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Becoming a Neurologist

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 Royal College of Physicians.


There is also an ABNT Mentoring Programme which has been set up to provide support for junior doctors interested in pursuing a career in neurology. Information on ST3 recruitment may be found here.

Contact Us

Association of British Neurologists
Ormond House
27 Boswell Street

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7405 4060

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