I felt that when the whole hospital had no clue about the diagnosis, they called neurology. I wanted to be that guy. That's how I ended up in neurology.

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NAME

Muhib

JOB TITLE

Assistant Professor of Vascular Neurology

LOCATION

Providence, Rhode Island

SALARY

Undisclosed

NUMBER OF YEARS IN THE FIELD

2+

COMPANY

Brown University

Career Bio

The profession

Field is rapidly evolving with better and faster ways of treating stroke patients. Neuro-regeneration is another horizon worth pursuing for vascular neurologist. Demand is high with a limited supply of well-trained professionals making one well sought after.

How I got here

Always was interested in neurosciences but true inspiration came in medical school where neurology was all about playing sherlock homes. I felt that when the whole hospital had no clue about the diagnosis, they called neurology. I wanted to be that guy. That's how I ended up in neurology. During residency I found vascular neurology to be fast paced and there was a huge demand for stroke neurologists. This combined with passion for the impossible led me to do fellowship in vascular neurology. Medical school, neurology and nowadays fellowship are prerequisites for the position.

A typical day

Rounding on the stroke unit with my team of residents (trainee physicians) takes up most of the day when I am on the rounding schedule. There are days when I am not rounding on the stroke unit. Those days I do stroke prevention clinic where I see the patients discharged from the hospital as well as complex stroke patients referred to me by other physicians. I also take calls from residents at night time to help them making decisions about complex stroke patients urgently.

The hardest parts

The timeliness of care delivery and accuracy of diagnosis.

The best parts

Recovering patients specially when they walk back to your clinic.

The myths of the profession

No body recovers from a stroke which is untrue. In fact most of our patients do.

The workplace

Slightly formal but not the suit kind formal. Just business casual. There is a level of respect and seriousness the patients expect from their physicians which is reflected in our demeanor.

Advice for someone thinking about going into the field

Be brave and pursue the passion. You have to be passionate to be part of this field. Hard work and commitment to excellence will come in handy.

Advice to my younger self

Study more and be focused. I don't really see a whole lot of mistakes I made. Just some fine tuning but I think I did well and achieved close to my potential.