Becoming a Doctor: A Journey of Initiation in Medical School Test | Final 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. Whose samples had been sent to the lab Konner was working in now?
(a) Dr. Brennan's patients.
(b) Professor Roth's patients.
(c) Dr. Mattingly's patients.
(d) Dr. Suskauer's patients.

2. Who was Konner's first autopsy?
(a) A professor.
(b) A doctor.
(c) A housewife.
(d) A mathematician.

3. What condition gave Konner cause for concern in his friend's pregnancy?
(a) Hypertension.
(b) Alcoholism in the family.
(c) High risk of Down syndrome.
(d) Ambiguous ultrasounds.

4. What does Konner say made his rounds poignant when he was working with Dr. Downing?
(a) Dr. Downing was herself sick with cancer.
(b) Three patients were terminal.
(c) One of the patients had been a famous singer.
(d) The patients were children.

5. What sense does Konner say he had as he entered his fourth and final year of med school?
(a) Flailing.
(b) Coasting.
(c) Starting from scratch.
(d) Struggling.

6. What starts the day in the gynecology rotation?
(a) Rounds.
(b) Surgery.
(c) Outpatients.
(d) Paperwork.

7. How many deliveries did Konner perform in his last rotation?
(a) 48.
(b) 12.
(c) 26.
(d) 31.

8. What was the patient outcome of the treatment Dr. Brass recommended?
(a) Additional surgery.
(b) The Pickwickian syndrome resolved.
(c) Arm damage.
(d) Death.

9. What does Konner say about Charlotte?
(a) She gave him a reason to continue practicing medicine.
(b) Her case convinced him to get out of medicine.
(c) She dominated his last six weeks in his third year.
(d) She inspired him to write about his experiences.

10. What did Konner deliver twice, in his first week?
(a) Still births.
(b) Twins.
(c) Triplets.
(d) Down syndrome babies.

11. What did the residents explain to the daughter of the woman suffering with terminal cancer?
(a) What surgery and chemotherapy would cost.
(b) Why her mother should be allowed to die.
(c) When her mother could be released back to her home.
(d) What heroic measures could still be taken.

12. How long had Konner spent in Obstetrics?
(a) Two months.
(b) Six weeks.
(c) Six months.
(d) Two weeks.

13. What could Konner do for Stan while Barb was suffering complications?
(a) Translate medical jargon.
(b) Commandeer nurses and hospital resources.
(c) Contact experts in the field.
(d) Provide emotional support.

14. What is the fourth year of med school designed to do?
(a) Give medical students a break before they are responsible for patients.
(b) Allow students to broaden their experience before seeing patients of their own.
(c) Develop skills without direct responsibility.
(d) Give medical students responsibility for patient care.

15. How does Konner say Dr. Greenspan was embroiled in a controversy?
(a) He pursued a staff member.
(b) He defended a subordinate.
(c) He faked some research results.
(d) He published others' work.

Short Answer Questions

1. What caused RPTA for Konner?

2. What strategy did Dr. Greenspan advocate for learning medicine?

3. How many hours a week did Konner work with Dr. Brass and the others on his rotation?

4. What comment about Charlotte was red-penciled off her chart?

5. How long was Konner away from the hospital for, as a result of this nomination?

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