Neurology Low Satisfaction and Burnout

Discussion in 'Neurology' started by numbersloth, Apr 18, 2017.

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  1. numbersloth

    numbersloth 2+ Year Member

    Mar 26, 2015
    Why is neurology one of the least satisfied specialties? Why is the burnout rate so high?
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  3. liquidshadow22

    liquidshadow22 Junior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jun 23, 2006
    Neurology is similar to practicing internal medicine ( General internal medicine satisfaction is 25% per medscape). You deal with a lot of sick patients and it can be high stress, particularly in the inpatient world. You really need to enjoy taking care of people, there's not that much fancy neuroscience to learn. If you really like doing neuro exams and love neuroimaging, it can be worth it; it won't be an easy residency, but lifestyle can be better after residency.
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  4. NeuroKlitch


    Mar 23, 2017
    Would something like behavioral neurology be more aimed at neuroscience ?

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  5. numbersloth

    numbersloth 2+ Year Member

    Mar 26, 2015
    From my understanding, behavioral neurology is much more similar to developmental psychology than neuroscience (you tend to work with a lot of clinical psychologists). Someone with more knowledge probably could give you a more full-fledged answer.
  6. On Walden Pond

    On Walden Pond 7+ Year Member

    May 7, 2009
    I'm close friends with a neurologist at Kaiser and she regrets going into it sadly. Said wished she had picked another specialty and said it's only worth it if you're fellowship trained. Apparently too much stress, she sees 90% of the same things, and gets paid too little.
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  7. Electricity

    Electricity 7+ Year Member

    Jun 15, 2009
    Thanks for posting this. Can you expand on why she is so stressed, and what are the "90% of the same things" she sees? (Ideally answering this question in comparison to other specialties she could have chosen.)
  8. Neurologo

    Neurologo 2+ Year Member

    Nov 5, 2012
    It would depend on each person. I see many neurologists who are satisfied with their works and some of them are still working in their late 70s. I myself thoroughly enjoy my work and I feel I am getting well compensated. The other departments who request for consultations and patients and family I see clearly appreciate what I do for them. This includes tragic cases. During my free time, I enjoy updating my neurological knowledge. I can see myself doing the same thing for 20-30 years.
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  9. NWwildcat2013


    Jun 22, 2015
    I think you'd see 90% of the same things in any specialty. Cards-->Chest pain and CHF exacerbation. Hospitalist-->Cellulitis and COPD. Neuro-->stroke, seizure, AMS. Just a few examples. Maybe I will get bored with the neuro bread and butter but at least I find it more interesting at the outset than I do the bread and butter of something like cards or IM.
  10. numbersloth

    numbersloth 2+ Year Member

    Mar 26, 2015
    Curious, what would the bread and butter of child neurology be?
  11. NWwildcat2013


    Jun 22, 2015
    Seizures and vague developmental delay maybe. I don't know because I didn't rotate on it, but my peds service consulted a lot for seizures.
  12. MedReckoning

    MedReckoning 7+ Year Member

    Feb 22, 2010

    Kaiser - key word there. The whole system is rigged towards hospital profits with an industrial-veterinary model of care. It's no surprise that women with an MD quadruple their suicide rate relative to the general female population (male MDs only double).

    The trick is to open your own office for cash. Much more satisfying, from what I gather.
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