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    #1

    acknowledge my medical errors

    In this question, why can't 1 be the answer? "acknowledge" seems to be vague to me.

    Q. Which is proper for the blank?
    ① acknowledge my medical errors
    participate in operations and care

    One afternoon, a patientís wife stopped me in the hallway of the clinic. I had just finished describing an operation to her and her husband, obtaining his consent and answering their questions. I wasnít surprised that the patientís wife was still worried. Despite her easy smile and occasional laugh, she had appeared awkward throughout the visit, her hands moving from her hair to her face to her pocketbook and back to her hair again.She opened her mouth to speak but stopped all of a sudden
    when one of the residents, a doctor-in-training, passed by. Once the resident was out of earshot, she cleared her throat. ďPlease donít bring any student doctors into the operating room,Ē she
    said, looking toward where the resident was standing. ďItís not that I donít like these young doctors. I just donít want one practicing on my husband.Ē
    I often hear that sort of request, but Iíve never developed an adequate response. A part of me understands those concerns. Although residents are talented and earnest, itís true that they are still learning to operate. At the same time, Iím also fully aware that I am what I am because I was once allowed to _______________ That afternoon a comment about the training process or my residency experiences would not have directly addressed the concerns of my patientís wife. Or, frankly, my own *disquietude. While my colleagues and I might have believed that our supervision of residents in the operating room ensured patient safety and quality of care, none of us really knew that for sure.

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    #2

    Re: acknowledge my medical errors

    In the context of this passage, #1 fits perfectly. #2 would make no sense at all. The writer knows that s/he is a doctor now only because s/he was allowed to learn through participation.

    (later:) Sorry - very careless of me. . I meant to write, *#2 fits perfectly. #1 would make no sense at all"
    Last edited by 5jj; 23-Dec-2012 at 05:49.

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    #3

    Re: acknowledge my medical errors

    5jj, I'm a little confused by your answer. #2 is the one that mentions participation. Did you just mix up 1 and 2?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: acknowledge my medical errors

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    5jj, I'm a little confused by your answer. #2 is the one that mentions participation. Did you just mix up 1 and 2?
    Thank you. I have edited my post.

    Sorry, keannu.

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