A neurosurgeon is a specialist who treats disorders of the nervous system, which includes the brain, spine, and nerves. Neurosurgeons use both surgical and nonsurgical techniques to treat their patients.
Being a neurosurgeon is a fulfilling career, but it is also a demanding one. It takes many years of dedication and hard work to become a neurosurgeon.
The path to becoming a neurosurgeon is long and challenging, but it is also rewarding. Helping people to improve their quality of life is a truly gratifying experience. If you are up for the challenge, becoming a neurosurgeon may be your right career choice. We will share with you some basic steps to become a neurosurgeon.
Obtain an Undergraduate Degree
To become a neurosurgeon, you must obtain an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. It is recommended that you take biology or other science-related courses.
Take the MCAT and Apply to Medical Schools
After you have obtained your undergraduate degree, you will need to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). This exam assesses your knowledge of the basic sciences and your ability to think critically. You can begin applying to medical schools that offer a strong neurosurgery program.
Complete Medical School and Obtain a Medical Degree
You will need to complete four years of training at a medical school. The first two years, you will take classes and participate in labs. The last two years involves clinical rotations for hands-on experience in various medical specialties.
After you have passed the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) exam, you will earn your medical degree.
Complete a Neurosurgery Residency Program
You will need to complete a residency program in neurosurgery. This training program typically lasts for seven years.
You will receive comprehensive training in all aspects of neurosurgery, and have the opportunity to participate in research projects and gain experience working with patients.
Get Board Certified and State Licensed
After your residency, you will obtain a board certification from the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS).
You will also need to obtain state licensure to practice neurosurgery. All of the surgeons at GNS Surgery Center have fellowships in spine and vascular surgery.
Highest level of surgical care for the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves
Once you have completed all of your training and obtained the necessary certifications and licenses, you can start your neurosurgery practice or join an existing one. You may also choose to work as a neurosurgeon in a hospital.
No matter where you choose to practice, you must stay up to date on the latest advancements in neurosurgery. You will also need to participate in continuing medical education (CME) activities to maintain your board certification.