TripleDegree

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Hi -

I was curious - you can get into a NeuroSurg residency starting from PGY1, but for CT surgery, you have to go through the GS grind and then apply for a fellowship - which introduces uncertainty into the path.

Is there method to this seeming inconsistency between the 2 "fighter pilot" specialties?

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CT surgery is a general surgery subspecialty. As a GS subspeciality, many of the skills that you learn during GS (technical and decision making skills) overlap. But the ABTS and the ABS are woking on a 3 & 3 or a 4 & 2 ciriculum for CT surg to decrease the amount of training required.

Neurosurgery really has no overlap with the GS skill set. that is why they only spend intership year with GS and even all of internship year. Many programs require their neuro interns to spend a couple of months on the Neurology service as well.
 
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