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Discussion in 'Psychiatry' started by cellioholic, Apr 27, 2007.

  1. cellioholic

    Sep 23, 2006
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    I was just wonder if any of you know what a fellowship in neuropsychiatry is.

    It just sounds so ambiguous to me (compare to addiction, geriatrics, etc.). What do they do? Are they just academic psychiatrist who mainly do research?

    Is this the wave of the future for psychiatrist or just another padding on the resume?
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  3. Anasazi23

    Anasazi23 Your Digital Ruler
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    Feb 19, 2003
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    There's been many threads on this. Do a search and you'll see.

    In short, it's not academic, it's the practice of both psychiatry and neurology at the interface, dealing with both aspects separately, and with emphasis on brain-behavior pathology and treatment.
  4. BrianUM

    BrianUM Future M.D
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    Jun 15, 2006
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    If you conduct a search, as Anasazi suggested, you will see me involved in many of them :oops:

    As of right now, it is a fellowship accredited by the UCNS and is brand new.

    It builds upon the foundation of primary training in Neurology or Psychiatry and adds to that knowledge of focal neurobehavioral disorders (amnesia, agnosia, etc), comobidities b/w neuro and psych disorders, psych symptoms in neuro disoders and all psychiatric disorders which are called neuropsychiatric syndromes.

    The poisition of the the Neuropsychiatrist is that all mental states are brain states and that psych illnesses can be interpreted and evaluated as Neurologic disorders as reflected in the Neuropsychiatric examination.

    Now, here is the question. What is the demand for these physicians? Is it really posssible to run a Neuropsychiatric practice and ask a depressed person go through a physical and whatnot?

    I am very much intrigued by this area of medicine and have been in contact with people in the know. It appears to be up and coming. Personally, I have a fascination with psychopathology but I am sure I would love the practical side of medicine such as imaging and testing and the use of objective measures in a hospital setting. Maybe I could be a neurologist with this subspecialty? Would it be awkward for a neurologist in private practice to claim expertise in dealing with traditional psych pts and evaluate them in his office?
  5. sga430

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    i believe there is a fellowship in neurology that is similar to neuropsychiatry. i think it may be behavioral neurology. the behavioral neurologists i worked with are memory disorders specialists. the did some general psych drug prescribing but still referred them out to psychiatrists. there r some psych manisfestations in mem disorders.

    i know some1 who is thinking of doing child psych and then neuropsych. on an another note if i were to combine other fellowships like addiction and pain - could i be really unique and sought after? i feel someone with a double fellowship could really bank on it. another one that comes to mind is forensic with child or pain with c/l. how about child with a eating disorders (i know it is not a full fellowship i think.)

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