Fri. Oct 30th, 2020

Hello everyone. I’m a senior med student on my last year of medschool, looking forward to a fructiferous acedemic and clinical life, based on the study of the brain, an organ I’ve felt in love since neuroanatomy 101. I’ve been struggling in regard with my speciality training… Which one should I choose?I’d like to complete the research once started by Eric Kandel, Kupfler, Eccles, Alzheimer,… seeking right into the depths of the brain circuitry: memory, language, learning, judgment and, ultimately, consciousness…From my perspective, I have 3 options: 1.- Become a Neurologist, do a fellow in Neurophysiology. 2.- Getting into the dark-side of neuro… Neurosurgery… But well, I’m a die-hard nerd, so I really look forward doing Functional and Stereotactic Neurosurgery (DBS Focused). I know it sounds like nonsense to be a “surgeon” who dives into the hardest topics of modern neuroscience… BUT please, consider brilliant neurosurgeons who dedicated their lives as researchers and made many contributions to the area… e.g. Dominick Purpura (LSD), Wilder Penfield (somatosensory cortex), Alim-Louis Benabid (High frequency DBS, also… He was a physicist), etc… Also, I’d like to perform surgery which directly influence pathologically disruptive circuitry (parkinson’s, distonia, OCT, Alzheimer’s, Depression) with effective interventions like DBS. 3.- Psychiatry: This is a very underestimated, undervalued speciality among physicians… But let’s remember that this speciality was (and is) the muse for very important pioneers on the field of neuroscience… Sigmund Freud (yes, I know he was a Neurologist, also a neuroanatomist, but he ultimately was interested in psychoanalysis, because of the tech limitations and heuristics of his time; let’s remember this quote from his essay “On Narcissism”: “We must recollect that all of our provisional ideas in psychology will presumably one day be based on an organic substructure”) and, of course Erich Richard Kandel (no introduction required).I apologise for my enthusiastic frame of view as a layman on this exciting field. I want to make my PG in Germany and, maybe later, Switzerland. I look for insights!Which speciality suits my interests, in your opinion as neurospecialists?