Are you a prospective healthcare student looking to observe and participate in direct patient care? The Cleveland Clinic Medical Observation and Scribe Training (MOST) Fellowship could be the unique opportunity you are looking for. MOST is a one-year post-baccalaureate program that offers students the opportunity to work alongside healthcare providers to enhance the delivery of team-based patient care and improve physician workflow. As a medical scribe fellow, you will be exposed to the real practice of medicine at the physician-patient level. Not only will you work directly with physicians to provide efficient patient care throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system, but you will also learn medical terminology and clinical documentation.
We are seeking candidates who have excellent educational merit, along with interpersonal and leadership skills. Our program is the best fit for those who are looking to have an intensive direct patient care experience before applying to medical, physician assistant or nursing school or other graduate programs in healthcare. Medical scribing is a great way to build clinical experience and engage in medicine.
The mission of the program is to provide quality medical scribe training as well as professional growth opportunities to our fellows. Our faculty physicians will provide fellows with indispensable career mentorship, as well as the opportunity to engage in research or other scholarly pursuits. In addition to scribing duties, fellows will have the opportunity to pursue part-time jobs within the health system. At the completion of the program, MOST fellows will be eligible for a one-year leadership role as Chief Scribe, overseeing teams of scribes. This selection is based on performance.
About the Program
- An unparalleled, immersive clinical experience with outstanding faculty at Cleveland Clinic
- Become a certified medical scribe and an expert in medical terminology and clinical documentation
- Optional research experience
- Letters of recommendation from physician mentors
- Excellent preparation for entering medical, physician assistant or nursing school, or other graduate schools in the healthcare field
- Opportunity for a part-time job in addition to regular scribing duties
- Eligible for a one-year leadership role as MOST Chief Scribe
Tuition is $6,500 for the 2020-2021 academic year. Tuition must be paid in full within 30 days of acceptance into the fellowship. Tuition includes:
- Training to become a certified medical scribe
- All required materials, including books, stethoscopes, laptops, and white coats
- Support services such as tutoring, mentoring and coaching. Fellows will also be offered interview preparation for medical, physician assistant or nursing school, or other graduate schools in a healthcare field
Please note that housing, transportation, and health insurance are not included in tuition and are the responsibility of the student.
Fellows are expected to:
- Complete approximately 50 hours of training on the basics of medical transcription and terminology
- Attend program onboarding and in-clinic training on the Cleveland Clinic main campus on June 1, 2020
- Complete 25 plus hours of in-clinic training with a MOST trainer and physician mentor(s)
- Work a minimum of 24 hours a week. The shifts are on the weekdays and typically start at 7 a.m. and end 5 p.m. Please note that actual shift times may vary.
- Commit to a one-year fellowship ending on June 30, 2021
Prospective fellows must possess:
- Baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. or international college or university (degree must be conferred by the start of the program)
- U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status
- Minimum GPA of 3.0
All fellows are required to attend a minimum of six 4-hour clinic shifts or a total of 24 hours per week.
Who We’re Seeking
We are seeking highly qualified fellows who will contribute to the Cleveland Clinic community. While educational merit is important, we also look at many other factors including:
- Extracurricular activities, e.g., research experience, outreach activities
- Employment history
- Intellectual vitality, e.g., dedication to a life of service, demonstration of the ideals of the medical profession
All prospective fellows are required to pay a $95 (non-refundable) application fee.
Prospective fellows must fill out the MOST application and pay the $95 application fee to be considered for the program. The application deadline for the 2020 - 2021 year is February 17, 2020. Documentation needed for the application includes:
- Two professional references (reference letters not required)
- Unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate colleges/universities attended
- Copy of a criminal background (federal or local) check completed within one year of the program start date
(Cleveland Clinic will accept an Ohio BCI&I fingerprint background check for a student who has been an Ohio resident in the last five (5) years. If a student has not been a resident of Ohio during the past five (5) years, the student must have a negative FBI fingerprint background check. For a fee, Ohio BCI&I and FBI electronic fingerprint background checks can be obtained at many Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle and business locations. Get more information including electronic fingerprint locations)
Candidates being considered for the fellowship will be invited for an interview. For applicants residing outside of Cleveland, the interview may be arranged via video conference. Applicants not invited to interview should understand that the application process is extremely competitive, and we encourage you to reapply for the program next year.
Applicants will be notified if they are or not accepted to the fellowship in the Spring. Accepted fellows will need to be on site for in-clinic training on June 1.
Cleveland Clinic does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs or activities, on the basis of age, gender, race, national origin, religion, creed, color, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, ethnicity, ancestry, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Cleveland Clinic administers all programs and services without regard to disability, and provides reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified disabled individuals.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is this a residential program?
A: No, the MOST Fellowship is not a residential program. Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements. For information on housing options, please visit the Cleveland Clinic student housing website.
Q: Can international students or international medical graduates apply for the fellowship?
A: Yes, international students or medical graduates may apply as long as they have U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status.
Q: Can DACA students apply for the fellowship?
A: Yes, DACA students are eligible to apply for the fellowship. Please reach out to MOSTfellowship@ccf.org for more information.
Q: What immunizations are required for accepted fellows?
A: Fellows should have the following immunizations:
- Hepatitis B
- Flu Vaccine
- Tuberculosis screening (must be done within one year)
Q: What is the expected attire?
A: Professional attire is required. This includes button-down shirts, professional blouses, pants, slacks, skirts, and dresses. White coats will be provided to fellows, which should be worn when scribing in the clinic.
Q: Do fellows get to keep their white coats?
A: Yes, the fellows keep their white coats when the program is over.
Q: Do fellows receive grades or credit?
A: Fellows do not receive grades or credits.
Q: Do fellows receive a certificate at the end?
A: Yes, every fellow is awarded a certificate at the end of the program, signifying completion of the fellowship.
Q: Is a laptop computer required?
A: The MOST Fellowship will provide laptops for clinic use only. A personal laptop computer is not required for the fellowship; however, it may be beneficial for note taking and research work.