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thinking of becoming a neurosurgeon here are some facts you need to know

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    Sorial sameh samy Young Member

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    Considering being a neurosurgeon is like becoming an artist it is not all science or medical. We cannot deny that this field particularly has a very special place among all medical fields. However, it comes with a price to pay if you want to be a neurosurgeon. Aim gunner tell you why in just short facts

    1. Neurosurgery is more art than science. The usual in medical field doctors learn by evidence based method as everything in medical school have a stated fact and known risk or an evidence that the surgery would do an positive outcome however considering neurosurgery sometimes things get complicated as you can be stuck in an ethics dilemma where you want to do clinical trials before doing a surgery or not doing those trails as it would be against the medical ethics code, For example, you'd never be able to run a clinical trial comparing surgery versus no surgery for removing a brain tumor, because no patient would want to be in the "no surgery" group (and most doctors and research review boards would be uncomfortable "experimenting" on patients this way). So when you are dealing with such a higher stack you have to depend on your “gut” as even surgeon end up doing what they think is best for their patient but there isn’t always one right answer

    2. If you are working with brain trauma, be prepared to handle life-or-death decisions every day. The first question any patient’s family can ask is” are they going to live?” and it is going to be always difficult to answer such a question or even grantee it to anyone. if you’re planning to be a neurosurgeon be prepared to be asked this question on everyday bases

    3. Delivering bad news never gets easier. This makes us jump to this point. As a neurosurgeon, you have to deal with delivering unpleasant news Telling people that their loved one will not be the same is very difficult and very draining.

    4. Neurosurgery is heavily male-dominated, so do not expect to always have mentors who look like you. Finding a female neurosurgeon is tough as only 6% of all board-certified neurosurgeons in the country are women, and in academia, it is even fewer.

    5. There is no "good time" to have a kid. Adding to this there is no time to start a family your life is going to be oriented mostly to your career as after medical school, you have seven years of residency and then one or two additional years of fellowship before you can even become a neurosurgeon. Try solving this issue by working 120 hours per week and tell me if it works

    at the end the life of a neurosurgeon is tough challenging and not preferable at all but if you have the passion for it and moreover you got the talent and a miraculous hand you are going to experience a thrill and a happiness you never felt like it with every stubborn hard surgery that last a 12 hour long you end.

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