Neurologist: Dream Job

By: Jamie Patton

What do they do?

Neurologist diagnose a patient’s sleep disorder using brain wave, eye movement, and breathing data collected during a sleep study.Collect brain wave data from a child to determine if her seizures are due to epilepsy or another disorder.Use MRI’s of a car accident victim’s brain to see how badly he or she was injured, and determine the best treatment.Administer reflex exams during a neurological examination in order to detect if a patient’s nervous system has been damaged.

Neurology life


Training, Other QualificationsThe common path to practicing as a neurologist requires 8 years of education beyond high school and 3–8 additional years of internship and residency. All states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories license physicians.Education and TrainingTo become a board-certified neurologist, several requirements must be met:Four years of premedical education in a college or university. Four years of medical school resulting in an MD or DO degree (doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathy degree).One-year internship in either internal medicine or in medicine/surgery.At least 3 years of specialty training in an accredited neurology residency program.Other QualificationsPeople who want to become neurologists must have a desire to serve patients, be self-motivated, and be able to survive the pressures and long hours of medical education and practice. Physicians also must have a good bedside manner, emotional stability, and the ability to make decisions in emergencies. Prospective physicians must be willing to study throughout their career to keep up with medical advances.