Neurology Jobs: Careers in Neurology

Published: 10th August 2009
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Those working neurology jobs will work with patients with all types of neurological problems and conditions. They can work in general neurology or they can choose to specialize in one of several different neurology sub-specialties. Those who choose to pursue neurology jobs will need to obtain the necessary education to become a medical doctor and those who choose a sub-specialty will need to obtain an additional one to three years of specialized education and training.

A very in demand and popular neurology job is that of a pain medicine specialist. Those who choose this neurology career path will work as a consultant or primary physician. They will provide a high level of care for patients with acute, cancer or chronic pain. They often work in both ambulatory and hospital settings. Neurology jobs in this sub-specialty of neurology will require high knowledge of the human body as well as medications and other pain management techniques.

Clinical neurophysiology is one of the more complex neurology jobs because it requires the ability to perform several different types of tests as well as advanced knowledge of the human body and nervous system. Neurologists who pursue this career path will specialize in the diagnosis and management of disorders associated with the peripheral, autonomic and central nervous systems. Diagnosing and managing these disorders uses a combination of electrophysiologic testing and clinical evaluation. Common electrophysiologic tests include electromyography (EMG), electroencephalography (EEG) and nerve conduction studies (NCS) as well as many other types of testing.

Hospice and palliative medicine is becoming a very popular neurology career path. Those purusing neurology jobs in this sub-specialty will work with patients experiencing life-limiting illnesses by preventing and alleviating their suffering. They do this through medications and other medical techniques as well as by helping to educate the patient about their neurological disorder.

Those pursuing neurology jobs in sleep medicine will work with patients experiencing a wide range of sleep disorders. They work to diagnose and manage the clinical conditions that occur when a patient is sleeping. These conditions disturb patients' sleep or disturb their sleep-wake cycle.

Those pursuing neurology jobs in neurodevelopmental disabilities will work with patients with chronic conditions that affect the maturing and development of a patients' nervous system. Those in this sub-specialty will work to diagnose and manage such conditions. Common neurodevelopmental disabilities include chronic behavioral syndromes, mental retardation, cerebral palsy and other similar neurologic conditions.

Those pursuing neurology jobs in vascular neurology will work with patients who are experiencing vascular diseases of the nervous system. Those who choose this sub-specialty will evaluate and treat these types of disorders as well as help patients recover from them. Those working in vascular neurology will also work to help patients prevent these types of neurologic disorders.

Those pursuing neurology jobs will have to go through a four-year neurology residency program after they complete their medical education. Those who are pursuing a neurology sub-specialty will be required to obtain additional education and training. This additional education and training can take anywhere from one to three years depending on the sub-specialty. Those working neurology jobs will also be required to obtain any applicable continuing medical education that is required to continue practicing medicine and neurology.
To learn more about careers in neurology visit the neurology jobs page for more information and how to apply for a job.


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