Military Spotlight: ScribeAmerica Team Member
Paul Schwartz, Chief Scribe, Michigan
Paul Schwartz didn’t always plan to pursue a career in healthcare. But when the U.S. Army assigned him to a position in medical services, he decided to leave biology studies behind and focus on healthcare instead.
We spoke at length with Jackson, Michigan’s chief scribe—a position Paul now holds as he transitions to the Michigan National Guard. Here’s what he had to say about serving his country, discovering scribing and making the decision to apply to physician assistant schools.
How did you decide to pursue a career in medicine?
The Army decided for me. Although I had taken some anatomy and physiology courses, my degree was in biology and I was focused on environmental sciences. I had very little medical experience prior to service, but when there was an opening for medical services it sounded like a great opportunity and a good fit.
And you decided to switch gears?
I worked mostly with the medics themselves and other individuals who had a deep knowledge of how to provide quality care for soldiers. It was really inspiring. Even though I hadn’t been studying medicine at that time, I was able to enable professionals to perform to the best of their abilities. And there was a big need for treatments even in training. Soldiers will always find ways to get injured despite the best safety measures.
How did you learn about the medical scribe industry?
Since the Army was a part-time position, I also had civilian jobs as a clinical technician, first on a cardiac floor and later in the emergency department of a hospital, where I met scribes. When I moved from Florida to Michigan, I decided that was the job I wanted to pursue.
Taking a job with ScribeAmerica is one of the best decisions I could have made. I’m now transitioning over to the Michigan National Guard and working as the chief scribe for the Jackson region. It’s been incredible so far.
What motivates you as a scribe?
I’ve learned so much more as a scribe than I did in either of my technician jobs, hands down. You’re working alongside the doctor and able to formulate an image of what the physician goes through to make a diagnosis.
Being a scribe is an ideal job for anyone who wants to see what it’s really like to be a doctor.
As chief scribe, I’ve been able to work in a variety of settings: family medicine, orthopedics, neurology, rheumatology and more. It’s really interesting to watch patients go from a family practice to the final resolution at a specialty practice.
How has your Army experience influenced your work as a scribe?
Serving in the military has given me a solid team-building perspective that applies directly to coordinating with the providers. As a lieutenant, I have a lot of managerial experience that also comes into play when collaborating with scribe colleagues. And the prior medical knowledge I gained from the Army has helped a lot with day-to-day responsibilities.
What are your plans for the future?
I’m definitely more medically-focused these days. I’m in the process of applying to nursing and physician assistant schools.
What advice would you have for others interested in pursuing careers in medicine?
As a scribe, try to gain as much knowledge as you can from providers you assist. They are a true treasure trove of information and very willing to teach.
And if you’re looking for a company that cares about its employees and is growing by leaps and bounds, ScribeAmerica is the right place for you.