Student Affairs - Career Development - Neurology
Neurology requires one year of internal medicine, followed by three years of neurology training. Pediatric neurology requires two years of general pediatrics followed by three years of neurology training.
There are many subspecialties including: Vascular/Stroke; Movement Disorders; Headache; Multiple Sclerosis; Neuroimmunology; Neurophysiology; Neuromuscular; Epilepsy; Neurocritical Care; and Pediatrics. It is also possible to train in a combined program, such as Neurology/Psychiatry and Neurology/Internal Medicine.
Some specialties are primarily spent in the hospital, others are predominantly outpatient based. There is a wide variety of how much time is spent in clinic. Neurologists who specialize in neurocritical care and stroke may spend all of their time in the hospital.
Most neurologists spend the majority of time in clinic seeing patients, performing/interpreting neurodiagnostic testing with some time spent seeing hospital patients. In general, neurologists are consultants and are asked by another doctor to evaluate a patient for a neurological disorder.
- Detail oriented
- Intellectually curious
- Delving (need to relate well with patient)
Additionally, students may want to pursue research opportunities through the DeBakey Scholars Program. This program offers medical students the opportunity to pursue and complete a longitudinal, structured, closely supervised research experience culminating in a capstone presentation prior to graduation. For more information, contact Dr. Kenneth Mitchell.
Students interested in neurology may want to consider the following electives: Neurological Critical Care; Pediatric Neurology; Outpatient Neurology; Stroke. Additionally, students interested in specializing in neurology may want to take their sub-internship in neurology.
There are no special considerations when applying for residency. Be aware, however, that some programs include an internship years, while others do not. You will need to arrange for your own internship year with those that do not provide one.
Be sure to make your personal statement personal. You should reflect on your own experiences, and how these contributed to your decision to pursue neurology.
Only apply to programs in geographical areas in which you want to go. There’s no sense in applying to programs you have no intention of going to.
Away rotations can hurt your chances of matching at a program if you don’t put your best foot forward. Be prepared to give 120% to an away rotation if you choose to do one.