Becoming a Doctor: A Journey of Initiation in Medical School Test | Final 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 are newborn babies assessed for?

2. Who was Konner's first autopsy?

3. What caused RPTA for Konner?

4. What is Konner's justification for not practicing medicine?

5. What was the result when Konner broke one of the rules about which patients he could help?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Konner characterize pathology and its place in the spectrum of medical services?

2. What condition did Konner suffer after his obstetrics rotation, and how did it make him view his experience at the hospital?

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

4. What happened when Konner confronted Dr. Brass?

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

6. What roles does Konner describe having written 'Becoming a Doctor' from?

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

8. What does Konner say made his rounds poignant under Dr. Downing?

9. Describe the laparotomy Konner assisted in.

10. What condition was patient Charlotte suffering from?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Konner feels conflicted between psychoanalysis and psycho-pharmacology approaches to psychiatric treatment. How does he resolve this conflict within himself? What other conflicts does he feel, and how does he resolve them? Choose one and describe the reason for Konner's sense of self-conflict, as well as his method of resolving the conflict for himself.

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