Neuronette

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I love the field of neuroscience and I envision myself becoming a neurologist one day (decided against neurosurgery due to the unstable lifestyle of surgeons).
I have two hospital volunteering experiences in neuro dept, have done research in two neuroscience labs and would like to shadow a neurologist. Is it worth volunteering in the ER and shadowing other specialties just in case? Would a med school admin view my background as being close-minded or anything like that?
 

mcloaf

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I love the field of neuroscience and I envision myself becoming a neurologist one day (decided against neurosurgery due to the unstable lifestyle of surgeons).
I have two hospital volunteering experiences in neuro dept, have done research in two neuroscience labs and would like to shadow a neurologist. Is it worth volunteering in the ER and shadowing other specialties just in case? Would a med school admin view my background as being close-minded or anything like that?
Eh, the only other area you could round out with would be family medicine, as apparently adcoms like that. I only shadowed EM and Urology, and nobody has cared. You'll get plenty of exposure to other fields in med school.

This is assuming your neuro volunteering had pt contact etc.
 
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I doubt they would hold that against you. With that said, go do a few shifts with a primary care doctors - admissions eat that stuff up.
 

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I love the field of neuroscience and I envision myself becoming a neurologist one day (decided against neurosurgery due to the unstable lifestyle of surgeons).
I have two hospital volunteering experiences in neuro dept, have done research in two neuroscience labs and would like to shadow a neurologist. Is it worth volunteering in the ER and shadowing other specialties just in case? Would a med school admin view my background as being close-minded or anything like that?
Haha I would argue that the neurosurgery lifestyle is stable, just a ton of work!

As mentioned, it might be worthwhile to shadow a pcp. Adcomms seem to like people interested in primary care and it would help keep you from being pegged as interested in neuro only.