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Graduate Degrees in Neurology: Program Information

While graduate degrees in neurology aren't common, qualified students who already hold a medical degree might consider applying to a neurology fellowship program. Get additional information on prerequisites, certification and career data.

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Essential Information

Post-doctoral fellowship programs, which typically last 2-3 years, offer advanced education and research opportunities for students interested in a specialization in neurology. Intended for already licensed doctors wishing to focus on neurological research, these fellowships emphasize development of laboratory research and research administration skills, as well as acquisition of teaching experience.

Fellows spend the majority of their time working closely with other physicians and peers in a professional laboratory environment while conducting research studies. Students are expected to accompany physicians on rounds and master medical technologies used in diagnostic testing and research.

Admission Requirements

Fellowship applicants must have a completed either an M.D. (Medical Doctor) or a D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) program. Admission committees also look at letters of recommendation, academic achievements, professional experience and any notable awards or professional achievements.

Program Details

Fellowships are largely self-directed endeavors where students, along with advisors, devise their own unique courses of research study within the field of neurology. Some fellowship programs offer students to specialize their studies in fields, such as critical care neurology, epilepsy, pediatric neurology, cell and gene therapy or neuro-onology. Instead of a set schedule of courses, students engage in the design, execution and analysis of directed research projects and acquire advanced knowledge and skill through close interaction with doctors and patients in a professional environment.

Possible Career Options

Although neurology is a specialized and focused career path, a variety of specializations are available within the field itself. Fellows often pursue a specific career path in neurology. Some possible career paths are:

  • Behavioral neurologist
  • Critical care neurologist
  • Geriatric neurologist
  • Epilepsy specialist
  • Neurological surgeon

Job Outlook and Salary Information

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projected job growth of 24%, faster than the average for all occupations, for all physicians and surgeons from 2010-2020. The BLS reported the mean annual salary for all of these professionals regardless of specialty was $190,060 as of May 2012.

Continuing Education and Certification Information

The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) offers a recognized professional certificate in neurology or neurology with a specialization in child neurology. Currently practicing doctors can obtain a certificate in neurology by passing the nationally standardized examination, which is typically offered during one week each year.

Practicing neurological physicians and surgeons are required to obtain new certificates every ten years, as mandated by the ABPN, and must adhere to the ABPN's maintenance of certification program. This program promotes life-long learning, and it ensures neurologists achieve a minimum set of basic skills and keep abreast of new studies, procedures and technologies.

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