The study of the human mind has long fascinated scientists and healers throughout the ages. From Plato’s Allegory of the Cave to modern neurological studies, we have long pursued a greater understanding of the complicated hardware and intricate programming of our brains.
Neurology is the branch of biology or medicine that deals the diagnosis and treatment of the nervous system. It is the study of nerves and the medical specialty related to the human nervous system. The specialist in this field is called as Neurologist.
Who are Neurologists?
Neurologists are medical doctors or osteopath who treat nervous system, spinal cord, brain, nerves, muscles and pain disorders. They are well-trained to investigate, diagnose and treat neurological disorders. They are also involved in clinical trials, clinical research and basic research.
A neurologist is trained in diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the nervous system, like Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy and other ailments of the brain, spinal cord and nerves.
- Candidates have to pass their 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
- After 12th, you can pursue for a national and state level medical entrance exam such as NEET (National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test), AIIMS 2020 (All India Institute of Medical Science), JIPMER (Jawaharlal Institute Postgraduate Medical Education & Research), etc for MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery). It is 5 ½ years duration Course.
- Further, you can go for MD (Doctor of Medicine) in general medicine or Pediatrics.
- After completing one of these courses, you can pursue for specialization in the field of Neurology.
- To get admission in specialization course, you have to appear for the entrance exam that is conducted by the various Institution
Skills to be a Neurologist
Neurologists will need strong communication and leadership skills, attention to detail, organizational skills, problem-solving skills, patience, empathy, and knowledge of human anatomy and the nervous system.
Where do they work?
Neurologists work in many healthcare-focused environments. This includes work in private practice as a specialist in a certain disorder or disease, or in clinics, hospitals, and other healthcare settings. Neurologists frequently focus on research and teaching. In India the scope of neurology is increasing as the number of patients increasing. The demand of neurologist is becoming large as the hospitals and health care centers are increasing. You can do the job in abroad in various universities and research centers. You can also work in various government/private hospitals in India. There are various job prospects in which aspirants can apply after his/her completion of course.