​How To Become a Neurologist

By: Jackie Loera
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A neurologist is a docter who specializes in the treatment and diagnosis of disorders of the brain, spinal cord and central nerves, or nervous system. A neurologist orders and studies the results of biological, microscopic, chemical and bacteriological analyses of a patient's cerebro-spinal fluid and blood. In doing so, the neurologist is able to determine the nature and extent of a disorder or disease. Based on those results, a neurologist administers medications and drugs.

Neurologists can be found working in hospitals, clinics, universities, research facilities or in private practices. They can be either principle care providers or consultants and specialists to other physicians. The tasks of a neurologist include diagnosing, ordering and studying the results of analyses, identifying the presense of pathological blood conditions or parasites, prescribing and administering medications, ordering and studying the results of EEG's and x-rays, advising the contact of other medical specialists and treating diseases, disorders and injuries.

Steps to become a neurologist:
1. Get high school degree: 4 years (make sure to take math and science class)
2. Get a Bachelor's Degree in either Science or The Arts: 4 years
3. Volenteering at hospital or clinic
4. 2 years of undergraduate studies (required by some medical schools)
5. Medical School: 4 years
6. Internship: 1 to 2 years
7. Specialized residency training:3 years

After completing steps 1-6, someone studying to become a neurologist may attend the Miller School of Medicine or the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Salary:
The salary of a neurologist ranges from about 151 thousand dollars to 632 thousand dollars. The average salary of a neurologist in the US is about 236 thousand dollars. Entry level wages in the US vary from 140K to 170K.



$236,025 = US National Average Salary

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All Reported Salaries are Based in U.S. Dollars.


In conclusion, neurologists must be a hard workers who are willing to dedicate plenty of time to their field. A neurologist's work is said to be both very emotionally demanding and rewarding. In the end, all the years of education neurologists recieve do pay off and enable them to diagnose and treat patients and to research further into their field. They must be willing to learn on a day-to-day basis and work well with others. They can be found in either private practices or advising other docters in hospitals.

References:
http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=4553
http://www.careerplanner.com/DOT-Job-Descriptions/NEUROLOGIST.cfm
http://www.schoolsintheusa.com/careerprofiles_details.cfm?carid=521
http://www.answers.com/topic/neurologist-3
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http://neurology.med.miami.edu/x83.xm
http://www.einstein.yu.edu/neurology/index.aspx
http://www.cbsalary.com/national-salary-chart.aspx?specialty=Neurologist&cty=&sid=&kw=Neurologist&jn=jn023&edu=&tid=2949