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The RCP's 4 neurology "secrets"

  1. Neurology is more straightforward than you think.
  2. Neurologists have effective treatments.
  3. Most neurologists are purely clinical - research is not essential.
  4. Neurologists do a lot of acute medicine.

Neurology as a career

What is Neurology?

Neurology is a medical specialty involving the management of conditions affecting the brain and nervous system. The range of patient groups in neurology is incredibly broad and this is part of the appeal of the specialty.

What kind of patients do neurologists see?

The most common problems we see in our new patients in clinic are headache, weakness, tingling and dizziness. Our long-term patients include those with multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, dementia and neuropathies. There are also lots of rare diseases – even very experienced neurologists see cases that challenge their diagnostic skills on a regular basis. This means that not all neurologists need to be alike: the skill mix for an academic neurologist working in motor neurone disease might be very different from that for a stroke neurologist running a hyperacute stroke unit.

But if your strengths include logical reasoning in the face of complex information, communication skills in difficult situations and psychological-mindedness then neurology might be the career for you!

Find out more

If that has piqued your interest you can meet more about what to expect from a career in neurology in this ABN Guide to Becoming a Neurologist, and from the RCP and JRCPTB.

There is also an ABNT Mentoring Programme to provide support for junior doctors who would like to pursue a career in neurology and information on ST3 recruitment here.

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