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 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.

2. What did Konner think was unrealistic about the doctor he saw on TV?
(a) He got away with gross incompetence.
(b) He had no life outside the hospital.
(c) He was relentless in his pursuit of nurses.
(d) He cared about his patients.

3. Where did Konner go at the end of his last shift, when he wanted to reflect on the trauma patients he treated?
(a) For a walk with another intern.
(b) The chapel.
(c) The bar.
(d) Home.

4. Who does Konner say benefits from drugs for childhood hyperactivity?
(a) Teachers.
(b) Doctors.
(c) Drug companies.
(d) Children.

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

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

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

8. What feelings in the doctors does Konner say he understood after spending time with long-term incurable patients?
(a) Compassion.
(b) Bitterness.
(c) Patience.
(d) Animosity.

9. How does Konner characterize surgeons' personalities?
(a) Compassionate.
(b) Timid.
(c) Patient.
(d) Abrasive.

10. What did patient Edwards regain after surgery?
(a) His memory.
(b) His sense of humor.
(c) His identity.
(d) His coordination.

11. How does Konner say he reacts to this split between methodologies?
(a) He feels conflicted.
(b) He sides with Freud.
(c) He prefers an altogether different approach.
(d) He sides with the psychopharmacologists.

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

13. For what did John Williams set records?
(a) Malpractice claims.
(b) Longest time without sleep.
(c) Cases handled.
(d) Monthly earnings.

14. What was Freddy Robertson's role in the procedures that were performed?
(a) Testing her blood type.
(b) Holding the woman down.
(c) Inserting an IV.
(d) Directing traffic.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Konner compare to the other students in his cohort?

2. How does Konner characterize his teachers in the basic clinical skills classes?

3. What does Konner say he tried to hide from the woman on whom he had to perform a neurological exam?

4. What insight did Konner get over his break?

5. Where was Melvin Konner a medical student?

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