USMLE Question of the Week

Understanding Psychiatric Defense Mechanisms

In Episode 19 of Med School Question of the Week for USMLE, Alisa Khomutova, MedSchoolCoach expert tutor, answers this medical school question:

A senior surgical resident berates his intern for forgetting to check a routine CBC for one of the service’s elective hernia repair patients. When he was an intern, he was constantly humiliated by his chief for even the slightest mistake. Which of the following defense mechanisms is this senior resident demonstrating?

  • Projection
  • Reaction Formation
  • Identification
  • Regression
  • Splitting
  • Passive Aggression

Watch to find out!

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