Medical Assisting Orientation Entrance Exam

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Medical Assisting Orientation Entrance Exam


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  • 1. 
    Read the following scenarios carefully and answer the corresponding questions.Scenario #1Dr. Jennifer Hathaway, a primary care physician in a suburb of Chicago starts her day with 25 files piled on her desk, representing the 25 patients that she will see in the next eight hours. Her first patient is Eleanor, a healthy 45-year-old woman, who works as a software engineer. Eleanor is waiting for the doctor in the examining room after Dr. Smith’s medical assistant has taken her vitals and weight, draws blood and does an EKG, which she attaches to Eleanor’s chart. Eleanor has also filled in an update form that has been placed at the front of her chart.Dr. Hathaway enters the examining room, carrying Eleanor’s file. She gives it a quick glance noting Eleanor’s weight, blood pressure, and a note about headaches. She greets Eleanor, shakes her hand and warmly welcomes her back for her annual visit, observing stress in Eleanor’s face and a slight tremor in the handshake. Eleanor has been a patient for the past 10 years, and they banter back and forth about her general health and her family. While examining Eleanor, Dr. Hathaway asks about any new issues or changes, as she has not had time to read the update form that Eleanor filled out. When she is finished Dr. Hathaway suggests that Eleanor get dressed, and meet her in her office.While she is waiting for Eleanor, Dr. Hathaway quickly reads her update form and skims through her record, seeking information from the last visit. As they talk Dr. Hathaway takes copious notes in longhand. She tells Eleanor that her blood pressure is quite high compared to a year ago and suggests that could be the cause of her headaches. She recommends that Eleanor start a hypertension medication and have a stress test. She writes out prescriptions and slips for lab work, which she hands to Eleanor, reassuring her that there is nothing to worry about.After the visit, Dr. Hathaway collects and reviews all of Eleanor’s labs and test results and within a couple of weeks she sends Eleanor a note indicating that her stress test and other blood work is normal, but her cholesterol is high. She encloses a prescription for a cholesterol medication and tells Eleanor to call if she has questions.Unfortunately, the cholesterol medication makes Eleanor dizzy so she calls the office the next day and leaves a message. Dr. Hathaway calls her back, but Eleanor is not there. It takes three days and two more rounds of telephone calls before the doctor and Eleanor connect. Dr. Hathaway tells Eleanor to immediately stop what she is taking and indicates that she will call a new drug into the pharmacy. There is no further communication between Dr. Hathaway and Eleanor until her next visit six months later.1. What were the tasks the Medical Assistant performed prior to the doctor seeing the patient? 2. How does Dr. Hathaway review Eleanor’s patient information? 3. What physical signs does Dr. Hathaway observe to help make a diagnosis? 4. After tests and blood work, what does Dr. Hathaway prescribe to Eleanor? 5. What is the problem with the initial prescription Dr. Hathaway prescribes? 
  • 2. 
    Scenario #2Dr. James Thatcher, who practices general medicine in a community just outside Atlanta, GA, is proud of the fact that, after much time, expense, and energy, his office has installed a new computer system with electronic records for all of his patients, a medications database, and e-prescribing capability. Dr. Thatcher and his staff spent a weekend in training to help them use and understand the new computer system.When his patient Dan, a retired 80-year-old contractor with asthma and high blood pressure, comes in for his six-month visit, he gives his medical card to an office attendant, who looks up his patient record on the computer and confirms his identity and birth date. Dan is still asked to fill out a paper update form that he struggles with as he tries to remember all of the dosages for his medications and recall his family medical history.As Dan enters the exam room, Dr. Thatcher is at the computer reviewing his electronic medical record (EMR). They talk for a few minutes and after examining Dan, the doctor notes the start of a bronchial infection. While Dan waits, Dr. Thatcher searches his new medication database to find the right antibiotic to treat Dan’s bronchitis. The computer returns with a list of three medications that would be appropriate, and flags one of the medications that Dan’s health plan will not accept. The doctor makes his choice and electronically transmits the prescription to Dan’s local pharmacy where the computer prints a concise set of instructions including a warning on potential side effects and directions about how Dan should take the drug.Once again Dr. Thatcher turns his attention to Dan and together they review Dan’s electronic medical record on the computer and discuss some of the most recent entries. Dr. Thatcher prints a list of web links where Dan can find information about the new prescription and other medical issues. Dan’s prescription is waiting when he arrives at the pharmacy on his way home.6. What does the office attendant do to check in Dan? 7. What type of records system does Dr. James Thatcher implement in his practice? 8. What does Dan struggle with on check-in? How could he be more prepared next time? 9. What was one of the benefits of the EMR system exhibited in the scenario? 10. What is a drawback that could be encountered using an electronic system with a patient Dan’s age? 
  • 3. 
    Read the following sentences, find the grammatical error and select the corresponding letter. Answer options are given in order of sentence progression.
  • 4. 
    11. Illiteracy is an enormous problem, it affects millions of people worldwide, and is an impediment to social progress.  
    • A. 

