My name is Mikayla and I am Virginia and Dr. Tadje’s medical scribe. As a medical scribe, I accompany Dr. Tadje and Virginia as they see patients and dictate their notes for them. I detail the history of the injury, hands-on exam, imaging reads, and treatment plan. I have been with the Tadje Ortho team for about 8 months, and let me tell you, it was the best decision I have ever made.
My medical field journey began with working as a CNA. I had worked in both skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in high school and college, so upon graduation, I was ready for a new and exciting challenge. I began working at St. Luke’s as a Unit Clerk/CNA on the orthopedic/ENT medical/surgical floor. This is where I met Dr. Tadje. He rounded on several of our patients as an orthopedic hospitalist. He was always a doctor that stood out to me, because no matter who you were, he always made it a point to say hi or good morning. He seemed like a genuine person and it showed in how he cared for his patients.
One day, Dr. Tadje contacted me and asked me to join his team. While I was completely surprised and overwhelmed, I was excited for the opportunity to work with Dr. Tadje and to meet his team that he spoke so highly about. Little did I know, his team was even better than I could have imagined. They welcomed me with open arms and have taught me so much.
Since joining Team Tadje, I have encountered countless experiences that have shaped my future in the medical field. While Dr. Tadje is my boss, he and Virginia both are concerned about ME, as a person too, which is nearly impossible to find in the workforce anymore. While I strive to be a good employee, Dr. Tadje and Virginia are both supportive of my long-term goals in the medical field. I am currently undergoing the PA school application process. Dr. Tadje has allowed me to shadow him in the operating room and Virginia teaches me new things in clinic such as exams, injection techniques, and how to read x-rays. They both are role models to the caring and invested provider that I aspire to be someday. Steve, our x-ray tech, has taught me several x-ray techniques in his spare time. Tracy, our nurse, has taught me how to authorize and order MRI’s, take medical histories on patients, draw up injections, cut casts off, and remove staples and stitches. Teia and Lacey have taught me about our EMR and insurance coverages. All of these aspects are things I would have never learned without coming here.
Until now, I had always worked at a “job.” Now, I genuinely look forward to coming into work. I get to work with amazing people and learn while doing it, what more could I ask for? I love working with a team that is dedicated to their patients and that puts patients first. And while I may not be with the Tadje Ortho team forever, I will forever remember them and what they have done for me.
Written by: Mikayla Taugher