Neurologist Hayden & Charles

Definition and Description:

Tasks: Neurologists are experts at the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders, including stroke, dementia and neuromuscular diseases. They have to be able to identify any neurological disease that can affect humans.

Work Environment and Conditions: Neurologists may work in hospitals, clinics or universities treating patients, conducting research or teaching students. Neurologists usually work indoors, in a pleasant environment and well-lit examination rooms. However, as most other physicians do, they are not able to follow a 40-hour workweek.

Education and Training:

Required Education and Training: Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree; clinical residency, often followed by a fellowship in a specialized area. Other requirements include a medical license. You must complete college and then attend medical school afterwards. After that, you must pass the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). At that point, a doctor enters a residency in neurology that usually lasts three or four years. This residency may include rotations in related specialties and sub-specialties like behavioral neurology, multiple sclerosis and child neurology. It usually takes about 8-10 years to complete college and medical school to become a neurologist.

Opportunities for Advancement:

To receive a promotion, neurologists usually have to be very experienced and work for an extended amount of time. Throughout this time, neurologists are able to learn the best ways to treat patients, best ways to tend to the family's needs, as well as performing to the best of their abilities. If any of these requirements are not met, the neurologists typically will not receive a promotion or advancement.

Salary and Benefits:

Average Salary: 218,000

Highest Career Salary: 646,000

Benefits of being a neurologist: You are respected, the work is rewarding, and if you get hurt at the job you are already in a hospital.

Aptitudes and Values Required:

They require precision and communication skills, as well as an ability to think outside a given pattern and come up with sometimes unprecedented solutions. Also, neurologists learn to put their patients first in anything they do.

Quiz: 1. What do neurologists do? (A) diagnose and treat neurological disorders (B) sell insurance (C) perform surgery on brains (D) diagnose viruses

2. How long does it take to go through medical school to be a neurologist? (A) one month (B) 5-7 years (C) 8-10 years (D)3-4 years

3. Where do neurologists work? (A) at their house (B) in a hospital (C) in an office (D) at the White House

4. How much does the average neurologist make? (A) 200,000 (B) 100,000 (C) 199,999 (D) 218,000

5. What degree do neurologists need to have? (A) M.D. degree (B) bachelor's degree (C)high school diploma (D) none of the above

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