Which truly is better for clinical experience: Medical assistant or Scribe?
i have currently been looking at both options of training given most clinical/hospitals have suspended volunteer and shadowing opportunities.
A Medical assistant seems like they get a lot more patient interaction and hands on clinical work.
A Scribe seems to get “more” time with a physician but def not as much hands on experience (but this may very from clinic/office working in)
Within the premed forums and podcasts I have read and listen to, being a scribe is a good experience to have. But rarely mentioned is medical assisting. To me, compared side by side, medical assisting would be a better experience as you are working with a patient directly (and this is what med schools want to see)
The only “downside” to medical assisting is the cost and length of training depending on program selected (most being 1yr or less). Training to be a scribe is paid and very quick (within months)
Is one better than the other in the eyes of a med school committee or are both equally the same?