Only A Star Med Student Can Answer All These Questions Correctly

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Doctors are some of the most valued individuals on the planet. Why? Because they're responsible for taking our health into their hands. They not only dig into our brains to find out what's wrong, but they're also there to check up on us every step of the way. But this coveted job is not all glitz and glamor. It requires lots of focus, lots of care, and more than the average amount of studying. Could you do it?

Today, we're going to ask you a series of medical questions. and you need to use your med student know-how to recommend the right treatment for your patient. Are you on your way to becoming a star doctor?

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1. You suspect Mrs. Henry might be pregnant. What do you do?

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  1. Get her a catheter
  2. Order an ultrasound
An ultrasound is a type of imaging that uses high-frequency sound waves to look at various organ structures, specifically soft tissue, in the body. The imaging tool can also be used to measure the flow of blood in the arteries, and therefore blockages.
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2. You know that a normal heart should be the size of a...

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  1. Beach ball
  2. Fist
Your fist-sized heart is a workhorse! It beats an average of 115,000 times a day, and it pumps over 2,000 gallons of blood!
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3. You have a patient waiting with mild abrasions. Do you consider them to be high risk?

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  1. Yes
  2. No
A minor abrasion is no big deal. Another word for a minor abrasion? A scrape.
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4. You're walking past a patient whose blood has stopped flowing to their brain. What are they going through?

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  1. A stroke
  2. Puberty
A stroke occurs when the blood supply to a part of the brain is interrupted or significantly reduced. The decreased blood supply prevents the brain tissue from getting oxygen and vital nutrients. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die.
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5. Your patient is not awake and is unresponsive. They're ...

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  1. Unconscious
  2. Conscious
A person who is unconscious is in the state of not being awake and usually not aware of the things going on around them.
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6. Your fellow doctor is about to use a defibrillator. What should she say first?

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  1. CLEAR!!!
  2. GET OUT OF THE WAY!
Defibrillators pass electric currents through a patient's body. Yelling "CLEAR" warns other people to get their hands off, lest they be shocked too.
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7. In med school, you would have learned that a heart has this many chambers...

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  1. 10
  2. 4
The heart has four chambers: two atria and two ventricles, each of which can be found on the left and right sides of the heart. Their pumping action is the main driving force of the circulatory system.
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8. You hear an announcement for the podiatrist in the hospital. What's going on?

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  1. Someone has impaled themselves on a tree
  2. Someone has a foot problem
Podiatrists treat everything related to feet, including skin problems, calluses and corns, nail disorders, foot injuries, and foot infections.
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9. You have to check the vital signs of a patient who just came in. Which of these do you check?

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  1. Their meals per day
  2. Their respiration rate
Vital signs are a group of medical measurements used to examine the body’s most basic functions. The main vital signs include body temperature, respiratory rate, heartbeat (pulse), and blood pressure.
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10. You have a patient with dementia. What should you keep in mind?

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  1. They can't remember how to breathe in English
  2. They may not remember what their medications are
Dementia is a condition characterized by the loss of memory, language, and problem-solving. Some of the earliest signs of dementia include increased confusion, memory problems, and reduced concentration.
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11. Thankfully this disease was eliminated by vaccines...

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  1. Small pox
  2. Dengue
Smallpox is a highly contagious and occasionally fatal disease transmitted through moisture droplets in the air. At the height of its infectious period, it resulted in the deaths of millions of people. Because of immunization, the disease is no longer a threat. It was eradicated in 1977.
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12. You've just taught a patient how to use an epipen. When should they use it?

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  1. To treat a peanut allergy
  2. To do their exams
Peanut allergies are the second most common allergies in children. How do the allergic prepare for potential incidents? EpiPens! EpiPens deliver epinephrine, which constricts blood vessels and decreases swelling.
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13. An elderly man thinks he is suffering from “apnea”. What does this mean?

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  1. He suffers from a sleep disorder
  2. He is going bald
Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder that is categorized by a person’s breathing being interrupted during sleep. When this happens, the brain and many of the organs may not be getting enough oxygen. There are two types of sleep apnea: obstructive and central.
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14. You have a tonsillectomy coming up. What do you have to do?

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  1. Give the patient a new eye
  2. Surgically remove the patient's tonsils
The surgical removal of the tonsils, or a tonsillectomy, was once a common procedure designed to treat tonsillitis.
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15. Your patient has coded and signed a DNR. Should you resuscitate them?

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  1. Yes, because they're dying!
  2. No, because they don't want to be brought back
NO! A do-not-resuscitate order (DNR) means that if a patient's heart stops beating, you should not work to bring them back to life.
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16. You have an intern who is looking for the tibia. Where should they look?

