SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) I'm starting this thread b/c nobody really lays it out in other threads. What is the lifestyle like of an academic and a private practice neurosurgeon? I know what residency lifestyle is like, but I can't find anything on private practice especially. People tell me horror stories, I've heard of a couple guys who work 4 days a week and make $800+. I have no idea what to believe and what to expect. Neurosurgery is my love, but if it means missing out on my future family's life, I'm going to do something else. Please help!!!