We were recently asked why Medical Scribe Training Systems is not a certified academic partner of the MSCAT and its providing organization, the American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS). Our answer? Essentially, we choose not to pay for something without utility. The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS) was created as a branch from Scribe America and is not an accredited licensing program, so it has no impact upon healthcare services. Although Scribe America is probably the largest medical scribe company in the US, we have our own training philosophy. Our courses include lectures, readings and activities to understand basic medical terminology, physical examinations, HPI terminology, labs, medications, and more! We know that memorizing every detail in any scribe training courses is unrealistic, but just like most medical school curricula, we believe that a solid theoretical understanding of clinical medicine will lay the foundation for what is eventually a far greater medical scribe, and can serve as reference material long-term. So essentially, being "certified" by the Medical Scribe Certification and Aptitude Test bears little clinical significance, is not required to become a medical scribe, and does not correlate to the clinical competency of a medical scribe.
Meaningful use is a big deal for primary care physicians and it's important for scribes to have an understanding of what meaningful use is, what the rationale for it is, and how it affects clinical practice. Medical Scribe Training Systems just released a five minute lecture detailing the objectives and implications of meaningful use for the primary care scribe.