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How many years of school do you have to take to become a neurosurgeon?

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J’s Answer

After high school, you need to spend 4 years in college, 4 years in medical school, and 6-8 years in residency after medical school. That's 14 to 16 years of school after you graduate from high school.


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Step 1) You need 4 years in college to get a bachelor's degree, preferably in pre-med or other related biological, physical or chemical science. In college, you need to repare to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). It also helps do find research, shadowing and community-service opportunities in college because many medical schools look for a commitment to the community and a healthy desire to help others. After taking the MCATs, you select the medical schools to want to apply to, complete and submit the applications to American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS), and wait for an invitation from medical schools to complete their individual application or go to the next part of the application progress, e.g., an interview.


Step 2) In medical school, you apply for neurosurgery residency programs in your senior year.


Step 3) There are 99 accredited Neurosurgery residency training programs in the US. The average length of the residency is seven years, though some programs are six years and many are eight years. Because of how long the residency is, most programs only accept 1-3 residents each year.

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Cheryl’s Answer

Heare is the direct answer for your question. You should first complete 4 years of college then 4 years of medical school and then 5-7 years neurosurgery residency.Neurosurgeons do not have to complete the general surgery residency

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Janise’s Answer

It takes about four years in college than 4 years in medical school and during your junior or senior year of medical school you will take the MCAT or Medical College Admission Test.

Thank you comment icon Ok, Thank you keerthana
Thank you comment icon You mean you take the MCAT before you attend medical school, right? Jayavignesh Arivalagan
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Sharool’s Answer

How long does it take to become a brain surgeon? Before starting residency training, aspiring neurosurgeons must complete four years of undergraduate school followed by four years of medical school. Neurosurgeons then take six to seven years of neurosurgical residency training.
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