By: Emily Trejo

What is a Neurosurgeon?

A neurosurgeon is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of disorders of the cenyral and peripheral nervous system, including congenital anomalies, trauma, tumors, vascular disorders, infections of the brain or spine, stroke, or degenerative diseases of the spine.

Educational and Training Requirements

Before starting residency training, aspiring neurosurgeons must complete four years of undergraduate school followed by four years of medical school. Neurosurgeons then take 6-7 years of neurosurgical residency training. In the first year, commonly called Post Graduate Year One or the internship year, residents undergo training in basic clinical skills in areas such as trauma and critical care followed by 3-6 months of training in clinical neurology. Over the next six years, residents complete a total of at least 42 months training in core clinical neurosurgery.

Residents often spend a year doing neurology research to fulfill program requirements. Several programs also require residents to pass the primary examination of the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS). In their last year, residents typically take on senior or chief resident responsibility. To become a board-licensed neurosurgeon, qualified graduates of accredited neurosurgery programs must complete written and oral exams administered by the ABNS and submit practice data for review.

Medical Schools

Salary $$$

The median salary for neurosurgeons was $540,029 in 2015, and half of all brain surgeons reported salaries between $400,000-$680,000. This is much higher than the mean annual salary of $233,150 for all surgeons reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2013.

Pay Raise?

So, technically being a neurosurgeon, doesn't mean there aren't ways to get more money. But, it may be a little harder than any other jobs. You see, to get a job raise, you'd need to work for years and slowly begin to climb the surgical ladder. From intern, to resident, to attending. It all takes time and work.

Male to Female ratio!

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How will neurosurgeons hold up in the next 10 years?