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Neonatal Surgeon

I am looking into options as to what I want to major in. Does anyone have feedback on neonatal surgery?
#surgery #neonatal #infants #peds #medicine

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Richard’s Answer

Pediatric surgery is a subspecialty of surgery. The first step is to get into medical school.
In the US, to apply to medical school, you need a bachelor's degree. Any 4-year university should suffice.
Pick a major that interests you so you don't mind devoting a majority of your hours to studying. You will need to get good grades in college in order to apply for medical school. At the medical school I attended, the average GPA is reported to be 3.85, so even one or two B's can hurt your chances of acceptance.
Aside from this, any major is acceptable as long as you complete the prerequisite courses. I chose to major in biochemistry because there was overlap with the premed requirements and I wanted to complete my degree in 3 years.
After 4 years of medical school and 5 years of surgery residency, you can apply to a pediatric surgery fellowship.
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Valerie’s Answer

Hi Mary,
Becoming a neonatal surgeon is a long road, but very rewarding!
First you will need to complete high school, and graduate from college. A good major is biology, chemistry, or biobehavioral health; really anything science related will help you. Then you will go to medical school for 4 years and enter into residency. The residency you will go into is surgery, and pediatrics which is 5-8 years long. After this you can sub-specialize in neonatal surgery.
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Estelle’s Answer

Fetal Surgery is a highly specialized field of medicine. Very few centers perform these procedures. To do this, you will need to do:
- 4 years college
- 4 years medical school
- 4 years ob/gyn residency
- >1 fellowship training

It is a long, but rewarding career path.
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