Neurological Surgery constitutes a medical discipline and surgical specialty that provides care for adult and pediatric patients in the treatment of pain or pathological processes that may modify the function or activity of the central nervous system (e.g., brain, hypophysis, and spinal cord), the peripheral nervous system (e.g., cranial, spinal, and peripheral nerves), the autonomic nervous system, the supporting structures of these systems (e.g., meninges, skull & skull base, and vertebral column), and their vascular supply (e.g., intracranial, extracranial, and spinal vasculature).
Treatment encompasses both non-operative management (e.g., prevention, diagnosis—including image interpretation—and treatments such as, but not limited to, neurocritical intensive care and rehabilitation) and operative management with its associated image use and interpretation (e.g., endovascular surgery, functional and restorative surgery, stereotactic radiosurgery, and spinal fusion—including its instrumentation).
Every specialty has unique factors they want each candidate to have in their residency application. NRMP conducts regular Program Director surveys to identify which parts of the residency application are most important in differing specialties. Among the information gathered, Program Directors were asked to cite factors they used to select candidates for interviews. They were also asked to rate each factor on a scale from 1 (least important) to 5 (most important).
|Total Training||7 years|
|Average Residency Salary||$59,090.09|
|Average Physician Salary||$640,501|
|Average Work Week||58.2 Hours|
|Peak Interview Months||October |
|Key Organizations and Societies:||American Board of Neurological Surgery
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
American Board of Pediatric Neurosurgical Surgery
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Society of Neurological Surgeons
Women in Neurosurgery
World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies
American Association of Neurological Surgeons: Trainees