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Stroke as a career option for neurologists
  1. Anthony C Pereira1,
  2. Vafa Alakbarzade1,
  3. Samuel Shribman1,
  4. Ginette Crossingham2,
  5. Tom Moullaali3,
  6. David Werring4
  1. 1 Department of Neurology, St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  2. 2 Department of Neurology, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, Plymouth, UK
  3. 3 Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh Division of Medical and Radiological Sciences, Edinburgh, UK
  4. 4 Stroke Research Group, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Vafa Alakbarzade, Department of Neurology, St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK; vafa.alakbarzade.10{at}


Stroke is one of the most common acute neurological disorders and a leading cause of disability worldwide. Evidence-based treatments over the last two decades have driven a revolution in the clinical management and design of stroke services. We need a highly skilled, multidisciplinary workforce that includes neurologists as core members to deliver modern stroke care. In the UK, the dedicated subspecialty training programme for stroke medicine has recently been integrated into the neurology curriculum. All neurologists will be trained to contribute to each aspect of the stroke care pathway. We discuss how training in stroke medicine is evolving for neurologists and the opportunities and challenges around practising stroke medicine in the UK and beyond.


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  • ACP and VA are joint first authors.

  • Contributors ACP and DW conceived the study. VA, TM, GC and SS contributed to literature review and data acquisition. VA drafted the initial and ACP drafted the final manuscript. All remaining authors critically revised the manuscript. All authors gave final approval for publication.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally reviewed by Matthew Jones, Manchester, UK and Matthew Kiernan, Sydney, Australia.

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