Help with classes and path to becoming a Neurosurgeon
Hello I am a Haitian American female majoring in Neuroscience on a Pre Medical track. I am currently a freshman in college and I wanted to ask if there was any advice or important information on the path to becoming a neurosurgeon. I am planning on attending medical school immediately after college. Any advice or important information either tips, classes to take, scholarships, volunteering or job shadowing opportunities I would be extremely grateful to receive them.
I am loving your ambition! It sounds like you are on a great path already, being a neuroscience major on a pre-med track. Congrats!! First and foremost, it’s important to do well in your pre-med classes. Besides that, consider getting involved in research in neuroscience and/or neurosurgery. It will probably take some leg work to get it started- turn to your school advisor and other campus resource to figure out how. (Often it involves emailing professors who are doing research in areas you find interesting and asking if you can help). Initially, the goal will be to just get exposure to the research process. You should work towards being the first author on a research paper (meaning your name is listed first bc you did the most work). Med schools and later, neurosurgery programs will LOVE this. It’s definitely a big commitment, and you would likely be doing research all throughout college, but it will totally help your application.
Other than that, do ANY volunteer work or activities you feel passionate about. Seek leadership positions. You have to have FUN along the way. So don’t base all your decisions on what will look good on paper. Do you randomly love juggling? Start a juggling club at your school. And stick with it. Med schools care less about the particular volunteer or extracurricular activity, and more about 1) whether you were committed to the activity over time and 2) were a leader in the group.
Best of luck!