Welcome to the VEMA ER Scribe Program

Virginia Emergency Medicine Associates (VEMA) is recruiting recent college graduates for our scribe program at the Inova Fair Oaks Hospital Emergency Department in Fairfax, Virginia. Medical scribes receive first-hand exposure to patient care in a fast-paced emergency room setting.

Our acceptance rate to medical school is 89%, and our acceptance rate to PA school is 100%.

This is a paid position targeted at individuals interested in gaining experience in health care.   In particular, the program is targeted toward students interested in eventually attending medical school or PA school.

The Role of the Scribe

  • Recording patient histories in a web based electronic medical record (EMR)
  • Transcribing details of the physical exam and patient orders in the EMR
  • Documenting procedures performed by the physician
  • Checking on the progress of lab, X-ray, or other patient evaluation data
  • Recording physician dictated diagnoses, prescriptions, and instructions

The Experience

  • Accompany emergency physicians to the bedside for the evaluation and treatment of acutely ill patients
  • Observe medical resuscitation, including cardiac and respiratory arrest cases
  • Observe ER procedures – laceration repair, lumbar punctures, central lines, chest tubes, joint reductions, and intubations

Salary and Benefits

Scribes are paid on an hourly basis, provided with fully paid health and dental benefits.  After a period of training and orientation, scribes work directly alongside board certified Emergency Physicians and are able to receive recommendations for graduate schools.

For further information please email us  at scribeprogram@gmail.com

Please do not call the Inova Fair Oaks Hospital or Emergency Department directly.

Minimum requirements to join the Program:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Completed MCATs or GRE exam
  • Plans to eventually complete an MD, DO, or PA degree
  • Willingness to work rotating shifts, including days, evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays

Additional Application Information

  • This program is not designed for those individuals who have already completed a medical degree.

Information for pre-PA students

PA programs often require clinical hours as a pre-requisite for application.   Please feel free to share the letter below with the programs that you intend to apply to.  Our experience is that it varies by program whether the scribe experience meets the individual school’s criteria.

Letter for pre-PA students and PA Program Admissions Directors


July 26, 2011 at 9:00 am