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Hey guys, I’m a little confused. I want to become a neurologist; working in a medical environment, what are the steps I need to take into account and will help me from 6Form and onwards??
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I know that in a biochemistry degree you can specialise in neuroscience, so maybe look into that
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Hey guys, I’m a little confused. I want to become a neurologist; working in a medical environment, what are the steps I need to take into account and will help me from 6Form and onwards??
Thankyou.
A neurologist is a medical doctor who has specialised in neurology, so you will need to go to medical school, complete the foundation programme, enter core medical training, and then neurology specialty training.

You have to be interested in being a doctor in general first and foremost though. Which involves studying and working in areas which have very little direct relevance to neurology e.g. obstetrics, gynaecology, cardiology, general surgery, GP etc. Some work experience would be very useful in helping you figure out if medicine is generally your cup of tea or not.

A BSc in neuroscience, biochemistry, etc will not make you a neurologist - the only route in is via a medical degree.

Lots more info here on grades, work experience etc:

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/Medicine

https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/exp...cine/neurology

https://www.medschools.ac.uk/media/2...al-schools.pdf

https://www.medschools.ac.uk/studying-medicine
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I know people who wanted to do medicine, but ending up doing bio-medicine and then specialising in neurology, so this could be an option.
You cannot specialise in neurology without doing a medical degree first. Ever. A neurologist is a doctor first and foremost and that means going to medical school and studying medicine. Not biomedical sciences or neuroscience or neuropsychology or anything else. Just medicine.
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Ooooh an aspiring neurologist how exciting! Thanks for tagging me. I'll pop back in a sec to give you a lowdown of our profession. (Cannot contain excitement)
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Ooooh an aspiring neurologist how exciting! Thanks for tagging me. I'll pop back in a sec to give you a lowdown of our profession. (Cannot contain excitement)
I must admit it is refreshing to see someone who is so enthusiastic about their speciality
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Hey guys, I’m a little confused. I want to become a neurologist; working in a medical environment, what are the steps I need to take into account and will help me from 6Form and onwards??
Thankyou.
Ok... you'll need some work experience in neurology to let you know what it's going to be like (even though I can tell you it's amazing). Try and arrange that in a teaching [big city] hospital (district general [smaller cities / big towns] hospital neurology exists but it's less extensive).

Obviously do the basics - get a good UKCAT score and 3 As at A-Levels (+ work experience + extra curricular activities).

At medical school, see if you can find someone who is keen to teach extra neurology (e.g. me ) - it is usually poorly taught, unfortunately. Join the neuro-society (or equivalent), set it up if it doesn't exist.

Apply to Core Medical Training at Foundation Year 2, there are no specific requirements but it helps if you have a publication or presentation (not necessarilly in neurology).

At CMT things really start heating up, neurology is getting more competitive so try and do a Quality Improvement Project (or 2) in neurology if possible. Better if you have presented or published in neurology. Then apply to do Specialist Training in Neurology at ST3 level! (which is where I am now)

(Original post by lcschofield)
I know that in a biochemistry degree you can specialise in neuroscience, so maybe look into that
No you can't. Neurology is a medical specialty as it has been said. If you must do a biochemistry degree, then you have to do graduate entry medicine and specialise as above.

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I must admit it is refreshing to see someone who is so enthusiastic about their speciality
I am! It really is the best specialty out there (slightly biased )
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ecolier Thankyou so much; all the advice given was extremely helpful, and hearing from a Neurologist in training is beneficial! Do you know what subjects that are very helpful to choose in your 6Form/College years? Im hoping to choose 3-4 subjects, if that helps.
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Hey guys, I’m a little confused. I want to become a neurologist; working in a medical environment, what are the steps I need to take into account and will help me from 6Form and onwards??
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You need to study medicine to become a medical neurologist. Neuroscience is a very big area with a hell of a lot of researching happening.
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ecolier Thankyou so much; all the advice given was extremely helpful, and hearing from a Neurologist in training is beneficial! Do you know what subjects that are very helpful to choose in your 6Form/College years? Im hoping to choose 3-4 subjects, if that helps.

I did A2 Biology, Chemistry and Maths (+ General Studies which wasn't counted), and dropped Physics at AS. I think this is the standard for many many medical students. You could have chosen another subject instead of Maths but I would choose Biology and Chemistry then a subject of your choice (Psychology perhaps?)
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@ecolier I was planning to do; Biology, Physics and Psychology, but after hearing your choices would it be better to rethink choosing chemistry instead of physics?
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(Original post by georgem93)
You need to study medicine to become a medical neurologist. Neuroscience is a very big area with a hell of a lot of researching happening.
Lol you are only 5 hours late

(Original post by Studyinn)
@ecolier I was planning to do; Biology, Physics and Psychology, but after hearing your choices would it be better to rethink choosing chemistry instead of physics?
Many many medical schools (in fact most) will require Chemistry A-Level, so make sure you do it.
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Lol you are only 5 hours late



Many many medical schools (in fact most) will require Chemistry A-Level, so make sure you do it.
5 hours late is pretty good in my book 😂. Been a crazy day at work and then home to the thesis.
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