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How do I become a NHS neurosurgeon?

What do I need to do to become a NHS neurosurgeon and is there a way to implement a bachelor’s in neuroscience?
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Original post by Vyshto Andeddu
What do I need to do to become a NHS neurosurgeon and is there a way to implement a bachelor’s in neuroscience?


Um pretty sure you need to do an MD, go to medical school complete that, do the 2 years as a foundation doctor then apply to do specialty training to be a neurosurgeon. Unfortunately the only thing that neuroscience will get you in this case will be onto a 4 year post grad medicine course so that you don’t have to do the 5 years.
Neuroscience will I assume even further increase your knowledge of the human brain but the only way to be a neurosurgeon is to do a medicine course to become a doctor. It’ll be a long and difficult process but if it’s your passion it’ll be worth it.
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Original post by Feeb_05
Um pretty sure you need to do an MD, go to medical school complete that, do the 2 years as a foundation doctor then apply to do specialty training to be a neurosurgeon. Unfortunately the only thing that neuroscience will get you in this case will be onto a 4 year post grad medicine course so that you don’t have to do the 5 years.
Neuroscience will I assume even further increase your knowledge of the human brain but the only way to be a neurosurgeon is to do a medicine course to become a doctor. It’ll be a long and difficult process but if it’s your passion it’ll be worth it.


Do you know how much it'd cost in total? I know that the MD would cost £47,250 on tuition alone. Does it cost to do the foundation years and specialty training?
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Reply 3
Original post by Vyshto Andeddu
Do you know how much it'd cost in total? I know that the MD would cost £47,250 on tuition alone. Does it cost to do the foundation years and specialty training?

You should definitely do some research as this is pretty well known information for those thinking of going into the medical field. But no, no costs for foundation years and specialty training.
Foundation years are the two years you spend as a junior doctor to ensure you know everything to do within the hospital, you do rotations within the hospital in each area throughout the two years. Then to do specialty training you need to show the hospital you would be a good fit and an asset in that sector to the hospital as I wanna say there aren’t many places to get the specialty training and so you’ll have to prove yourself against other candidates. It is paid for by the hospital as they need specialist doctors in all sectors.
Once you’re on a program it’ll take 8 years of training from ST1 to ST8. It’s a difficult but incredible career and though being any type of doctor is hard it will be rewarding.

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