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 does Konner wonder at, during one of his deliveries?

2. What brought about an improvement in Charlotte's condition?

3. What complications did Konner's friend Barb suffer after giving birth?

4. What sense does Konner say he had as he entered his fourth and final year of med school?

5. What was the patient outcome of the treatment Dr. Brass recommended?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Konner's experience assisting his friend Barbara's birth.

3. What was Charlotte's ultimate outcome?

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

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

6. How did Konner violate the rules of obstetrics under Chief Resident Caggiola?

7. What controversy surrounded patient Geraldine's death?

8. How did Konner and Dr. Corwin treat the patient with Pickwickian syndrome?

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

10. What was unique about Konner's first week in obstetrics?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What would a medical school, or medical industry run along Konner's ideas look like? Would it be profitable? Would it be better or worse than the industry he was indoctrinated into? Does Konner offer his critiques for the purpose of designing a better system?

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

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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