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 is the prognosis for the patients Konner sees under Dr. Burdick?
(a) They will not return to normal lives.
(b) They will likely spend the rest of their lives in and out of hospitals.
(c) They can be released after a talking cure identifies and cures their neurosis.
(d) They may improve and be discharged with drugs.

2. What had Petey begun to do at age seventeen?
(a) Assault people.
(b) Attempt suicide.
(c) Use street drugs.
(d) Regress to childhood.

3. What crude behavior does Konner describe from a resident physician?
(a) Insulting the interns in front of the patients.
(b) Exposing himself to a patient.
(c) Making racist/sexist jokes with the patients.
(d) Snickering at a woman's diagnosis.

4. What was patient Petey's diagnosis?
(a) Down syndrome.
(b) Schizophrenia.
(c) Aspergers syndrome.
(d) ADHD.

5. How does Konner characterize his teachers in the basic clinical skills classes?
(a) The best teachers he had.
(b) The least interesting teachers he ever had.
(c) The most impersonal teachers he had.
(d) The least successful teachers he ever had.

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

7. What kind of surgery did Konner watch Dr. Ruskin perform?
(a) Cataract surgery.
(b) Implant surgery.
(c) Spine surgery.
(d) Abdominal surgery.

8. What difficulty did patient Edwards have as a result of surgery?
(a) Balance.
(b) Memory.
(c) Cancer.
(d) Motor skills.

9. How many medical students was Konner grouped with for his rotation in psychiatry?
(a) Nine.
(b) Fifteen.
(c) Twelve.
(d) Six.

10. Who did students meet with during initial basic clinical skills class?
(a) Patients' relatives.
(b) Patients.
(c) Doctors.
(d) Nurses.

11. How does Konner characterize the anesthesiologist?
(a) Aggressive and combative.
(b) Weak and fussy.
(c) Witty and detached.
(d) Irritable and judgmental.

12. How often were walk-rounds performed in the psychiatric ward?
(a) Daily.
(b) Once a week.
(c) Three times a week.
(d) Twice a day.

13. How does Konner characterize his work with Dr. Haley?
(a) He felt like a doctor of equal stature.
(b) He felt like a beginner.
(c) He felt like he didn't know anything.
(d) He felt like a fraud.

14. What was Konner convinced of, after Mike's mistake?
(a) Marty Wentworth practiced bad medicine.
(b) Mike Colucci was never going to be a surgeon.
(c) He was not surgeon material himself.
(d) Surgery is a dangerous business.

15. Why did pediatrics appeal to Konner?
(a) It let him laugh more.
(b) Children had an easier time regaining their health after illness.
(c) It gave him more room to be aloof and scientific in his observations.
(d) It resembled his research on African children.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the immigrant neurosurgeon's rule, when Konner makes rounds with him?

2. What feelings in the doctors does Konner say he understood after spending time with long-term incurable patients?

3. Why did Konner's procedure with the woman with gonorrhea take five times longer than the procedure should have taken?

4. What was Scott Lucas' role?

5. Who does Konner say benefits from drugs for childhood hyperactivity?

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