Why Become a Medical Scribe?
Medical scribing is a unique opportunity for prospective healthcare students to observe and participate directly in-patient care. Stanford’s Medical Scribe Fellowship, also known as Clinical Observation and Medical Transcription (COMET), is a one-year post-baccalaureate program designed for highly motivated students interested in pursuing a career in the health professions. Fellows are trained in medical terminology and clinical documentation. They work side-by-side with faculty physicians as certified medical scribes, seeing patients together at Stanford Healthcare Clinics.
We are looking for candidates who are academically strong, with excellent interpersonal and leadership skills, who are looking for an intensive direct patient care experience before applying to medical school, physician assistant school, nursing school, or other graduate school in the healthcare field. Scribing is an unparalleled way to build clinical experience and be immersed in medicine. The COMET Fellowship provides fellows with invaluable career mentorship from faculty physicians, as well as the opportunity to engage in research or other scholarly pursuits.
One of the goals of the COMET Fellowship is to support our fellows' professional growth. COMET fellows may participate in part-time employment opportunities in addition to their regular scribing duties. At the end of the fellowship year and based on performance, fellows are eligible for a one-year long leadership role as COMET Chief Scribes overseeing teams of our scribes.
Prospective fellows can apply to be a medical scribe in 11 different specialties: family medicine, internal medicine, geriatrics, palliative care, endocrinology, cardiology, dermatology, gastroenterology, infectious disease, addiction medicine, and radiation oncology.
Interested in becoming a COMET Fellow?
COMET Alumni: Where are they now?
Here is a short list of our alumni and where they are now after the program.
Stanford PA School
University of Dublin Medical School
UC Davis NP School
Case Western Medical School
Drexel PA School
Rocky Vista Medical School
Duke PA School
UCLA Medical School
Yale MPH School
Nova Southeastern DO School
- An unparalleled, immersive clinical experience with outstanding faculty at Stanford University School of Medicine
- Become a certified medical scribe and an expert in medical terminology and clinical documentation
- Optional research experience
- Detailed letters of recommendation from physician mentors
- Increase chances of admission into medical school, physician assistant school, nursing school, or other graduate school in the healthcare field
- May participate in part-time job opportunities in addition to regular scribing duties
- Eligible for a one-year long leadership role as COMET Chief Scribes
A Unique Scribing Model: The COMET Fellowship for College Graduates More
" Like many of her recent college graduate peers, Cat Caragee was unsure how to get from here to there. There was likely a job in the health professions, perhaps as a doctor, but here wasn’t where she needed to be.
Here was working as a scribe in the emergency department at O’Connor Hospital, where the pay was minimum wage and she needed odd jobs to make ends meet. While she was getting some exposure to clinical medicine (“as a scribe you’re there to help the doctors, and any clinical learning is just a sideline,” she says), she also wanted research experience to strengthen an application to medical school. But jobs as a clinical research assistant require years of experience plus work done in the field.
Updated: Nov. 2019