Students who are about to start college need to have ample knowledgeon the available careers as they pursue higher learning to be able tomake it in the promising professions that eventually lead them tomeet their ultimate career goals in life. One of the most vibrant andrigorous careers in this age is neurosurgery. Neurosurgery is amedical discipline that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of theautonomous, central and peripheral nervous system. Neurosurgery is asurgical discipline that focuses on the complete rather than thespecific region of the body.
With increased demands for quality healthcare provision in themedical world, the field of neurosurgery sets its requirements forstudents who wish to pursue the profession at an excellent level.Students who wish to pursue a career in neurosurgery must beexcellent in almost all their grades. Neurosurgery strives to attractthe brightest candidates from accredited colleges or medical schoolsto become neurosurgeons. The demanding task of the career give noroom for mistakes and thus has a cut-edge high demand for nothingless than excellent grades for students who wish to go along thiscareer path (Lumenta 8).
Every week neurosurgeons spent 40-60 working hours or more as theyattempt to solve neurological medical problems and help patientsovercome their pain. The daily tasks of a neurosurgeon are not easybut very rewarding for those who are interested in this career. Everyday is a new test for neurosurgeons, as they have to deal withdifferent medical conditions ranging from critical to emergencies andlife threatening. Neurosurgeons spent their days dealing withsurgeries related to the brain, spine and nervous system. Their jobdescription differs from other doctors in that they are physicianswho specialize in correcting neurological problems through surgery.According to Black and Eugene (121), the practice involves removingbrain tumors, spine and back surgeries, pediatric treatments,peripheral nerve, functional and skull base medical interventions.
Neurosurgeons deal with patients of all ages from congenitalanomalies in newborns to aging degenerative stroke patients.Neurosurgeons are experts in the diagnosis of neurological disordersand engage in the interpretation of radiological studies likemagnetic resonance, angiograms, CT scans asserts Black and Eugene(25). These interpretations are useful in identifying tumors orgrowths leading to surgery later. Some neurosurgeons practice asgroups working with psychiatrists, neurologists and therapists forcomprehensive care to patients with neurological disorders. Otherspractice under auspices of university practice plane while most ofthem maintain a private practice. They work in a pleasant workenvironment being indoors in well light hospitals, healthcares andexam rooms.
According to Women in neurosurgery (2), neurosurgery appeals tostudents who are fascinated by the human brain and enjoy physicalacts such as correcting abnormalities in the nervous system. Although the passion and desire to know what happens can drawstudents to pursue the career, it has to be coupled with a strongdesire to be an interventionist who is willing to make decisions andbe responsible for their actions. No two medical surgeries are everthe same as many neurosurgeons will attest to and every operation isusually a new experience. Much time is spent considering suitableoptions for patients requiring them to be sober and mentally stablethroughout for them to make informed and appropriate choices thatlead to saving the lives of patients.
Neurosurgeons encounter daily stress as they deal with emergenciesand critically ill patients. Being strong willed and emotionallystable greatly helps them to deal with such challenges and stresses.Coping with death is never is but is required for neurosurgeons as itcan happen on the operation table. The real difficult choices ofcorrecting deformities and making decisions regarding the most vitalfunctions of the spinal cord and brain in the human body are noteasier argue Roxanne (10). Neurosurgeons should possess goodcommunication skills as they play the role communicating on issuesregarding the quality of life and the risks as well as the surgicalprocedures to patients and many families.
Students who wish to become neurosurgeons must possess severaldesirable qualities that go a long with their academic qualificationsto make them viable practitioners. They should have intellectualcuriosity and a high ability to understand the detail and complexityof the nervous system. They therefore should be fast learners whoretain and grasp concepts without having to be reminded more thanonce. Physically, neurosurgeons should have physical stamina and befit to meet the demanding tasks of working in the medical field. Mostimportantly, they should possess the physical stamina to meet thechallenges of surgical procedures that extends for long hours. Theability to meet the demands of patients with a sensitive medicalprocedure like surgery comes in handy for neurosurgeons. Thisprofession appeals to students who have the personal drive and willto go for it. They should have focus and be able to maintain balancein their work as any slight errors can cost the life of a patient.Neurosurgeons should also possess virtues like care, patience,empathy, kindness, sensitivity, courage and confidence.
According to Roxanne (5), the compensation for neurosurgeons is anattractive package ranging from $178,564 for the median yearly salaryin the US with experienced neurosurgeons making as much as $300,000per year. The geographical location of the neurosurgeon howeverdetermines their pay as it differs also in developed and developingcountries. Those employed in hospitals and medical centers enjoybenefits like medical and life insurance, paid vacations, sick leavesand special packages like training.
Black, PeterM. L, and Eugene Rossitch. Neurosurgery:An Introductory Text.New York: Oxford University Press, 1995. Print.
Roxanne,Todor. Womenin neurosurgery,2009, retrieved from http://www.neurosurgerywins.org/career/SYWTBANS.pdf
Lumenta,Christianto B. Neurosurgery.Heidelberg: Springer, 2010. Print.