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As a Neurosurgeon What skills—such as communication and problem solving—are most important in your field? Describe a situation in which you use these skills.

I am a high school sophomore and have always wanted to have some type of medical career. For the last couple of years, I've been leaning toward surgery and I'm really interested in the human brain which led me to Neurological Surgery as a specialty. I would love to hear from someone he's living my dream life as a neurosurgeon. #career #brain #neurosurgeon

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Kacie’s Answer

If you are interested in a career in medicine, skills that are important include problem solving, strong communication, empathy with your patients, considering the holistic approach to their care, and exchanging case studies with other experts in your field. Majoring in Biology in college and feeling comfortable in the sciences generally would help you then go to Medical school as a graduate degree, which requires the MCAT exam prior to admission. Internships and residencies are also part of this career track, which is heavy on education. It might be best to explore an internship to understand the variety of options in the medical field - there may be other specialities that also pique your interest.

Here is a resource for Johns Hopkins University, which has some really great programs. https://cty.jhu.edu/resources/academic-opportunities/internships/science.html

Kacie recommends the following next steps:

Research different programs and requirements for career path
Explore internships and other learning opportunities to shadow people in the actual practice
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Andrew’s Answer

Like any other doctor, a neurosurgeon is an incredibly difficult but rewarding field. Kacie mentioned great skills that are crucial as a medical provider. I would also add working well under pressure, since neurosurgery is one of the hardest types of surgery and requires someone who can think quickly but stay calm.
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