Treat patients who have brain, spinal cord, and nerve conditions.

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~ $172,000

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What do Neurologists do?

Neurologists are Doctors who specialize in the nervous system. They work at hospitals, clinics, and private offices, where their job is diagnosing and treating conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. Those conditions include but are not limited to epilepsy, strokes, sleep disorders, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, meningitis, Tourette’s syndrome, comas, brain cancer, head trauma, and spinal injuries.

In figurative terms, bodies are a lot like cities. At the core is a teeming downtown (the brain, which serves as the hub of all activity) from which radiates a system of highways and roads (nerves) that deliver people and services to other parts of town. That makes the Neurologist Mayor of Human Body, USA.

As a Neurologist, you do all the usual tasks of a Physician, including consulting with patients, maintaining patient records, evaluating symptoms, diagnosing diseases, prescribing medications, and administering therapies. Because you deal with brain function, you — more than most Doctors — also study X-rays, CAT scans, and MRIs.

It’s likely that you have a specialty, either in certain conditions, procedures, or patient groups. If you perform brain or spinal surgeries, for instance, you’re a Neurosurgeon. If you treat children, on the other hand, you’re a Pediatric Neurologist. If you’re a researcher, meanwhile, you’re a Neuroscientist.

Regardless, you always have a laser focus on the human nervous system, which delivers electrical signals from the brain to the rest of the body in order to control everything from vision and language to movement and vital organ function. In a way, that makes you Mother Nature’s ultimate Electrician!

Should I be a Neurologist?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.

  • Also known as: Child Neurologist, Neuro-urologist

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