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What are work hours like as a neurosurgeon?

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MelissaWilliams’s Answer

Neurosurgery is tough, as is the residency to get you there. Every year, there are about 150 spots of residents in neurosurgey, and every one of them works really hard. There's supposed to be a 80hr/week limit for residents, but many work around 120-140hr/week. In a survey of NS residents, 98% slept on average 4 hr per night over the course of the residency.

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Check out this answer from an Attending physician on yahoo answers


According to this person, you're probably working around 14hrs on operative days (3 per week), 11 hrs on non-operative days (2 per week), and probably 10-15 hours over the weekend. So that's around 80 hours a week, when not on call.

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Richard’s Answer

During residency, you have basically no control over your schedule. However, after residency, you can choose to tailor your practice to the lifestyle you desire. In general, surgeons operate two to three days a week and spend the other days of the week in clinic seeing patients before surgery or doing follow up on patients on which they have performed procedures. There will always be a bit of night and weekend call.
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treasa’s Answer

Neurologists can work in hospitals or in private offices. Their average week is approximately 40 hours. If you go into this career and would like to maintain consistent hours, then opening up a private practice or working in a research or medical school may be better for you.
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