I've been feeling a sense of hostility towards this exam for some time now. It just had to be done and put to rest however. Last week I made the trip, racking up miles and spending lots of cash to see it put to rest. The best part of it all was the Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches. Although my classmates and I were only in Philadelphia for a 24 hour period, we couldn't stop at one sandwich and filled our glutinous desires with a couple. I never would have thought Cheese Whiz on steak could taste so good.
Although I am not allowed to share information about the test in particular since it would violate the policies and jeopardize my grade, I will say it was quite unique moving from room to room in so short a time frame. If that was any indication of what clinical practice will be like, I had better get used to things soon. I don't know if anybody walks out of that exam feeling confident that they solidified a passing grade. All we can do is hope that we put our best foot forward and let our experience do the talking. The rest is in the hands of the graders to determine our fate. So begins the long wait in agony for a pass/fail test result. At least I have a 50% chance of doing well.
Question of the Week
During a bitterly cold winter, an elderly couple is found dead in
their apartment. All of their windows are closed and their leaky old
furnace is on full. Which of the following is the primary mechanism
by which the toxin involved led to the death of this couple?
A. Decreasing intracellular calcium
B. Inhibition of cytochrome oxidase
C. Inhibition of Na+/K+ ATPase
D. Irreversibly binding to hemoglobin
E. Stimulation of cellular apoptosis
Answer & Explanation