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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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Tatjana’s Answer

Hi there,

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.
Enjoy learning!
Best wishes from Berlin!

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Cynthia’s Answer

Although I am a clinical therapist, not a physician, I have taken a special interest in neuroscience. I find it fascinating and very helpful in counseling my clients, many of whom have substance abuse or process addictions, e.g., gambling, eating issues, and shopaholics. I have been tasked in my work by creating courses about neuroscience and addiction, and my clients have found it extremely helpful and beneficial to their recovery. Understanding how the mind/brain works in terms of addiction helps clients see the potential for healing and recovery. Neuroscience is becoming a key element in many master's programs for behavioral sciences. Understanding how the mind works can enhance our ability to join with our clients in their healing and recovery process.

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Here is a good article on combining neuroscience with psychology