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What are some of the best colleges to go to if I'm looking to become a neurosurgeon?

I want to major in human biology to give myself the best chance possible of getting into medical school. I was wondering which colleges are the best to go to to pursue this goal. #college #college-major #biology #doctor

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Angela D.’s Answer

Hi Wesley,
Greetings! Please see the websites below, including the University of South Dakota and the FAFSA (free application for financial aid). Please meet with a school counselor sooner rather than later to make sure you're taking the right courses and lay out a doable pathway to your goals.
Below is a snapshot of the steps:
Step 1: Obtain an Undergraduate Degree.
Step 2: Take the MCAT and Apply to Medical Schools.
Step 3: Attend Medical School, Obtain a Medical Degree and Complete an Internship.
Step 4: Residency.
Step 5: Get Board Certified and Open Your Practice or join a Hospital.
You can also explore related fields, such as neuroscience (research on the brain, nervous system, and behavior) and becoming a neurologist (a specialist in the anatomy, functions, and organic disorders of nerves and the nervous system). Professionals such as these can study Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Cerebral Palsy, etc.
Best of luck on your journey, regards, Dr. B

https://www.usd.edu/medicine
https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa
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https://med.nyu.edu/neurosurgery/education-training/how-do-i-become-neurosurgeon
https://www.facs.org/education/resources/residency-search/specialties/neuro

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Yuka’s Answer

Hi Wesley,

Thank you very much for asking this question. My alma mater is Boston College, and it has strong biology, biochem, and neuroscience majors. Some of my friends go to Yale, Harvard, and Princeton for doctoral degrees after they graduated from these programs. I would recommend checking these majors out.
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Karen’s Answer

You will need to get some guidance and do research on this. Talking to your guidance counselors and Biology teachers would be a good start. Start with people you already know!

I also encourage you to read more about careers in which you are interested by going to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics. Here is a link to info on Physicians and Surgeons: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/mobile/physicians-and-surgeons.htm

Good luck on your educational journey! Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

Karen
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Rachel’s Answer

The road to surgery is long and will take you over a decade. I would start by looking at what colleges have success in getting their students into medical school. I went to the University of Texas at Austin, and this school provided great preparation prior to my medical training.
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