Published: April 15, 2010
On any given shift, Phil Michaels ’10 might see a hundred different things in the emergency room at Brandon Regional Hospital.
blood splatter to machines screeching to life being breathed back into a
patient, Michaels has to be prepared for everything.
to focus on what you’re doing and desensitize yourself to your
surroundings,” said Michaels, who is majoring in allied health and
While going to school full-time, Michaels has
spent the last year working at the hospital as a scribe, performing the
primary secretarial and non-medical functions of the emergency physician
he is assigned to.
“They call us the Verizon network because we
follow them around,” Michaels said. “We take all the notes and history.
We keep the doctors organized.”
Scribes must pass a one-month
extensive classroom training program before being assigned to 12-hour
shifts under the supervising physicians.
“Although the long
hours put into training and studying seems rigorous, the knowledge
gained from this job experience is a reward in itself,” said Alana Sosa,
the Scribe America manager at Brandon Regional Hospital.
Scribe program at Brandon Regional expedites the patient flow through
the emergency department,” Sosa said. “Not only do we help emergency
department physicians with medical documentation, will also help
physicians see more patients per hour while relieving the work load.”
loves the ER. He loves the constant motion, the fluid and ever-changing
nature of illnesses and injuries that revolve through the hospital
doors. It fits his personality, he says.
“I love learning. I’m an information junkie,” Michaels said. “I love the challenge of new things.”
has always wanted to work in the medical field. He was fascinated by
the intricacies of the human body, such as the body’s physiological
response to emotions. While at UT he narrowed his focus and was
introduced to the scribe program by one of his professors, Dr. Jen
“Not only are you surrounding yourself with physicians
and top medical professionals, but you’re learning from them like a
sponge,” Michaels said of the scribe program.
With hundreds of
hours of hands-on experience under his belt from being a scribe,
Michaels is on track to graduate in May and go on to physician assistant
school soon after. To help those with the same interests as he, this
semester Michaels organized the Pre-Physician Assistant Club.
group meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 9 p.m. in
the John H. Sykes College of Business, Room 134. For more information,
contact Michaels at (813) 373-2995 or
Jamie Pilarczyk, Web Writer
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