Stanford Medical Scribe Fellowship

Be a COMET Fellow at Stanford!

Clinical Observation and Medical Transcription (COMET) Fellowship

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 program 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 program 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 program 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 12 different specialties: family medicine, internal medicine, geriatrics, palliative care, endocrinology, cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, addiction medicine, dermatology, gastroenterology, infectious disease, and radiation oncology, .

Interested in becoming a COMET Fellow?

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COMET Alumni: Where are they now?

Alexis Kofoed

2015-16 COMET Fellow

Stanford PA School 

Cat Carragee

2015-16 COMET Fellow

University of Dublin Medical School

Michelle Tay

2016-17 COMET Fellow

UC Davis NP School

Jimmy Yao

2016-17 COMET Fellow

Case Western Medical School

Kevin Lee

2017-18 COMET Fellow

Drexel PA School 


Eugenia Jernick

2016-17 COMET Fellow

Rocky Vista Medical School

Andrew Yoon

2017-18 COMET Fellow

Duke PA School

Jamie Yang

2017-18 COMET Fellow

UCLA Medical School

Laurel Sharpless

2017-18 COMET Fellow

Yale MPH School

Sheel Vaniawala

2018-19 COMET Fellow

Nova Southeastern DO School


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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.


Program Benefits

  • 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

Updated: Sept. 2019