A Neurosurgeon's Life

By: Swapnika Alahari


About 14 years, including:

  • 4 years undergraduate
  • 4 years medical school
  • 6 years residency (medical training, and clinical training in obstetrics and gynecology, surgery. medicine, pediatrics or psychiatry)
  • 1 year internships

Degrees include:

  • Undergrad
  • Bachelor's
  • Medical


Board Certification in Neurological Surgery (Meeting certain requirements to work in certain higher end hospitals)

Neurosurgery Basics

Brain surgery, one of the most fatal procedures of all time, but if done correctly can bring many families together. There are many different reasons for traditional open brain surgery, such as brain tumors, relieving cranial pressure, traumatic brain injury, correction of malformed blood vessels and spine injuries.



  • WFNS (World Federation of Neurological Societies)
  • FIENS (Foundation for International Education and Neurological Surgery)
  • SNS (Society of Neurological Surgeons)

Goals to Set

Completing a higher degree such as a PhD, or doing experimental research for new products. Overall, helping in your field of expertise.

Best Places to Study

Dallas and Houston in Texas, but overall best schools are:

  1. Harvard Medical School
  2. USCF
  3. John Hopkins
  4. Perelman School of Medicine
  5. UW School of Medicine