ABIM Exam Prep: The “Power” of Knowing Your Reflexes

When preparing for the ABIM Internal Medicine board examination, realize that noting the reflexes mentioned in a clinical vignette can serve as a high-yield clue and often help narrow down the differential. Here is a list of 15 common medical conditions from the ABIM Learning Objectives and their associated reflexes.


In true Knowmedge style, let’s first show you a concise, colorful slide: USMLE Step 1 Concept review Reflexes

Figure 1: Common ABIM Reflexes (click image to enlarge)




1. Serotonin Syndrome (when SSRIs are combined with MAO inhibitors OR tramadol OR linezolid OR triptans)


2. Multiple Sclerosis


3. Sub-Acute Combined Degeneration


4. Multi-Infarct Dementia


5. Transverse Myelitis


6. Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD)




7. Alzheimer’s Disease


8. Myasthenia Gravis




9. Eaton-Lambert Syndrome


10. West Nile Virus


11. Toluene Toxicity (glue sniffing)


12. Colchicine Myopathy


13. Depression




14. Hypothyroidism




15. Guillain-Barre Syndrome


Do you know any others? Please share with us below. We always love learning new medical facts and helping others prepare for the ABIM exam.

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