The president elect of the Association of University Professors of Neurology discussed the benefits of working in neurology and the ways to not only attract new clinicians, but keep those already in the field. [WATCH TIME: 3 minutes]
WATCH TIME: 3 minutes
"The more that we stress that this is a growing career, that we're able to do more for people in a variety of different diseases. Back when I was training, the idea was that neurologists gave you the diagnosis, and then that was it. It couldn't be further from the truth."
In the US and across the world, the lack of neurologists and neurologic services to account for the rising number patients with neurologic disorders has been well documented. In turn, the current neurology mismatch reduces access to care, worsens patient outcomes, and erodes career satisfaction and quality of life for neurologists as they face increasingly insurmountable demands.
The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has had several ongoing initiatives to help reduce and resolve the existing mismatch, including addressing these issues at the organization’s Annual Meeting. At this year’s meeting, held April 22-27, in Boston, Massachusetts, NeurologyLive® sat down with John Greenfield, MD, president elect of the Association of University Professors of Neurology (AUPN), to discuss ways of growing the neurology community, and specifically, attracting young medical professionals.
For several decades, the organization has been focused on legislative issues that affect research grant fundings, representation of neurology in the workforce, and the neurological curriculum in medical education at all levels, among many others. In the interview, Greenfield shared thoughts about the benefits of working in neurology, the continued growth of the field in recent years, and the reasons to keep the field rewarding.