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What do I have to do to get into Neurosurgery?

I am interest in medicine and I want to know how long it takes to go into certain fields of medicine. If you have anything else to add about Neurosurgery, let me know! #medicine #doctor #biology #healthcare #medical

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Richard’s Answer

In the US, to apply to medical school, you need a bachelor's degree. Any 4-year university should suffice.

Pick a college that suits your personality and a major that interests you. 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.

Typical medical school prerequisites include:
Biology: Lecture – 4 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
General Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Organic Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Biochemistry: Lecture – 1 semester
General Physics: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Math: Statistics – 1 semester
English: Rhetoric (Composition) and Literature – 2 semesters


During college study for and complete the MCAT. Apply to medical schools during your last year of college. Also consider research and clinical shadowing for more neurosurgery experience.

Medical school takes 4 years to complete.

After medical school neurosurgeons complete a residency for additional training which can be followed by an additional year or two of fellowship subspecialty training.
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Estelle’s Answer

To become a neurosurgeon here is the path.
-College degree including the pre-med requirements & MCAT
-4 years of medical school
-1 year of general surgery
-at least 5 years of neurosurgery

I recommend shadowing a neurosurgeon and trying to do research in medicine/neuroscience.
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Rachel’s Answer

Neurosurgery can be very competitive. It requires you to be at the top of your med school class as well score very well on the STEP I exam. I would also recommend starting a research project early in med school.
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