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. What does Konner say Dr. Ruskin bragged about having spent the weekend doing?

2. What procedure did Konner participate in with David Milano?

3. What was Scott Lucas' role?

4. What interest did Konner's medical training have in common with his previous training?

5. What was Konner convinced of, after Mike's mistake?

Short Essay Questions

1. What controversy surrounded patient Geraldine's death?

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

3. How does Konner characterize the medical experience of working in obstetrics?

4. Describe Konner's first neurological examination.

5. What is RPTA, and how did it affect Konner?

6. How is Konner different from the other students in his group?

7. What was Konner's experience with Big Red?

8. How does Konner characterize Dr. Greenspan, and the controversy Dr. Greenspan was embroiled in?

9. How would you describe Konner's tone and language in the opening anecdote?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Evaluate your own reading of 'Becoming a Doctor.' Did you resist it, or were you compelled by the story? What does your reading tell you about yourself and your interests? Use specific examples from the book to describe yourself as a reader.

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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