of scribes seem to accumulate 3000+ hours from years of working but you're actually better off diversifying your experiences (volunteering, clinical research, basic science research, etc).

Gotcha gotcha, yeah it does seem like a very good experience so far and the docs are willing to explain anything I ask. But the minimum wage pay isnt that cool lol


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