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  1. By the shoulders
  2. Upper leg
The tibia is a large bone which is located in the lower leg. It is sometimes called the shinbone, and it is also the second-largest bone in the human body.
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17. Your patient has a toe fungus. Is it right to prescribe antibiotics?

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  1. No, because fungus isn't a bacteria
  2. Of course, they kill everything
Antibiotics, also called antibacterial, are medications used to destroy or slow the growth of bacteria. They cannot be used to treat viral or fungal infections. Antivirals and antifungals are used to treat those pathogens.
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18. Your patient thinks sickle cell anemia is contagious. Is it?

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  1. No, it's passed down from parent to child
  2. Yes, it's in the air
A hereditary disease is one that is passed down from one generation to another (inherited genetically). This is done through defective genes passed on from parent to offspring. Some examples include cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, and hemophilia.
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19. You just delivered a baby with no pigmentation in their skin and hair. What is the baby considered as?

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  1. A triplet
  2. An albino
Albinism is a group of genetic disorders that result in little to no color of the skin, hair, and eyes. It is due to reduced amounts of melanin pigment in these areas.
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20. You get called to a school where there is an outbreak of "nits" in the kids. What has happened?

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  1. They're sick because they ate pasta
  2. They have lice, a parasitic infection
Nits is a term used to describe the eggs or young form of a louse, specifically of head louse, which can be attached to human hair. It is very common in children between the ages of 3 and 11 years old and is often spread through contact. It is also used to refer to other parasitic insects.
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21. You order an "ECG" for Jimmy. Why?

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  1. To make sure his arms aren't too big for the hospital gown
  2. To measure his heart's muscular function
An electrocardiogram abbreviated “ECG” is a machine used to measure the electrical activity and muscular function of the heart. It records the rhythm and activity on a moving strip of paper, which is then interpreted by a physician.
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22. A "contraindication" is...

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  1. Really bad gas
  2. A sign not to administer a particular drug
It doesn't always make sense to reach for the pillbox! Sometimes giving a patient medication can do more harm than good.
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23. You would transport your patient throughout the hospital on...

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  1. A hoverboard
  2. A gurney
A gurney is a wheeled stretcher which is used for transporting patients (and bodies) around the hospital.
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24. Neonatal nurses deal with...

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  1. The care of the animals
  2. The care of newborns
Neonatal nursing is a subspecialty of nursing focused on caring for newborn infants. It is mainly focused on infants who experience issues shortly after birth.
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25. You've just installed a pacemaker during surgery. Why?

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  1. To maintain the patient's heart rate
  2. To help the patient lose wight
A pacemaker is a small electrical device that is placed in the chest or abdomen, just under the skin, to maintain a suitable heart rate. It sends impulses to the heart, thereby setting and sustaining the heart rate.
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26. You have to give a new patient medication. What should you keep in mind?

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  1. Allergies
  2. Caloric intake
A drug allergy is an abnormal reaction of the immune system to medication. They are more likely to happen with certain groups of medications and usually result in hives, rash, or fever. It is important to find out whether the patient has any allergies to these medications before prescribing them.
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27. The tiny appendage hanging off the large intestine has no known use. What is its name?

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  1. Liver
  2. Appendix
The appendix is a blind-ended tube connected to the cecum at the junction of the small and large intestines. The inflammation of the appendix is known as appendicitis, and it often results in the removal of the struction.
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28. What does it mean when a patient goes into respiratory arrest?

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  1. He stopped breathing
  2. His heart stopped beating
Respiratory arrest is a fancy word for when someone stops breathing. Careful! Brain damage and cardiac arrest may follow.
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29. Which of the following organs is commonly called the voice box?

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  1. Larynx
  2. Brain
The voice box, or the larynx, is the part of the respiratory tract containing the vocal cords. The 2-inch-long, tube-shaped muscular organ in the neck is responsible for the vocal tone in speech.
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30. What does the nervous system do?

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  1. Tells you the weather
  2. Tells you when you are in pain
There are 100 billion nerves in your brain alone. The nervous system works fast, transmitting signals at 328 feet per second. When something hurts, you're gonna know it.
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31. You'd use this tool to take a look at the...

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  1. Waist line
  2. Ear
An otoscope is a device used to look in the ear to get a view of the ear canal and tympanic membrane. They are typically used during regular check-ups and when patients complain of symptoms concerning the ear.
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32. This patient has some __________ on his arm.

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  1. Cast
  2. Gauze
Gauze is a thin, open weave fabric that is used as a medical dressing. Gauze can be used to cleanse, pack, scrub, cover, and secure wounds.
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33. Spring is in the air! Most Americans will now be suffering from...

