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    Once you have specialised and become a consultant in a paticular field of medicine, can you then change? Is this common?

    For example, if you specilized in neurology and you decided you wanted to be a neurosurgeon instead would the change be easy? The neurosurgery course takes like 6-7 years to do, could this be speeded up because neurology is closely related? I'm thinking not but am intrigued. Same goes for a cardioloist and heart surgeon.

    Of course financially it could be difficult because your salary will be cut.

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    yes

    if you wanted to change you'd do it waay before 7 years though
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    yh, if you do develop interest in another you can just learn like you did before and do the exams.

    its normal and some do that aswel
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    I was using neurology and neurosurgery as an example and some of the parts to the 6-7 neurosurgery training programme include learning about neurology so I assume you could skip those parts especially if you had been practicing in neurology.
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    basically if you are changing from non surgery to surgery is that difficult if they're closely related and would it take the full time or could you speed it up?
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    (Original post by muddywaters51)
    Once you have specialised and become a consultant in a paticular field of medicine, can you then change? Is this common?

    For example, if you specilized in neurology and you decided you wanted to be a neurosurgeon instead would the change be easy? The neurosurgery course takes like 6-7 years to do, could this be speeded up because neurology is closely related? I'm thinking not but am intrigued. Same goes for a cardioloist and heart surgeon.

    Of course financially it could be difficult because your salary will be cut.

    thank you
    Would make sense to change earlier in career?

    Even then, you've wasted a few years and are behind other candidates
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    No you can't just do neurology, become a consultant and then decide you want to be a neurosurgeon again and cut out lots of training.

    It is difficult to change specialties and you will very rarely stay at the same level if you do so. You will have to reapply and begin training again for the vast majority of specialities.
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    You can, it's getting much more difficult though (not that it was ever remotely easy) and as Sarky says, if you're making a big change you'd return to ST/CT1.
 
 
 
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