As a neurosurgeon let me answer this for you.do you know the requirements to become a surgical fellow; my primary question is if it matters how many years are between when you graduated med school and are applying to the residency?
As a neurosurgeon let me answer this for you.
If someone is in another field and they are serious about wanting to become a neurosurgeon you have to convince your prospective employers (neurosurgical residency directors and chairmen of neurosurgical residencies) that you have the intellectual capacity (neurosurgery is one of the hardest residencies to match into), dedication (this would be especially hard for you to convince them of... you would need to essentially take time off from your job as a primary care physician and "volunteer" your time rotating through hospitals and working with neurosurgeons to prove that you tested your interest ) you would also need to do this to get your letters of recommendation. Even with all of this... your chances are very very low... on the order of less than 10%.
I agree. If NS is what you truly desire to do, work hard for it. The road might be tough, but what road isn't?Do what ever makes you feel better about yourself, don't be discouraged by the negativity of people, get out there and if NS is your dream then fight for it, like I am fighting for my dream to be a doctor. Listen to wise, encouraging words, learn to recognize negative, downgrading words, not worth listening to.
My guess is that the OP is a foreign medical grad, and is thus less familiar with the U.S. system, and is hoping there is an easy way to transition from his current position as a FP to more desirable one in NS (I'm not saying "more desirable for everyone", but definitely to us and him).There is no fellowship path from FP to neurosurgery. This doesn't even sound like a serious question, coming from a practicing physician.
If you wanted to do neurosurgery after family practice, you would have to apply to neurosurgery for a PGY-2 position, do a PGY-1 surgery year, and do the whole residency just like a beginning neurosurgery resident.
If the question is: is age 27 "too old" to start a neurosurgery residency simply from the point of view of a disadvantage in applying, the answer is, "no."
There is no way the the OP was serious. Even a FMG/IMG who is practicing in primary care in the US knows the basics about residencies. They after all applied to their current spot. Most probably tried other fields (surgery, derm, surgical subspecialties) and realized that their applications were dead in the water so primary care was their recourse. ---------------- Listening to: Daddylonglegs - Bareback via FoxyTunes
There are AMGs who fail to match with Step 1 scores over 260.Then again, its possible for him in the match if he has good scores, considering most of you AMGs in neurosurg residencies have pretty unimpressive ones (amazing how easy it is to match into NS/ortho/rads/etc based on just the name of your medical school)...
Why would you say something intended entirely to be inflammatory and hostile? Did a NS/ortho/rads/etc resident cut you off on the way to the hospital today?Then again, its possible for him in the match if he has good scores, considering most of you AMGs in neurosurg residencies have pretty unimpressive ones (amazing how easy it is to match into NS/ortho/rads/etc based on just the name of your medical school)...
Just like every other specialty. I would't want to be a part of a profession wherein a really high standardized test score guarantees a spot.There are AMGs who fail to match with Step 1 scores over 260.