Xena: Warrior Reflex Tester

Question:  In the entire medical world, is there anything more satisfying than walking up to a patient and successfully hitting all 5 major tendon reflexes on the first try?

In my head, I blew the smoke off my reflex hammer and twirled it into my lab coat.

In real life, however, I was then supposed to answer questions that showed I knew Actual Facts about reflex arcs – and since a reflex arc is not a lung, that didn’t go so well.  (“Reflex Arc?  Ah.  Well.. there’s a Golgi Tendon Organ there, that’s the thing.” <– my helpful response, courtesy of a $25,000 Neurobiology degree.  Excuse me while I sob.)

So I doubt that my anatomy skills will qualify me for neurology – but I might be able to hack it if they invent a subspecialty that involves nothing but reflex testing.  THAT WOULD BE AN AWESOME THING.

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7 thoughts on “Xena: Warrior Reflex Tester

  1. At this point in my career do you honestly think I remember how the reflex arc works? Hell no. I only care if you have them, or not, or if they’re asymmetric.

    It’s like driving a car. I only car if it works. I don’t remember how it works anymore.

  2. What Grumpy said. I was like, “Golgi what??” I don’t even remember having to know that for step 1.

    Point being, I don’t think you can rule neurology out on that basis at all. In fact, your reflex testing acumen + your love of psychiatry indicates to me that it might just be the perfect fit.

    🙂

  3. You’ll see when you get on rotation that your job consists less of “how does this complicated mechanistic pathway work” and more “get me the information I need to make the diagnosis”

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