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Q&A: Bailey Wojciak

Bailey Wojciak is Chief Scribe at the University of Louisville Hospital Emergency Department. She graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2021 with a degree in Public Health B.S., and plans to attend Medical School in 2023. We asked Bailey about her experience working with ScribeAmerica:

How did you get started with Scribe America?

I got started with Scribe America during my final semester of college senior year. I was looking for a job during my gap year that would not only pay me, but would also gain me valuable clinical experience. This was also beneficial because I could still be working towards my goal of preparing to attend medical school while saving money. I wasn’t sure what to do exactly, but after asking some of my colleagues what kind of jobs are available for pre-med students, the most common job I heard about was scribing through ScribeAmerica. After looking into it and hearing some reviews about it, I decided to join! 

What are your plans for your future once you have graduated medical school?

I have always wanted to go to medical school due to my drive to help others live a healthy and fulfilling life. Growing up, I have noticed myself gravitating to opportunities working with kids, from being a gymnastics coach to doing research with underserved elementary schoolers. Based on these experiences and everything I learned in Public Health, I knew I wanted to go to medical school with the plan to open up my own practice in rural areas across the U.S. to help mitigate childhood obesity through different preventative interventions. This would include having a grocery store connected to my practice that offers healthy and affordable produce and affordable specialists that patients have access to based on their needs.

Would you recommend being a scribe to others?

I would recommend this scribe job to anyone interested in a career in healthcare because it is a great way to gain exposure to a day in the life of a physician. It lets you become familiar with typical medical terminology used in their day-to-day conversations at work, as well as the critical thinking techniques and processes of diagnosing a patient. It also allows you to experience the actual EHR programming you will use as a physician yourself so you will already be an expert on it by the time you use it as a physician.

My favorite part of scribing, though, is connecting with the physicians and staff which is great for community building and future networking. I was also given the opportunity to be promoted to Chief Scribe, which has allowed me to further enhance my leadership skills and interact with the scribes more closely. This is definitely one of the best professional experiences and has reassured my interest in medicine.

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