Becoming a Doctor: A Journey of Initiation in Medical School Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Melvin Konner
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many people were in the group of interns seeing patients on rounds?

2. Who took over the anesthesiology after Dr. Ramirez was finished bagging and intubating a patient?

3. What was Scott Lucas' role?

4. What is Howard Cullen's diagnosis?

5. What was the surgeons response when Dr. Ramirez asked Konner to intubate?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Konner characterize the split between theories of psychiatric medicine?

2. What crude resident behavior was Konner appalled by?

3. What explanation does Konner give for why he wrote this book?

4. What was Konner's experience working with Dr. Haley in pediatric outpatient services?

5. How does Konner describe his first experience anesthetizing a patient?

6. How did Konner experience the medical world on his vacation?

7. How does Konner characterize his medical student colleagues?

8. What was Konner's second experience in anesthesiology like?

9. What is borderline syndrome?

10. What mistake was made during gall bladder surgery on an obese woman, and what conclusion did this lead Konner to make?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the true lesson Konner learns during his residency? Is it a medical lesson, or a life lesson? A style of writing he acquired, or a set of

Essay Topic 2

What are the different narrative threads Konner weaves throughout 'Becoming a Doctor'? One is the simple chronological experience of med school. What developments take place, and how does Konner's personality, or how do his attitudes about medicine or illness or his own identity change throughout the course of the book? Where do these themes intersect? How are they developed?

Essay Topic 3

What is missing from this book? What should have been covered or presented that was not? What is the effect of this absence? Describe an element that ought to have been covered, and explain why it would have made the book stronger.

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