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Picking a Specialty:Pre-Med

I'm going to be a pre-med student next fall and was wishing to pursue neuroscience to hopefully become a neurologist. I was wondering if choosing a specialty after medical school is worth it since it is so competitive and the spaces for residency are so limited? #doctor #neuroscience #neurologist #medicine #healthcare


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Richard’s Answer

You will pick a specialty during 3rd or 4th year of medical school. During college and the first 2 years of medical school just focus on getting good grades and learning as much as possible.

During 3rd year of medical school you will get work experience in the major specialties. During 4th year you can do rotations in some of the subspecialties.

During 4th year you will apply for a residency and get training in that specialty. After residency you can sub-specialize by completing a fellowship.

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Rongyin’s Answer

As a neurologist in China, we should treat inpatients and outpatients with cerebrovascular disease such as ischemic stroke and intracerebral hemorrhage, migraine, epilepsy, central nervous system infection, alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and NMO, and lots of night duties.

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Naiara’s Answer

Hi Riley,

It is great that you are considering a career in medicine! After medical school, you will have your MD or DO degree, however, you are required to do specialty training/residency in order to have a license to practice. Even if you want to be a general doctor or primary care doctor, that still requires residency training. Do not be discouraged, it is a great learning opportunity and goes by fast. Good luck with your pre-med studies!


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