      A) problem

    • B. 

      B) affects

    • C. 

      C) worldwide

    • D. 

      D) Impediment to

    • E. 

      E) No error

  • 5. 
    12. The company president has taken steps to ensure that she can handle the pressure and anxiety associated with the job, including joining a yoga class and enlisting the support of a network of friends. 
    • A. 

      A) has taken

    • B. 

      B) she can handle

    • C. 

      C) associated with

    • D. 

      D)including

    • E. 

      E) No error

  • 6. 
    13. If you are sure that you are in the right, you would not mind an independent examination of the case. 
    • A. 

      A) sure that

    • B. 

      B) right

    • C. 

      C) would not

    • D. 

      D) examination

    • E. 

      E) no error

  • 7. 
    14. The union insisted on an increase in their members’ starting pay, and threatened to call a strike if the company refused to meet the demand. 
    • A. 

      A) insisted

    • B. 

      B) their

    • C. 

      C) members'

    • D. 

      D) refused to

    • E. 

      E) No error

  • 8. 
    15. Television viewers claim that the number of scenes depicting alcohol consumption have increased dramatically over the last decade. 
    • A. 

      A) that the number

    • B. 

      B) depicting

    • C. 

      C) have increased

    • D. 

      D) over the last decade

    • E. 

      C) No error

  • 9. 
    16. Employees with less personal problems are likely to be more productive. 
    • A. 

      A) less

    • B. 

      B) are

    • C. 

      C) likely

    • D. 

      D) more

    • E. 

      E) No error

  • 10. 
    17. The three richest men in America have assets worth more than the combined assets of the sixty poorest countries of the world. 
    • A. 

      A) have assets

    • B. 

      B) than the

    • C. 

      C) combined assets

    • D. 

      D) of the world

    • E. 

      E) No error

  • 11. 
    18. Shipwrecked on a desert island, coconuts and other fruits formed the basis of the sailor’s diet. 
    • A. 

      A) shipwrecked

    • B. 

      B) other fruits

    • C. 

      C) formed

    • D. 

      D) sailor's

    • E. 

      E) No error

  • 12. 
    19. Fifty percent of the people alive today have never made a phone call, but thirty percent still have no electricity connections to their homes. 
    • A. 

      A) have never

    • B. 

      B) but thirty

    • C. 

      C) still have no

    • D. 

      D) their homes

    • E. 

      E) No error

  • 13. 
    20. The rhododendron, which ornaments so many English gardens, is not native to Europe. 
    • A. 

      A) which

    • B. 

      B) so many

    • C. 

      C) is not native

    • D. 

      D) to Europe

    • E. 

      E) No error

  • 14. 
    Read the following questions and correct the underlined sentence using the answers available.
  • 15. 
    21. Trying to keep her balance on the icy surface, the last competitor's ski-tip caught the pole and somersaulted into the soft snow.
    • A. 

      A. the last competitor's ski-tip caught the pole and somersaulted into the soft snow.

    • B. 

      B. the ski-tip of the last competitor caught the pole and somersaulted in the soft snow.

    • C. 

      C. the last competitor caught the pole with the tip of her ski, and somersaulted into the soft snow.

    • D. 

      D. the last competitor caught the pole with her ski-tip, which made her somersault into the soft snow.

    • E. 

      E. the last competitor somersaulted into the soft snow when the tip of her ski was caught by the pole.

  • 16. 
    22. The temperature dropped suddenly last night, which will mean that the shoots emerging from the soil will be killed by the frost.
    • A. 

      A. which will mean that the shoots emerging from the soil will be killed by the frost.

    • B. 

