Out patient practices that hire pre-med students part time:
Boulder ENT(Ear, Nose and Throat):
Contact: Alicia: AliciaE@bouldervalleyent.com or 303-43-2771.
At the time I spoke with Boulder ENT, they had 7 graduates of Integrative Physiology and other health specialties, hoping to pursue further medical training. They also had 9 undergraduates working flexible schedules, doing scanning, filing, etc. Many advance to other tasks, including reception type positions. Upon graduation, many advance to become medical assistants, as they prepare to apply to medical, nursing and physician assistant programs.
Joining this office means you may have the opportunity to shadow on your own time, and even to observe interesting surgical procedures.
Boulder Center for Orthopedics: the largest multi specialty orthopedics group in Boulder.
Contact: Britt: Britt@bouldercentre.com. She is the HR person, and she may refer you on to a head scribe for availability and to begin the application process.
At the time I contacted the office, they had 4 full time scribes and a hybrid medical assistant/scribe.
Requirements: at the time I contacted this office, anatomy was a prerequisite. and all positions were full time scribe positions for post graduates students applying to programs in medical fields.
Once hired, 2 weeks of training begin with a week of shadowing a scribe followed by a week of working while supervised by a scribe.
Scribes have the opportunity to observe surgeries and the whole process involves shadowing a physician, learning to use an EHR, etc
Testimonials for Boulder Centre for Othopedics:
Scribing at BoulderCentre for Orthopedics has been a unique opportunity for me to work closely with physicians specializing in Orthopedic Surgery, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Radiology, as well as several physician assistants and physical therapists. While most scribe positions are considered “shadowing on steroids,” the scribe position at BCO bridges the gap between medical assistant and scribe. This has allowed me to gain significant patient interaction. Furthermore, I have gained several insights into medicine including the busy, yet incredibly rewarding lifestyle of a doctor, the role of teamwork in healthcare today, and the importance of establishing positive rapport with your patients. I am also frequently able to shadow in surgery. Working at BCO has been an opportunity for me to see exactly how I can live out my passion in the healthcare profession, and I greatly value the clinical experience that I have gained here. -Andrew
Being a medical scribe has allowed me to obtain first hand experience in a clinic setting. A lot of students do not get the opportunity to actually work in a setting where they are interacting with patients, being exposed to the work flow of a medical office, and work with insurance companies to help provide to care for our patients. This job has been pivotal in my growth in these areas that will better prepare me for work in the future. I have also gotten the opportunity to work with physicians on a first name basis, and get to see who they are other than just being a doctor. By doing so, I am establishing future connections for career/school advice and support, as well as making life long mentors. -Eric
Spine West (physiatry)
Contact: David : Manager @Spinewest.com. If there is a position, you will be asked to send your resume and interview.
Spine West offers what they call internships: full time, paid positions in the summer; Part time paid positions during the school year. The part time positions are typically 16-20 hours per week and duties included scanning, inputting data into the EHR, calling patients.
For post graduates, Spine West offers full time Medical Assistant positions. These are typically 4 days a week. Training is on the job. Duties include rooming patients, doing vitals sign, taking histories, assisting with procedures and explaining them to patients, and obtaining authorizations for procedures from insurance companies.
Anatomy is helpful, but not required. Turnover is primarily in June and July as medical school starts in August.
Interestingly, David, the manager, also started as a part time student and he is now getting his degree in healthcare administration!