By: Noor Huma

What's a Neurosurgeon?

A Physician who specializes in the diagnosis of the central and peripheral nervous system including congenital anomalies, trauma, tumors, vascular disorders, infections of the spine or Brain, stroke, or degenerative diseases of the Brain.

What can you do in High School?

Well, you can prepare yourself for the gory things you'll witness as an eventual neurosurgeon by watching neurosurgery videos. You can also choose to apply to a Health magnet which specializes in Human Anatomy and Human Health in general.

What's The Pay?

The median salary is $704,170 per year, but to attain that much money depends upon your experience and skill. Over 6 years in practice, the salary increases from there. Neurosurgeons are among the highest paid of the medical professionals.

Education Requirements?

Degree Level: Doctorate
Degree Field: Medicine
Experience: Yearlong internship + 6-8 years pf neurosurgical residency.

In Order:
- Attend 4 year college to earn Bachelor's degree
- Pass MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)
- Enroll in Medical School for 8 years (or more for furthering experience and education.)
- Pass Medical Licensing exam
- Complete an internship and Neurosurgical residency Program
- Become State Licensed and Board-Certified
- Continue Education (Such as focusing on a specific field in Neurosurgery like oncology or pediatric Neurosurgery, or attend more seminars and classes.)

Some of the best medical schools to attend are Harvard Medical, Baylor College of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins, and many more.
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What Necessary Skills?

- Strong communication skills
- Leadership skills
- Organizational and problem solving skills
- Empathy and Compassion
- Patience
- Dexterity
- Physical Stamina
- Knowledge of Brain and Spinal Cord Anatomy

Education Cost?

For a Bachelor's degree, the cost of it is entirely dependent upon the college you go to. For a Bachelor's degree, you serve 4 years, so the cost per year would be multiplied by 4.
After that, you pass your MCAT (hopefully) and enroll in a Medical School and attend it for as many years as necessary (usually eight years)
Just as an example, the annual cost for Harvard is $64,400, so that multiplied by 8 equals $434,144, and for the 4 year term at Harvard (for your Bachelor's) is $54, 268, and that multiplied by 4 is $257,600. Altogether, the cost is $691,744.

Job Outlook? (What are the chances?)

Well the chances are at a pretty good level because many neurosurgeon students give up on the way due to the amount of time it takes and the heaviness of the workload, but to have a drive and compassion for the human brain is something that will bring you through all your struggles to become a neurosurgeon. There are many positions for neurosurgeons in the U.S. and all over the world.
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Who is Ben Carson?

Ben Carson was born in Detroit, Michigan, on September 18, 1951. His mother, though under-educated herself, pushed her sons to read and to believe in themselves. Carson went from being a poor student to receiving academic honors and eventually attending medical school. As a doctor, he became director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital at age 33 and earned fame for his groundbreaking work separating conjoined twins. In 2015 he announced that he was running for the following year's presidential election, hoping to gain the Republican nomination. He is one of the party's leading candidates in the polls.