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  1. Sinus headaches
  2. Cabin fever
The sinuses are cavities within the bones of the face and skull which serve many functions. They help to decrease the weight of the skull, and they produce a type of mucus which moisturizes the inside of the nose.
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34. If a patient's cardiovascular system is having issues, which organs are being affected?

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  1. Heart, arteries, veins
  2. Ovaries, testes, uterus
The cardiovascular system, also called the circulatory system, consists of the heart and other vessels, arteries, veins, and capillaries. Blood in the circulatory system is pumped by the heart in a closed circuit.
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35. Your patient comes in with a swollen wrist and joints that feel a little loose. Your expert opinion tells you it's a/an...

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  1. Ligament
  2. Ailment
That's right! A ligament is flexible fibrous connective tissue which connects two bones OR cartilages, or it holds together a joint. It gives your joints support and limits their movement.
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36. Women can only get "gestational diabetes" during...

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  1. Death
  2. Pregnancy
Gestational diabetes, which starts during pregnancy, usually disappears after giving birth. It is most common among women in their second or third trimesters.
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37. The aorta is the largest __________ in the body.

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  1. Artery
  2. Blood cell
The aorta is the main artery in the body. It carried blood away from the heart to deliver oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body, including the brain and muscles.
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38. You need to intubate your patient. It means you...

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  1. Put their clothes in the hospital's laundry
  2. Place a breathing tube down their airway
Intubating someone is a fancy way to say that a breathing tube has been placed down their airway to help them breathe. After a patient is intubated, they can be put on a ventilator.
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39. You're checking your patient's carotid pulse. Where are your fingers?

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  1. Under the big toe
  2. The neck
What's the beat you can feel in your neck when you check your carotid pulse? That's the different volumes of blood flowing from the heart into the brain.
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40. A chronic disease is...

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  1. A disease that persists for two days or less
  2. A disease that persists for a long time
According to the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, a chronic disease is one that lasts for 3 or more months and can get worse over time. Generally, they cannot be prevented by vaccines or cured by using medication — for example, diabetes, heart disease, different cancers.
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41. You see a patient who says they have blood clots. You decide to give them...

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  1. Blood thinners
  2. A neck massage
Blood thinners are medications that are taken to prevent blood clot formation. Blood clots can stop the flow of blood through and to different organs. They can be taken orally (through the mouth) or intravenously (through a vein).
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42. You learned in school that the patella was also called the...

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  1. Buttocks
  2. Knee cap
You might know the patella better as your knee cap! What do you have in common with an ostrich? Turns out, ostriches are the only other animals with double-kneecaps.
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43. You need to give your patient CPR because...

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  1. Their heart stopped beating
  2. Their fingernail came off
The acronym CPR stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation. It is an emergency lifesaving technique that is performed when the heart stops beating. Beginning this procedure can double to triple the chances of survival after cardiac arrest.
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44. What eye infection is scientifically known as conjunctivitis?

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  1. Contact lenses
  2. Pink eye
Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is the inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva: the transparent membrane that covers the white part of the eyeball. When the small blood vessels become inflamed, they are more visible, giving a reddish or pink color to the eye.
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45. You see a bruise with yellow coloring. It is most likely:

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  1. A mushroom fungus growing under the skin
  2. Healing from trauma
Yellow bruises are a sign that the body is healing from trauma. It's most likely between 10 and 14 days old.
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46. Your patient's cancer has metastasized. What does this mean?

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  1. It has spread
  2. It has disappeared
To metastasize is to spread to other parts of the body by either the blood or lymphatic vessels. It is usually used to describe cancer cells or tumors. The cells that metastasize can form secondary tumors.
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47. A patient walks in who can't taste whether his food has been seasoned. Where do you check?

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  1. Scalp
  2. Tongue
The average tongue is about 3 inches long. The tongue that holds the Guinness World Record for the longest tongue in the world is nearly 4 inches!
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48. When you're checking to see if a patient’s pupil is responding to light, you are testing the pupil's ____________.

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  1. If their eyesight is as good as a superhero's
  2. Reactivity
Testing the pupils’ reactivity to light can provide important diagnostic information about a patient’s intracranial pressure. Shining a light into the eye causes the pupils to constrict, allowing less light in. Lower light intensity causes the pupil to dilate, allowing more light inside.
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49. A urinalysis test needs a sample of...

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  1. Urine
  2. Hair
Why perform a urinalysis? Doctors analyze urine in order to assess the presence of disease, drugs, etc.
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50. If you're looking for a chromosome, in what part of the cell would you look?

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  1. Nucleus
  2. Chloroplast
Chromosomes are thread-like structures located in the nucleus of animals and plant cells. Made of proteins and DNA, chromosomes are passed from parent to offspring and contains the genetic instructions of the organism.
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