Why I Didn’t Do Neurology

Neurology was my last rotation of my third year of med school, and you guys, I Loved It. I found it so fascinating that for the first time ever, I didn’t mind staying long hours at the hospital. When I did the consult service, it was like solving little puzzles all day. And the residents and attendings were my favorites… I fit so well with them (being Nerdy McNerderson and all).

So why didn’t I do neurology?

I could list reasons, but there was one big reason that pretty much explained everything:

In the area of the country where I wanted to live to be near my husband, there were a total of eight neurology spots. Four of them were at a highly malignant program. And I felt that I wasn’t competitive enough to win one of four spots in a very desirable region of the country where I had zero connections. So I didn’t bother to try.

That said, here are the reasons I’m glad I didn’t do neurology:

1) The job market is tight right now in neurology.

2) Not much in the way of procedures if you don’t do a fellowship.

3) I think neurologists are much better at diagnosing than treating, especially in the area of stroke. I’m not impressed with the medications prescribed by neurologists. A neurologist friend of mine is convinced that neurontin is actually just a sugar pill.

4) A lot of neurologists are geeks, which is great. But a lot of them are also arrogant hyper-intellectual geeks, which is not so great.

I guess I can’t come up with too many reasons. For me, it was all about location, location, location.

Originally on Dr. Fizzy’s Blog

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Freida McFadden is a midwestern physician who has finally finally finally come to the end of her grueling medical training, and at last she has enough time to publish the wealth of cartoons she's created over the years. If you enjoy them, please comment. If you don't enjoy them, then you can just keep your fool mouth shut. Read the rest at Doccartoon.blogspot.com, and make sure to check out her books, A Cartoon Guide To Becoming A Doctor, and The Devil You Know, on Amazon!