A neurologist specializes in the evaluation and treatment of all types of disease or impaired function of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, muscles and autonomic nervous system, as well as the blood vessels that relate to these structures. The disorders include: stroke, brain and spinal tumors, muscular dystrophy, headache and other pain, meningitis, encephalitis, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders, multiple sclerosis and effects of systemic diseases, like high blood pressure and diabetes, on the nervous system.
Every specialty has unique factors they want each candidate to have in their residency application. NRMP conducts regular Program Director surveys to identify which parts of the residency application are most important in differing specialties. Among the information gathered, Program Directors were asked to cite factors they used to select candidates for interviews. They were also asked to rate each factor on a scale from 1 (least important) to 5 (most important).
|Total Training||4 years; most programs require a preliminary year in general internal medicine|
|Average Residency Salary||$59,165.90|
|Average Physician Salary||$301,000|
|Average Work Week||50.8 Hours|
|Peak Interview Months||October, December|
|Key Organizations and Societies:||American Board of Neurology
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
American College of Osteopathic Neurologists and Psychiatrists
American Neurological Association
Association of University Professors of Neurology
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Society for Neuroscience