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 had Konner been before starting med school?

2. What is the immigrant neurosurgeon's rule, when Konner makes rounds with him?

3. Where did Konner go at the end of his last shift, when he wanted to reflect on the trauma patients he treated?

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

5. What crude behavior does Konner describe from a resident physician?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe the process of scrubbing in.

6. How does Konner describe Gerald Edwards' brain surgery?

7. What does Konner say he finds unrealistic in TV doctor dramas?

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

9. What lesson does Konner say he learned from John Williams?

10. What was Konner's experience in Africa, and what is its relation to Konner's current studies?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Where is the climax of this book? Are there different climaxes? What questions does each climax resolve? What questions does each climax leave unanswered?

Essay Topic 2

Konner's book was published in 1987, before a lot of 'gene therapies' were explored and developed. How do you think Konner would respond to the new science of genetics, which tries to explain human behavior through genetic analysis?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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