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Atul Gawande
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was the average amount of time that a keyboard operator in Australia would lose from work due to disabling arm pain?
(a) 74 days.
(b) 29 days.
(c) 64 days.
(d) 53 days.

2. How many electrocardiograms did a man examine to test his diagnostic skills against a computer?
(a) 3,215.
(b) 2,240.
(c) 675.
(d) 1,775.

3. Who was the staff surgeon in charge of the procedure on a teenage knifing victim?
(a) Malcom Wiggins.
(b) Michael Ball.
(c) Matt Provin.
(d) Mitchell Davidson.

4. How many siblings does Goodman have?
(a) 1.
(b) 2.
(c) 3.
(d) 4.

5. How many salespeople attended the surgeons convention?
(a) 4,200.
(b) 3,500.
(c) 6,100.
(d) 5,300.

6. What was wrong with Lee Tran?
(a) A tumor.
(b) Bronchitis.
(c) Pneumonia.
(d) The flu.

7. Who is the doctor who was convicted of murdering fifteen patients with lethal doses of narcotics?
(a) Harold Shipman.
(b) Gary Manson.
(c) Henry Whitman.
(d) David Andreson.

8. What type of a local anesthetic did the chief resident use when she put in a central line?
(a) Triocaine.
(b) Lidocaine.
(c) Benzocaine.
(d) Saxitoxin.

9. What percent of patients with heart attacks who are seen in emergency rooms are mistakenly discharged?
(a) About 10 percent.
(b) About 25 percent.
(c) Between 1 and 5 percent.
(d) Between 2 and 8 percent.

10. What type of a necklace did New York Mets' pitcher Turk Wendell always wear?
(a) A silver four-leaf clover on a chain.
(b) Animal-fang necklace.
(c) A St. Christopher medal on a chain.
(d) Cross necklace.

11. At what hotel was Gawande staying for the surgeon's convention?
(a) Hyatt Regency.
(b) Doubletree.
(c) Best Western.
(d) Embassy Suites.

12. Who was the gynecologist from Ohio who subjected hundreds of women when they had been anesthetized for other procedures to bizarre disfiguring procedures that he called the Surgery of Love?
(a) James Burt.
(b) David Zaner.
(c) Charles Neeley.
(d) Branson Smith.

13. How much might it cost in most hospitals to repair a hernia?
(a) Around $5,500.
(b) Upward of $4,000.
(c) Around $3,000.
(d) Upward of $8,000.

14. What violation finally got Goodman in trouble?
(a) Complaints from other surgeons.
(b) Not attending the M&M conferences.
(c) Too many lawsuits.
(d) Complaints from patients.

15. What country bans surgeons from practicing on animals?
(a) Australia.
(b) Canada.
(c) Britain.
(d) New Zealand.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Dr. Richard Sang's practice before he came to Shouldice?

2. How long is the apprenticeship at Shouldice Hospital?

3. When did Ronald Melzack and Patrick Wall propose that the pain model be replaced with what they called the Gate-Control Theory of Pain?

4. How many hospital patients suffered complications from treatment that prolonged their hospital stay or resulted in disability or death according to a Harvard Medical Practice Study in 1991?

5. What did Jack Nicklaus always have to have in his pocket when he played golf?

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