The medical resident had the perfect strategy to always get personalized service whenever he wanted. As new medical students rotating onto his service, he offered us a deal: “Okay, rookies, I am going to give you a short spelling test of common medical terms. If you get all five words correct, I will do one of your history and physical exams for you. If you miss any, you will have to run and get me a cup of coffee whenever I want for the next two weeks. Deal?”
We were all pretty confident spellers, being college graduates and all. “Deal,”
He rubbed his hands together. “You first, Campbell. Here are the words and their usual pronunciations:
- “Spell the name of the specialty that takes care of the eye (“Op-tha-mol-o-gy”).
- “Spell the name of the bony plate that the olfactory nerve passes through in the skull base. (“crib-a-form”)
- “Spell the name of the operation to fix a hernia. (“her-ne-or-a-fee”)
- “Spell the name of the chemical that is used to check for blood in the stool. (“gui-ack”)
- “Spell the name of the bony plates behind the maxilla (“ter-goid”)
- “And for bonus points, tell me the difference between a regimen and a regime.”
None of us got more than a couple of them correct. He spent the rest of the month with a smile on his face and a cup of coffee in his hand.
Answers to the Medical Resident’s Spelling Quiz:Ophthalmology
(most leave out the first “h.”)Cribriform
(most leave out the second “r.”)Herniorrhaphy
(most give up.)Guaiac
(most leave out the first “a.”)Pterygoid
(most leave out either the “p” or the “y.”)
And for the bonus points, a “regimen
” in medicine is a prescribed course of treatment. A “regime
” is a government, although some authorities insist the words are synonyms.
If you did great on the Medical Resident’s Spelling Quiz, try this grammar quiz
from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine!