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REQUIRED MIDTERM WRITING ASSIGNMENT—WA 1

Choose only ONE topic from topics a) through k) from any one of the Module headings, and write an essay of at least five paragraphs, with a well- developed Introduction that has a Thesis Sentence, at least three Body Paragraphs that are focused with Topic Sentences and are well-developed with examples/illustrations. Be sure to use examples from the texts you have read, films you have watched, podcasts you have listened to, and your own personal experiences, if you wish. When you have finished writing your essay, proofread it out loud and make corrections.

1. Before actually writing an essay, write a freewriting assignment on the topic you have chosen:

Freewriting

Freewriting is just what it says—writing freely, whatever comes into your mind, without caring about spelling, punctuation, etc. It’s a way to free up your thoughts, help you know where your interests lie, and get your fingers moving on the keyboard (and this physical act can be a way to get your thoughts flowing).

Try a series of timed freewritings. Set a timer for five minutes. The object is to keep your fingers moving constantly and write down whatever thoughts come into your head during that time. If you can’t think of anything to say, keep writing I don’t know or this is silly until your thoughts move on. Stop when the timer rings. Shake out your hands, wait awhile, and then do more timed freewritings. After you have a set of five or so freewritings, review them to see if you’ve come back to certain topics, or whether you recorded some ideas that might be the basis for a piece of writing.

Here’s a sample freewriting that could yield a number of topics for writing:

I don’t think this is useful or helpful in any way. This is stupid, stupid, stupid. I’m looking out of my window and it’s the end of may and I can see that white cotton stuff flying around in the air, from the trees. One of my aunts was always allergic to that stuff when it started flying around in the spring. Don’t know offhand what type of tree that comes from. That aunt is now 94 years old and is in a nursing home for a while after she had a bad

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episode. She seems to have one now every spring. It’s like that old tree cotton triggers something in her body. Allergies. Spring. Trying to get the flowers to grow but one of the neighbors who is also in his 90s keeps feeding the squirrels and they come and dig up everyone’s flowerbed to store their peanuts. Plant the flowers and within thirty minutes there’s a peanut there. Wonder if anyone has grown peanut bushes yet? Don’t know . . . know . . .

Possible topics from this freewrite:

• Allergy causes

• Allergies on the rise in the U.S.

• Consequences of humanizing wild animals

2. Now, write a mini-outline. Go to the Grammar/Punctuation course button and look at Section VI: Writing an Effective Essay. See the file called “ESSAY DEVELOPMENT FILES—ONES I HAVE DEVELOPED,” and look at the file called “The Hazards of Movie-Going_outline and essay.” See how an essay is developed from a small outline.

Place a heading on the top of the page: Full Name, Class and Section, Name of Assignment (WA 1—Midterm), Date. Number pages starting with the number 2 on the second page of text, in the upper right-hand corner.

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MODULE 1 FIRST, DO NO HARM

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a) Choose one of the doctors featured in the Doctors’ Diaries, and discuss this doctor in terms of how his or her journey as a doctor and as a person changes from medical school ...to internship... and into his or her career.

Do not just retell exactly what the narration tells viewers in the video. This would be a “plot summary,” which high school teachers often ask students to do in a book report style. Rather, take a position on the material you have watched. Here are a few examples:

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“Becoming a doctor often destroys a medical student’s personal life.”

“Medical students start off with the dream of curing people, but the rigors of medical school and internship can be a nightmare.”

You can then prove your thesis through following the course of one doctor’s life. You can give your own impressions and insights, and/or you can include personal experiences or information you have read about the rite of passage medical students go through to become doctors.

b) Think as a patient: Now that you have read the Hippocratic and other oaths and watched the “Doctors’ Diaries,” do you think your approach to dealing with doctors will be different?

MODULE 2: AN HISTORICAL LOOK AT THE DOCTOR-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP

c) You have read a brief history of what Medicine and the doctor-patient relationship was like from the 1890s to approximately 1990. Based on these readings and your knowledge of what the doctor-patient relationship is like today, make a prediction of what you think this relationship will be like in 2030.

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Module 3: PATIENTS’ RIGHTS, PATIENTS’ NEEDS

d) If you thought while reading “Doctor, Talk to Me,” by Anatole Broyard, that his requirements for a doctor were unrealistic, did you change your mind after reading Bernadine Healy’s article, “Medicine. The Art?” If so,

why? If you didn’t change your mind, then in what ways is Broyard being unrealistic?

e) Is it fair or even realistic to look for what Bernadine Healy describes as the artist in every doctor in the article “Medicine , The Art?” Do people need an artist as well as a scientist in a doctor in order for them to heal?

f) You’ve read the oaths that physicians take, and you have also read the official document of “A Patient’s Bill of Rights.” Using these readings as your source of information, analyze the character of the doctor in the film First, Do No Harm and determine whether she was acting in accordance with the Hippocratic Oath. Also, determine whether the rights of the child, and his parents as the guardians in charge of his health, were met in accordance with the U.S. Patient’s Bill of Rights.

________________________________________________________ Module 4: WHAT CHANGED THE DOCTOR’S BEDSIDE MANNER?

How has the corporate world, specifically Managed Care in Medicine, interfered with the doctor-patient relationship?

g) Write an essay or a memoir about how technology has interfered with the doctor-patient relationship. You may use your own experience with an MRI, mammography or other high-tech test. For that matter, if your doctor looks at his PC monitor and types what you say during a visit, technology is interfering with your doctor-patient relationship.

h) Write an essay that discusses “the digital doctor” and how Smart Phone Aps can perform sophisticated diagnostic tests, like echo cardiograms, and stroke and heart attack prevention diagnostics, during an office visit. These new tools of technology speed up diagnostic and treatment time, which may enable doctors to spend more quality time with patients. Such on-the-spot testing saves patients time, money, and worry when waiting to find out what is wrong with them. Make sure you develop your ideas fully and be convincing instead of just making claims.

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i) Most people say it is best to research one's health condition on the internet. However, many doctors would disagree because they claim that many patients have become "cyberchondriacs": they diagnose themselves by doing a Google search...and then they imagine the worst! The article called "The Anxiety of Waiting for Test Results" says that people can benefit or maybe over-react to learning the results of their test results.

Do you think people who are ill should or should not do research on the Internet? Or, do you think they should but they need to go about it the right way?

J) Sometimes, doctors are just plain difficult. Patients can have all the understanding in the world about how medical school, technology, and Managed Care have affected the doctor’s bedside manner, but there is just no getting around the fact that some doctors are arrogant or rude, high-handed or dismissive. For instance, Dr. Jack MacKee (played by William Hurt) in the movie The Doctor is one of these doctors...before his epiphany !

How would you handle such a doctor? Or, how would you advise a patient to handle such a doctor? Use your readings and other course materials, and personal experiences, if you wish, to elaborate on your ideas.

k)Write an essay discussing whether you think a maverick doctor like Francis Moore, from Atul Gawande's article "Desperate Measures Annals of Medicine," would be welcomed or shunned by the medical profession today?

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Attach your file (named Last Name, First Name, WA 1 and Topic

Letter) with the freewriting exercise and the outline and the writing

assignment to the Turnitin Link below.