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Physician Scribe Class

Kettering University’s MEDI-221 Elements of Medical Scribing is a two-credit class that began in Fall 2012. The on-line course is available to Kettering University students in both A and B sections. The class features the basic elements of working with Emergency Medicine physicians as a Medical Scribe. It includes the basics of interviewing a patient, medical terminology, common medical complaints and drugs, privacy and medical cost issues. A field trip to a local hospital is also planned. Registration requires approval from the Pre-Med faculty, who will work in coordination with the Registrar’s Office to register A and B section students. To apply, email:

Kettering Alumni in the Medical Field

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Scribe Notes

Korrine Ketchum, senior from Flushing, Mich.: “Anyone can get an internship. This isn’t an internship.  We have embarked on long-term relationships with doctors and hospitals. How about that credential when it comes time to collect your recommendations for medical school?"

Alec Cherny, freshman from Durand, Mich.: “I’m always impressed with how the patients support us. It’s so refreshing as a student. The career exploration opportunities are endless. I watched a doctor do a hysterectomy with a robot. My fellow students applying for medical school have nothing like this.”

Alexandria Petit, 2012 graduate from Waterford, Mich.: “Being a Physician Scribe made me confident enough to be inquisitive. It’s my ‘Kettering Advantage,’ a slogan I didn’t really get until now.”

Kettering University’s Physician Scribe program is helping create a bridge to 21st Century medicine.

In a treatment roomAmerican hospitals are currently in a frenzy updating their Electronic Medical Records (EMR) with a pressing sense of immediacy. New government mandates from the Affordable Care Act have created deadlines for health care administrators who are already dealing with medical personnel with varying technology skills, rising health care costs and stronger privacy standards. 

New solutions are needed. Kettering University co-op students are part of the answer. They are among the first Physician Scribes, a joint program between Hurley Medical Center and Kettering University, both in Flint, Michigan.

Physician Scribes, or medical scribes, provide technical support and training for medical professionals using the new EMR system. Their role is to enter the details of the patient encounter into the hospital’s records system, freeing up the physician’s time to focus on the patient. Their work is done on bedside computers and portable computers.

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Hurley Medical Center


For more information about Hurley Medical Center visit Hurley's website or call (810) 262-9000.

The Key Players

Dr. Stacy Seeley

Dr. Patrick Atkinson

Melany Gavulic

Alexandria Petit