A neurologist is a physician who diagnoses, treats and prevents diseases and disorders within the nervous system. Like other physicians and surgeons, a neurologist spends years studying and training. Becoming a neurologist requires following the same educational path as other physicians. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a neurologist requires a bachelor's degree, four years of medical school and fives years of residency. A neurologist must be self-motivated, compassionate and decisive.
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According to the 2009 American Medical Group Association (AMGA) Medical Group Compensation and Financial Survey, the national median salary for a neurologist was £153,725.
The 2009 AMGA Medical Group Compensation and Financial Survey revealed that the starting salary for a neurologist was £118,398.
According to Allied Physicians, an organisation promoting health care excellence and education, a neurologist with one to two years of experience earned £117,000 in June 2006. In the same salary survey, a neurologist with more than three years of experience earned £148,200. The survey found that the maximum a neurologist earned was approximately £224,250.
According to the 2009 AMGA Medical Group Compensation and Financial Survey, a neurologist's earnings varied by region. A neurologist in the eastern United States earned £141,144, while her counterpart in the western United States earned £161,226. A neurologist working in the southern region earned £153,106, and a neurologist who practised in the northern region earned £153,725.
According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), neurology subspecialties include clinical neurophysiology, hospice and palliative medicine, neurodevelopmental disabilities, neuromuscular medicine, pain medicine, sleep medicine and vascular neurology. Certification in any of the subspecialties can take one to three years of training in addition to the residency training program. According to the 2009 AMGA Medical Group Compensation and Financial Survey, paediatric neurologists earned a median salary of £136,470 and neurological surgery specialists earned £356,320.
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