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 decision does Konner reaffirm during his visit with family?
(a) Not to be a surgeon.
(b) To write an expose about his time in med school.
(c) To publish an anthropological piece on his time in med school.
(d) Not to practice medicine.

2. What did the article Konner find in his last week of surgery argue?
(a) Pharmaceutical companies were paying doctors to perform unsafe procedures.
(b) America's standard of care was lower than most industrial nations'.
(c) Malpractice insurance was raising the cost of everyone's care.
(d) Science came before patients in medical schools.

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

4. What luxury did Konner's relationship with Dr. Haley allow him?
(a) He could make more money.
(b) He could diagnose patients by himself.
(c) He could take more time off.
(d) He could rely on Dr. Haley when he was uncertain.

5. When did walk-rounds begin in the Emergency Ward?
(a) Twelve noon.
(b) 4 a.m.
(c) 8:00 p.m.
(d) 6:30 a.m.

6. What medical term does Konner use to describe his book?
(a) An orchid in the attic.
(b) A compensatory pause.
(c) A missed heartbeat.
(d) A radical treatment.

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

8. How does Konner say anesthesiologists view surgeons?
(a) As drama queens always stealing the show.
(b) As dangerous.
(c) As daredevils taking all the risks.
(d) As actors in their drama.

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

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

11. What was Konner's Uncle Bobby's role in Konner's life?
(a) Nemesis.
(b) Antagonist.
(c) Hero.
(d) Inspiration.

12. Why was Konner distressed by the first part of the National Medical Board Examinations?
(a) He was not confident that he could score above the middle of the class.
(b) He was afraid that he would not get a higher score than his class rival.
(c) He was afraid that he would not pass.
(d) He did not know if he would be able to get a scholarship.

13. Where was Melvin Konner a medical student?
(a) Bay State Hospital.
(b) Kings County Hospital.
(c) Beth Israel Hospital.
(d) Galen Memorial Hospital.

14. How does Konner characterize Dr. Ringler?
(a) Sensitive and much loved.
(b) Incompetent.
(c) Ambitious.
(d) Arrogant.

15. What had Konner been before starting med school?
(a) A sailor.
(b) An engineer.
(c) A writer.
(d) A Harvard University professor.

Short Answer Questions

1. What kinds of cases is Katherine Ballard interested in?

2. What was Konner convinced of, after Mike's mistake?

3. How does Konner characterize Dr. Brennan's medical skills?

4. What crude behavior does Konner describe from a resident physician?

5. What did patient Francis Giannetti discover when he came into the hospital with leg cramps from jogging?

(see the answer keys)

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