Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Atul Gawande
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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 type of a local anesthetic did the chief resident use when she put in a central line?

2. How long might it take in most hospitals to repair a hernia?

3. How large was the fourth patient that Gawande had to insert a central line?

4. How many studies did Gawande find when doing a computer search to attempt to identify "circalunidian" cycles?

5. How much might it cost in most hospitals to repair a hernia?

Short Essay Questions

1. What type of complications had occurred from residents putting in a central line?

2. What is the secret of Shouldice Hospital's success with hernia repairs?

3. What are some problems with malpractice suits as a remedy for preventing harm to patients?

4. How do surgeons learn to do new procedures once they are out of training?

5. Where can doctors candidly discuss medical mistakes?

6. Why did Rowland Scott Quinlan have to give up his firm to his partners?

7. What is the most important criteria for becoming a surgeon?

8. What was the first program that Gawande attended at the surgeons convention?

9. Why do many experts believe that the M&M is a shabby approach to analyzing error and improving performance in medicine?

10. What was the shift like that Gawande worked on Friday the thirteenth?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using examples from the book, explain why Gawande believes that medicine is an imperfect science.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the pros and cons of having doctors agree in advance what should be done in the uncertain situations that arise (spell out actions ahead of time to remove the guesswork and get some advantage of group decision). Use examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the pros and cons of automation in medicine and why some doctors believe medicine cannot be automated. Use examples from the book.

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