How to Become a Neurologist

Neurologists treat problems of the nervous system. They deal with the brain, spinal cord and central nervous system. As a neurologist you will work with, for example, patients with Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy or who have had trauma to the brain. You may also be involved in researching neurological conditions.

Before you can start your career in medicine, you will need to be a good student in high school. Upon finishing high school, you will have to get accepted to an accredited university. Make sure you include biology courses in your undergraduate studies. You will have to qualify as a licensed physician before you can consider specializing in neurology. The whole process will take several years [source: Degree Finders]. So let's see how you can become a neurologist.

  1. Earn a bachelor's degree in an area that will allow you to go to medical school afterwards.
  2. Choose a medical school that offers courses relevant to neurology. Get a medical degree that will be recognized in all hospitals.
  3. Fulfill your four year residency requirement.
  4. Get your license to practice medicine.
  5. Do an internship in neurology. You can only begin your internship after you're a licensed physician.
  6. Complete a residency training program in neurology.
  7. Get your board certification in neurology from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. This will involve passing written examinations.
  8. Keep up to date with all the developments in neurology.

Although you will now be a neurologist, you may want to undergo further training in a specialized area of neurology. As this can be expensive you could apply for a fellowship. You could, for example, choose to specialize in adult or pediatric neurology. In either case you will need to take additional examinations to become board certified in your chosen specialty [source: Admission Success].