As I’m about to start my neurology rotation, I can’t help but feel apprehensive. I feel anxious about being woefully disappointed. Back in undergrad, I majored in neuroscience and absolutely loved it. I learned about neural dynamics, synaptic transmission, synaptic plasticity, and receptor properties. These were taught in regards to basal functioning as well as novel/altering events. Basically, I loved the neurobiology and neurochemistry that I was learning!
Based on my experience with the neuro block in medical school, I have a feeling that my neurology rotation is going to be anything but my experience in undergrad. To me, neurology was more about management (rightly so) rather than basic science. I worry that I’m going to be bored, uninterested and frustrated with the rotation. I understand that my view on this is biased given my research and neuroscience background, but I can’t help but view the rotation in this way!
That being said, there are plenty of neurologists who do a blend of both clinical neurology as well as neuroscience research. I remember that one of the clinicians who taught a neuro class in med school spent some serious time doing research on epilepsy. So all hope is not lost! I’m hoping that neurology will be mentally stimulating enough for me to enjoy spending time in the clinic. I wrote a piece a while back stating that I was going to try to approach each rotation with an open mind. I’m certainly going to try during these next few weeks!