Becoming a Doctor: A Journey of Initiation in Medical School Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

Melvin Konner
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What kinds of experiences prevent medical students from looking forward to initial encounters with patients?
(a) Prior experience as a nurse or volunteer.
(b) Phobias.
(c) Car accidents.
(d) Severe illnesses.

2. What is the branch of psychiatric medicine that complements Freud's psychoanalysis?
(a) Isolation.
(b) Surgical treatment.
(c) Drug treatment.
(d) Shock treatment.

3. What was Konner's experience in Africa?
(a) As a nurse.
(b) As a pilot.
(c) As a soldier.
(d) As an anthropologist.

4. How does Konner compare to the other students in his cohort?
(a) He is the only man.
(b) He is the least prepared.
(c) He is older.
(d) He is younger.

5. What does Konner say was keeping him tired?
(a) His day job.
(b) Trying to do several rotations at once.
(c) Nightly assignments.
(d) Problems in his personal life.

6. What did interns do after rounds?
(a) Wait for patients to come in.
(b) Start to study.
(c) Begin assignments.
(d) Write up the rounds.

7. What behavior of John Williams' embarrassed Konner?
(a) He told a patient abruptly that they only had a few months to live.
(b) He walked away from a patient's question.
(c) He was known to have affairs with the staff.
(d) He callously described a patient's discomfort to a group of interns.

8. What does Konner say Dr. Ruskin bragged about having spent the weekend doing?
(a) Drinking.
(b) Playing golf.
(c) Chopping wood.
(d) Sleeping.

9. What is intubation?
(a) Placing a tube into a patient's ear.
(b) Placing a breathing tube into a patient's throat.
(c) Placing a tube for intravenous fluids into a patient's arm.
(d) Placing a tube into a patient's bladder.

10. How does Konner characterize surgeons?
(a) Men who thrive on problem solving.
(b) Men who enjoyed making snap decisions.
(c) Men who thrive on stress.
(d) Men who wanted to help people.

11. Where do first-year medical students' clinical experiences take place?
(a) By shadowing individual doctors.
(b) Large hospital groups.
(c) One-on-one tutorials.
(d) Small hospital groups.

12. How does Konner characterize the other medical students?
(a) Imposing.
(b) Naïve.
(c) Burly.
(d) Indifferent.

13. What restrictions did Konner have to observe after scrubbing in?
(a) He could not discuss other cases.
(b) He could not talk to anyone.
(c) He could not touch anything.
(d) He could not leave the surgery ward.

14. What does Konner say is typical of brain disease?
(a) Aggression.
(b) Identity loss.
(c) Depression.
(d) Suicidal thoughts.

15. What insight did Konner get over his break?
(a) He had heartburn, and saw that drugs fixed it immediately.
(b) He was sick, and saw illness from the patient's perspective.
(c) He traveled, and knew what it was like to be out of his element.
(d) His father was sick, and he saw the hospital through his eyes.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many people were in the group of interns seeing patients on rounds?

2. How did Dr. Feldstein make an impression on Konner?

3. What does Konner say the younger students do not have, which older students do?

4. What was the surgeons response when Dr. Ramirez asked Konner to intubate?

5. Which is NOT one of the four laws of medicine?

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