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 does Konner say he reacts to this split between methodologies?

2. What is 'bagging' a patient?

3. What kinds of experiences prevent medical students from looking forward to initial encounters with patients?

4. What does Konner say he tried to hide from the woman on whom he had to perform a neurological exam?

5. What kind of treatment was Katherine Ballard most interested in administering?

Short Essay Questions

1. What controversy surrounded patient Geraldine's death?

2. How does Konner characterize Howard Cullen's condition?

3. Describe the laparotomy Konner assisted in.

4. How did Konner spend non-surgical afternoons in gynecology?

5. How did Konner disagree with Charlotte's doctor's treatment plan?

6. How does Konner characterize Dr. Sally Brass?

7. How does Konner characterize the anesthesiologist's job?

8. What happened when Konner confronted Dr. Brass?

9. How does Konner say that he dealt with Bigelow, the street person?

10. What were Konner's reasons fro becoming a doctor?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

What effect did medical training have on Konner as a man outside of medical training? How did his training affect his marriage and his family? What were his wife's views on his training? What are the advantages and disadvantages of keeping his personal life out of the book?

Essay Topic 3

Describe a case in which Konner or someone else broke the hospital rules in a treatment or patient contact. What risks were associated with breaking rules, and what mechanism was there to guarantee that rules were followed? What makes it acceptable to break the rules, or depart from standard protocols of care? What do you think Konner would say is lost if doctors are not allowed to do this?

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