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. How does Konner characterize Dr. Brass?
(a) Compassionate.
(b) Brilliant.
(c) Vulgar.
(d) Enigmatic.

2. What is Konner's justification for not practicing medicine?
(a) He is saving society money.
(b) He is saving patients from his errors.
(c) He is giving himself to his family instead.
(d) He is using his talents in a better way.

3. What was John Brandt's approach, which influenced Konner?
(a) Electroshock therapy.
(b) Psychopharmacology.
(c) Psychodynamic interpretation.
(d) Behavioral therapy.

4. What optimism does Konner retain in the end?
(a) Patients will heal themselves.
(b) Healing is possible.
(c) Human beings will be good to one another.
(d) Even an incompetent doctor is better than no doctor at all.

5. What was the topic of the article titled 'Med School, Heal Thyself'?
(a) Drug company subsidies for research.
(b) Kickbacks for doctors installing implants and synthetic joints.
(c) The over-specialization of medical disciplines.
(d) Doctors' 'inhumane behavior.'

6. What happened to Barb's condition by the time Konner returned to his rotation?
(a) She was involved in a car accident.
(b) She was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimers.
(c) She regained her health.
(d) She was hospitalized for further complications.

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

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

9. What was the treatment Dr. Brass recommended for the Pickwickian syndrome case?
(a) An anti-cancer drug.
(b) Antipsychotic drugs.
(c) Surgery.
(d) Talk therapy.

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

11. What brought about an improvement in Charlotte's condition?
(a) Termination of antipsychotic drugs.
(b) Relocation to a long-term facility.
(c) Talking therapy.
(d) New medication, and surgery.

12. How does Konner characterize Lily Corwin?
(a) Kind and efficient.
(b) Brash and vulgar.
(c) Arrogant and ignorant.
(d) Combative.

13. What does Konner wonder at, during one of his deliveries?
(a) Babies can survive compression to pass through the birth canal.
(b) Women can survive the pain of labor.
(c) So many American women were routinely anaesthetized during birth.
(d) Hospitals are even required for child birth.

14. What complications did Konner's friend Barb suffer after giving birth?
(a) Fever.
(b) Constipation.
(c) Depression.
(d) Chest pains.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which point of view does Konner NOT take in his description of his time in med school?

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

3. What is the fourth year of med school designed to do?

4. What does Konner say he believes about obstetrics?

5. What does Konner say is the typical method of childbirth in the U.S.?

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