Neurological Physician Training

Neurologists go through an extensive and challenging training program, with an average of 10-12 years of college education and clinical training. They are required to be excellent students from high school to university to be able to get into medical school. About 2-3 years of a bachelor’s degree is necessary; but because of the stringent requirements of medical school most finish a complete 4-year course. There’s no required undergraduate degree as long as certain courses have been taken.

To be eligible for medical school, applicants need to take the MCATs or Medical College Admission Test. Along with university grades and diploma, the result of the MCATs will be considered for the medical school admission. Exact requirements vary from school to school, but most include stringent tests.

Medical school takes about 3 to 4 years and covers basic medical education. Once completed, graduates are considered Doctors of Medicine, or MDs, but they need to pass the local licensure exam to be able to practice.

To achieve specialization in Neurology, they need to undergo additional training, or residency, at hospitals. This ranges from three to five years. In the US, one year is devoted to internal medicine while about three years are devoted to neurology.

Additional training as fellows of other neurologists is also typical. This fellowship typically lasts from one to two years. During this time, neurologists can choose their specialty in areas of neurology. They can choose to specialize in sleep medicine, movement disorders, clinical neurophysiology, neuro-rehabilitation, behavioral neurology, epilepsy, neuromuscular, stroke or vascular neurology and interventional neurology.

Additional licensure exams are required in some countries before starting specialist training in neurology. The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada handles this in Canada, while the United Kingdom has the examination for the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians.