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The neurologist is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the nervous system - the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves, and certain muscle disorders and pain problems, especially headache. Many neurologic disorders require long-term care, and some are untreatable. There are close ties between the specialties of neurology and psychiatry - board certification is offered by a combined board of psychiatry and neurology - and practitioners often consult with each other on patient care.
- Number of physicians in specialty - Small, less than 15,000
- Competiveness of residency - Medium
- Years of training required - Three years after a required preliminary residency year in general internal medicine
- Sub-specialty/combined training - One year fellowships are available in pain medicine, clinical neurophysiology, neuromuscular medicine, and endovascular surgical neuroradiology. There are a small number of 5 year combined residencies in internal medicine/neurology and psychiatry/neurology and a 7 year combined program in neurology/diagnostic radiology/neuroradiology.
Two years of pediatrics residency or a two year combination of pediatrics and neurology is required prior to 3 years of training for child neurology.
Values & Personality Traits of Physicians in Neurology
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- Good income
- Working with my mind
- Working with people
- Sufficient time off
- Working with my hands
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