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Melvin Konner
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who confirmed the nurse-anesthesiologist's concern that a patient not be released immediately after surgery?
(a) The chief of Anesthesiology.
(b) The surgeon.
(c) The Emergency Ward chief.
(d) Konner.

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

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

4. What does Konner say the younger students do not have, which older students do?
(a) Technical expertise.
(b) Political connections.
(c) Fear.
(d) Intuition.

5. What did patient Francis Giannetti discover when he came into the hospital with leg cramps from jogging?
(a) Thyroid issues.
(b) Heart disease.
(c) Brain cancer.
(d) Alzheimers.

Short Answer Questions

1. When did walk-rounds begin in the Emergency Ward?

2. Where do first-year medical students' clinical experiences take place?

3. What kinds of experiences prevent medical students from looking forward to initial encounters with patients?

4. Why did pediatrics appeal to Konner?

5. What decision does Konner reaffirm during his visit with family?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Konner describe his first experience anesthetizing a patient?

2. What lesson does Konner say he learned from John Williams?

3. What are Konner's feelings about surgery?

4. How does Konner describe Gerald Edwards' brain surgery?

5. How would you describe Konner's tone and language in the opening anecdote?

6. How does Konner contrast American medical diagnoses to African children's lives?

7. What was Konner's second experience in anesthesiology like?

8. What mistake was made during gall bladder surgery on an obese woman, and what conclusion did this lead Konner to make?

9. How does Konner say that Marty Wentworth and Dr. Carter embarrassed themselves?

10. How does Konner say med school affected him personally?

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