To The Finish Line: Testimony as a Subversion of Literature and History

With every end there is an obligation to reflect on what has passed, on how I’ve changed during my brief yet wild quest for knowledge. But as I write this post hidden away in the confines of a cozy dorm, the same one in which I recorded my first tentative notes about Historic Memory, I find that I’ve very much come full circle. An academic purgatory of sorts between the exhilarating rush of the new semester and the rewarding trials of summer. In these past six weeks, I’ve worked on transcribing testimonies from small towns in southern Spain, from second-hand victims of Franco’s regime and the Spanish Civil War, in addition to subtitling a portion of the documentary¬†La Sauceda, de la utop√≠a al horror, which I’ve posted below for convenience. Yet in my attempts to answer my initial questions about the morality of memory, the stagnant and self-mutilating nature of trauma, and the problematic linear model of history, I’ve become just as confused now as I was from the start, perhaps the only difference being details and personal investment. For every truth uncovered, another is yet to be seen, and I’m still only at the beginning. Or more accurately, I’ve returned to the beginning, the very basis of this entire project: the testimony.

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Efficiency vs Time Distribution

My entire proposal is centered around the idea that scribing programs will allow free clinics to be more effective in their mission to provide quality patient care while also serving as many patients as possible. However, an important aspect which must be highlighted is the fact that scribing programs in no way make the clinical structure more streamline or effective. In reality, they redistribute time, allocating time to providers during patient visits while having scribes and administrative figures shoulder more of the work and ultimately the scribing error safeguards that go along with it.

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Ad infinitum

I have not touched my project since mid-July due to other pursuits, but I have been asked every day this week what I did with my summer. I will post, more or less, what I tell people who ask me that.

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Criticisms of Scribing

My research centers around a scribing program proposal for Olde Towne Medical Center, presenting an obvious bias toward the benefits of scribing. However, it is simultaneously important to provide weaknesses of scribing programs in order to ensure that scribes are properly utilized and that the center can create effective workarounds in the program’s initial stages to prevent difficulties down the road.

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Free Clinic Scribing vs Hospital Scribing

An important aspect of my research is the distinction between scribing in hospital vs free clinics. Although at first, it may seem like an insignificant difference, in reality the settings play a major role in the demands placed on scribes.

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