My First Biochemistry Practical Exam!
Posted June 24, 2008on:
It was the first term examinations and the last subject (biochemistry) was left. I had worked very hard but was still worried. [This was my usual before any exam! 🙂 ]
It was the practical exam and viva-voce was on. At last my turn came! A lot of questions were asked and I did pretty well (I guess!). My professor was very happy with my answers, but wanted to check my knowledge further. (ab uski kya zarurat thi?)
“If you answer this one last question, I will give you extra marks over what I have already decided,” he said.
“Okay” I replied. (As if I had a choice!)
“What is the colour of the urine in Alcaptonuria?”
“Urine is of normal colour, but turns brown on standing,” I answered confidently. (The answer was right!)
But he was not satisfied, so he went on…
(Do you realize, initially, he had said he would ask only one more question?)
“Whom do you want to stand, urine or patient?”
“Patient,” the answer came automatically. (I swear, I didn’t think and answer!)
And your guess is correct, the answer was wrong… hopelessly wrong as it had nothing to do with my medical knowledge. It was a simple English language goof up!
My professor just smiled, patted me and asked me to read and understand the subject and not just mug up!
I was beet root red from embarrassment… but the damage was done! 😦
P.S. I did my schooling from a local language till 12th standard so was very bad at English then. Later, I cleared not only MBBS but also did MD with flying colours. Recently, I have cleared Cambridge University English examination with Grade A.