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Jean Sienkowski

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Transcript of Neurosurgeon

A neurosurgeon is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of disorders of the central and peripheral nervous system including congenital anomalies, trauma, tumors, vascular disorders, infections of the brain or spine, stroke, or degenerative diseases of the spine.
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4 Years of College
4 Years of Medical School
5-7 Years of Residency
1 Year Internship
Years of College
Neurosurgeons deal with heart-wrenching tragedies every day. They are the ones who tell families that the patient will be a vegetable after a severe brain hemorrhage or traumatic brain injury. They are the ones who break the news the patient has an inoperable brain tumor. They tell spinal cord patients they will never walk again.
It takes a remarkable person to become a neurosurgeon; a compassionate one, anyway.
They are on their feet for hours during intricate surgeries, so it can be hard on their body.
You must have incredibly steady hands which can do super-intricate work. There is no room for "oops" during a neurosurgical procedure. Keep in mind that if you are on call, you can be called in at 3AM if there is an emergency and you need to operate on a patient-- some things can't wait, and if you're sleepy, forget it.
They have the highest malpractice premiums in medicine-- even surpassing that of an OB/GYN.
They are, however, at the top of the surgical food chain.
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