      B. which will mean that the frost will kill the shoots emerging from the soil.

    • C. 

      C. and this will mean that the shoots emerging from the soil will be killed by the frost.

    • D. 

      D. and the resulting frost will kill the shoots that are emerging from the soil.

    • E. 

      E. and as a result, the shoots will be killed by the frost, emerging from the soil.

  • 17. 
    23. The impostor eluded detection for so long because she conducted herself as though she were a licensed practitioner.
    • A. 

      A. as though she were a licensed practitioner.

    • B. 

      As though she was a licensed practitioner.

    • C. 

      C. like she was a licensed practitioner.

    • D. 

      D. like as if she was a licensed practitioner.

    • E. 

      E. as if she was a practitioner with a license.

  • 18. 
    24. Being abandoned by our friends is the cause of great sorrow for us.
    • A. 

      A. Being abandoned by our friends is the cause of great sorrow for us.

    • B. 

      B. Our being abandoned by our friends is the cause of great sorrow.

    • C. 

      C. Being abandoned by our friends, we feel great sorrow.

    • D. 

      D. Abandoned by our friends, sorrow is the result.

    • E. 

      E. We feel great sorrow when our friends abandon us.

  • 19. 
    25. Among the many reasons for his defeat in the election was his arrogant assumption that his constituents were incapable of understanding economic conditions, and his unwarranted attack on his chief opponent.
    • A. 

      A. was his arrogant assumption that his constituents were incapable of understanding economic conditions

    • B. 

      B. were his arrogant assumption that his constituents were incapable of understanding economic conditions

    • C. 

      C. were his arrogant assumptions that his constituents were incapable of understanding economical conditions

    • D. 

      D. were his arrogant assumption that his constituents would be incapable of understanding economics

    • E. 

      E. was the arrogant assumption that his constituents was incapable of understanding economic conditions

  • 20. 
    26. More and more holidaymakers are choosing to fly to remote islands in search of the perfect beach; seeking sand, sun and palm trees, rather than centers of entertainment.
    • A. 

      A. ; seeking sand, sun and palm trees, rather than centers of entertainment.

    • B. 

      B. ; seeking sad, sun, palm trees and not entertainment.

    • C. 

      C. , with sand, sun, palm trees and no entertainment.

    • D. 

      D. , they seek sand, sun and palm trees, rather than entertainment centers.

    • E. 

      E. ; they seek sand, sun and palm trees, rather than centers of entertainment.

  • 21. 
    27. The government requires that these forms should be submittedbefore the end of the financial year.
    • A. 

      A. that these forms should be submitted

    • B. 

      B. that these forms be submitted

    • C. 

      C. for these forms to be submitted

    • D. 

      D. these forms submission

    • E. 

      E. these forms should be submitted

  • 22. 
    28. After arduous months of fighting, the sight of the white flag being raised generated as much relief on the victor's side than it did on the vanquished.
    • A. 

      A. as much relief on the victor's side than it did on the vanquished.

    • B. 

      B. as much relief among the victors as among the vanquished.

    • C. 

      C. as much relief on the victor's side as it did on the vanquished's.

    • D. 

      D. relief both on the victor's side as well as on the vanquished's.

    • E. 

      E. relief both for the victor and the vanquished side.

  • 23. 
    29. The best way to encourage innovative thinking is not to promise financial rewards for ideas, but to ensure that the person making the suggestion receives recognition for his contribution.
    • A. 

      A. but to ensure that the person making the suggestion receives recognition for his contribution.

    • B. 

      B. but to ensure that the person who makes the suggestion will be receiving recognition for his contribution.

    • C. 

      C. but rather by ensuring that the person making the suggestion receives recognition for his contribution.

    • D. 

      D. but rather ensure that suggestion-maker receives recognition for his contribution.

    • E. 

      E. but instead make sure that the suggestion-maker will receive recognition.

  • 24. 
    30. It ought to be her with whom you share your secrets, not me.
    • A. 

      A. her with whom you share your secrets, not me

    • B. 

      B. her with whom you share your secrets, not I.

    • C. 

      C. she with whom you share your secrets, not me.

    • D. 

      D. she with whom you share your secrets, not I.

    • E. 

      E. her with who you share your secrets, not me.

  • 25. 
    32. Find the sum: 9,808 + 3,431 =