I’m guessing that he meant that figuratively, not literally, since neurologists frequently have to figure out if a person's nerve pain is real (medical cause) or imagined (mentally caused). Psychiatry is a lot more complex than trying to diagnose psychosomatic pain. But both disciplines have multi-year internships/internships and board certification. If it were literally true that you had to be a psychiatrist before you could be a neurologist, here’s what your career track would look like:crazy2medic wrote: ↑Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:35 amI worked for a Neurologist for four years, I was told by him that in Texas in order to be a Neurologist he also had to be a pyschiatristThe Annoyed Man wrote: ↑Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:14 pmNot so. A neurologist has to be an MD or a DO. A psychiatrist had to be an MD or a DO. But a neurologist does not have to be a psychiatrist (or visa versa). They are two completely different specialties.
A neurologist is concerned with the body's entire nervous system. I’ve had neurological consults before I had my back surgery because I had numbness in my legs.
A psychiatrist is concerned with the biochemistry of the brain and it’s effects on human behavior.
4 years of college
4 years of medical school
1 year of psychiatric internship
3-4 years of psychiatric residency
Pass the psychiatry boards
1 year of neurology internship
3-4 years of neurology residency
Pass the boards
SIX TO EIGHT YEARS of post-medical school study before you could begin your practice, and that doesn’t count any neurology or psychiatry fellowships he or she may choose to enter before practice. Neuro and thoracic surgeons don’t take that long to begin practicing.