Neurlogical Surgeon

What is a Neurological Surgeon?

Neurosurgery (or neurological surgery) is the medical specialty concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of disorders which affect any portion of the nervous system including the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, and extra-cranial cerebrovascular system.

It is one of the most stressful jobs there are, with crazy hours of 40+ hours per week with some overtime and almost everyday of the week. It can be mentally, physically and emotionally draining however there is a comfortable indoor environment to work in and helpful surgical staff. Surgeons can work at hospitals, clinics or own their own business.

Essential skills and technical skills

critical thinking- brain surgeons have to make decisions based on each specific case

teamwork- must be able to work with other people while operating

physical stamina- there are irregular hours therefore the surgeons must be able to work very long hours without any sleep

motor skills- one wrong move while operating could result in a brain dead patient so the doctor must have good eye coordination and a steady hand

reading comprehension- interpretation of graphs and reports are necessary for a neurosurgeon

tech savy- there are new discoveries every day and it is important to keep up to date with them

Salary and Future Outlook

the Canadian average of a surgeon is $132 892 but if you are a specialized surgeon (neurologists, cardiologists, etc.) then you earn slightly more.

The future outlook is good and there are more job openings than there are job seekers.

Employment/Educational Requirements

The education and training to become a neurosurgeon is rigorous and extensive and includes the completion of:

  • Four years of pre-medical education at a college or university
  • Four years of medical school resulting in an M.D. or D.O. degree
  • One year internship in general surgery
  • Five to seven years in a neurosurgery residency program
  • Some neurosurgeons complete a fellowship after residency to specialize in a particular area
  • Continuing education — annual meetings, conferences, scientific journals, research — to keep up with advances made in the complex field of neurosurgery

McMaster U offers a very prestigious and competitive program for health sciences as well as their own medical school. Requirements to get into McMaster U is around a 92.5% overall average.

Employment Requirements:

  • A bachelor of science degree
  • or In Quebec, completion of a college program and one year of pre-medicine university studies is usually required
  • Graduation from an approved medical school
  • Five to six years of specialty residency training are required
  • Two years of subspecialty training may also be required
  • Completion of the certifying examinations of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • and Licensing by the provincial or territorial licensing authority are required