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

2. How had Barb's midwife treated the condition that formed the complications?
(a) She had left it untreated.
(b) She had given her herbs.
(c) She had recommended bed rest.
(d) She had given Barb drugs.

3. What does Konner say he believes about obstetrics?
(a) It should be practiced by women.
(b) It should be run by scientists.
(c) A woman's reproductive system should be allowed to run its course without interference.
(d) It should be focused on preventative health and health maintenance.

4. Why was Konner's condition ironic?
(a) He had been treating all kinds of conditions, but he fell victim to a stress-induced skeletal-muscular injury.
(b) He had been telling mothers to push as if they were going to the bathroom, and now felt that same urge.
(c) He had been healthier than ever during his time in medical school, but he could not escape a common cold.
(d) He had been telling people how to live healthy lives, and his own unhealthy habits were catching up with him.

5. When did Konner begin his gynecology rotation?
(a) Groundhog's day.
(b) Christmas day.
(c) Valentines day.
(d) Independence Day.

6. How does Konner characterize obstetrics?
(a) An artificial intrusion of Western medicine into human life.
(b) A nervous situation of waiting to see whether a birth will even require medical care.
(c) An emergency situation that usually has a good outcome.
(d) A horrifying spectacle of women in intense pain.

7. What gave Konner an emotional boost during his rotation with Dr. Brass?
(a) Getting a good evaluation.
(b) Being called into a friend's birth.
(c) Selling his book proposal for 'Becoming a Doctor'.
(d) Getting a National Book Award.

8. Which point of view does Konner NOT take in his description of his time in med school?
(a) Educator.
(b) Anthropologist.
(c) Husband and father.
(d) Gadfly.

9. What had Dr. Suskauer been before becoming the head of obstetrics?
(a) A writer.
(b) An engineer.
(c) A teacher.
(d) An accountant.

10. How was Konner involved in the birth of Barbara and Stan's second child?
(a) He performed the delivery.
(b) He recommended the nurse-midwives.
(c) He was on call throughout the home birth.
(d) He introduced them to each other.

11. What was patient Laura a candidate for?
(a) In vitro fertilization.
(b) Radiation treatment.
(c) Mandatory sterilization.
(d) Cesarean section delivery.

12. What was Konner nominated for?
(a) A prestigious medical honor.
(b) A military appointment.
(c) A Pulitzer Prize.
(d) A National Book Award.

13. What does Konner recommend for the mother who wanted midwifery?
(a) He encouraged a home birth.
(b) He recommended that a midwife birth the child in the hospital.
(c) He recommended against it.
(d) He advocated cesarean section delivery.

14. What department was Richard Harrison head of?
(a) Gastroenterology.
(b) Cardiology.
(c) Neurology.
(d) Psychiatry.

15. What was the result when Konner broke one of the rules about which patients he could help?
(a) He was appreciated.
(b) He caused unnecessary complications.
(c) He was reprimanded by the hospital.
(d) He was sanctioned.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Pickwickian syndrome?

2. What caused RPTA for Konner?

3. What was Dr. Brass' reaction when Konner talked to her about her management style?

4. Who does Konner say had a right not to be touched by medical students?

5. In whose eye did Konner see a compassionate tear?

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