What challenges are there to being a neurologist?
Hi, I'm a student in Alaska, and am interested in neuroscience and potentially becoming a specializing physician. What are the most challenging parts of being a neurologist? What are the most rewarding elements? What skills are absolutely essential to for a neurologist or for other physicians?
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I worked as a pediatric neurologist for some time and found it very rewarding. Neurologists are generelly very respected among their peer doctors because they understand the brain :-) Neurologists should like people because they will see them at their worst frustration (e.g. losing speech after a stroke) of have to accompany them for many years due to chronic illnesses such as epilepsy. Pediatric neurologist see more drama due to genetic diseases of which some lead to devastating outcomes, but adult-treating neurologists will, too.
In Germany psychaiatry is part of a neurologists training and everyday life at work as well.
Neuroscience is very rewarding and an immensely fast growing research fields promising to bring new medicines to once devastating diseases but also playing a role in artificial intelligence and devices that can restore functions of a once lost organ. So very exciting to get into as well.
My advice, do what interests you! Change ways if your interest changes. None of us will only have one career in their lifetime.
Best wishes from Berlin!