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Medical Schools for Neurosurgery – Finding the Best School for Neurological Surgery

which medical school is best for neurosurgery? i want a name though?

i want it to be the name of a medical school and which undergraduate school is better

3 Responses so far.

  1. eri says:

    Duke would be a great med school for that, but frankly you don’t learn neurosurgery in med school – you learn that in your residency. If you haven’t done undergrad yet, you’re at least 8 years away from worrying about your residency. For now, just concentrate on getting into a good college. Pretty much every college and university offers the premed classes (not a major) so go to the best school you can get into.

  2. the_awesome_possum says:

    there is no “better”

    apparently you don’t know a whole lot about the career you want to go into, but…
    1) go to the undergraduate school of your choice. Keeping in mind your preferences for a large school vs a small school, cost, scholarship opportunities, closeness to home etc
    2) choose your degree, biochemistry will be the best background for medical school, but they do not care as long as you have the necessary pre-requisites (1 yr physics with lab, 1 yr bio with lab, 1 yr general chem with lab, 1 yr organic chem with lab, 1 semester calc. minimum…and some schools have additional requirements]
    3) volunteer like crazy, research like crazy, get to know professors and other staff
    4)get fantastic grades, closer to a 4.0 the better (and don’t try to take an easy way out by majoring in something “easy” as they will calculate a separate math/science GPA)
    5) study for, and take the MCAT exam
    6) apply to multiple medical schools. You don’t seem to realize how hard it is to get into medical school, most people apply to at least 7 in the hopes of at least getting into one. Some people apply to 12 or more and don’t get accepted at all.
    7) If you are accepted into medical school, your performance, interests, relationships with professors, and test scores will all play a part in where you get matched for residency.
    8) The match process- you don’t choose neurosurgery, you choose surgery. Then, in a match process that is rather similar to how sororities and frats pick people (you make a list of your top 3 areas, for example 1) surgery, 2) neurology, 3) radiology, and the hospitals make a list of the profile of the people they want grade wise, review wise etc. On a chaotic day called “match day” people are matched with a residency program. If you don’t like what you get, or you get nothing, the next day you scramble begging anyone to take you.
    9) If you got into a surgery match, you spend a few years of your residency there, then may be accepted into a neurosurgery fellowship [or may complete a separate neurosurgery residency]

    But the process is far more complicated than you seem to think, and it has far more to do with you and your performance, than it does with where you go to school.So I don’t have a name for you, but perhaps YOU should be looking all this up since you supposidly want to be a doctor. But let me tell you, its not like Grey’s Anatomy. Nothing like it actually.

  3. MK says:

    As the above poster said, there is no ‘best’ for a specific specialty. If you do well in undergrad, you have a chance to get into medical school. Your specific medical school doesn’t matter nearly as much as your performance on the USMLE Boards (you take Step 1 and Step 2 in medical school), as well as what else you do in medical school. You also don’t go straight into being a practicing neurosurgeon. All students get the same education in medical school; you learn your trade in your residency. You would want a surgery residency, which is 7 years post-medical school training. Then you’d go for a Fellowship, which could be an additional 5 years of training. Even after all that, you’re at the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to licensed physicians in your field.

    I can almost guarantee that if you make it through medical school, you won’t want to do neurosurgery anymore. Just like most undergraduates change their major, most medical students change their specialty choice.

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