Medical Scribe

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Who we are:  La Clínica de La Raza is a community-based health center committed to providing culturally appropriate, high-quality, and accessible health care to the diverse communities of the San Francisco Bay Area.  We have spent over 40 years advocating for and creating a health home for the many that have been denied access to care.  As health care activists, we are dedicated to making sure individuals who do not have health coverage get the same level of quality healthcare as those who have it.   From our genesis as a community health center in 1971, we understood that we cannot heal our communities without also addressing the economic and social factors that affect health. Many times, this requires that we go outside and provide services in other settings to build the bridge that links individuals to our health center for preventive and primary care.  Over 90,000 individuals come to La Clínica because it is a welcoming place that addresses the whole person, coordinating and connecting them to a broad network of services to improve and maintain their health and well-being.  While we are still known for our activism and spirit of social justice, we are also proud to have grown into a sophisticated provider of primary health care services with 35 sites across Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano counties. 

Major Areas of Responsibility include but are not limited to: 

  • The primary role of the medical scribe is to assist the clinician with documentation of each patient's medical chart during their visit.
  • The scribe accompanies the clinician into the patient examination area in order to transcribe a history and physical examination as given by the patient and clinician.
  • The scribe, under the direction of the clinician, transcribes patient orders, including laboratory tests, radiology tests, referrals etc.
  • The scribe documents any procedures performed by the clinician or nurses, on the electronic medical chart.
  • The scribe transcribes any consultation or discussions with family and/or the clinician.
  • The scribe completes the patient's chart by transcribing results of any labs, x-rays, or other evaluations. In doing so, the scribe continuously checks on the progress of this data in order to get the patient's workup complete so that the clinician is able to make his or her decisions regarding that patient.
  • The scribe lists all proper diagnoses as well as any follow up instructions and prescriptions, as dictated by the clinician.
  • The scribe does not directly assist with patient care. The scribe documents orders generated by the clinician.
  • The scribe assists the clinician and support staff with paperwork, telephone calls, faxing, and chart abstraction.
  • The scribe is able to process portal communications and either task to appropriate staff or get information from the clinician to respond to the patient in a timely way.


  • Demonstrate flexibility and ability to accept changes gracefully.
  • Able to work professionally and collaboratively in team-based care delivery.
  • Ability to work and communicate with people from various ethnic, socio-economic, educational and life experience.
  • Ability to participate with other staff in Saturday and evening rotation.

 Other Certifications and Experience

  • Certification for health clearances required of persons working in a clinical environment.
  • High school diploma/equivalent.

 Minimum Job Requirements 

  • Ability to read, write, understand, and spell English and medical terminology correctly.
  • Basic computer proficiency in Windows environment.
  • Strong typing skills (45-50 WPM).
  • Proficiency in English spelling and grammar at a minimum of 12th grade level.
  • Bilingual proficiency in Spanish


  • Medical Terminology/Anatomy coursework.
  • Previous experience working in an outpatient clinic or doctor's office.
  • Medical Transcription experience.
Job Location
Oakland, California, United States
Position Type
18.19 - USD

Last updated by Helen Harrison Apr 13, 2017.

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