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Hello, my name is Mark MacBayne. I'm the Practice Administrator for Hematology and Oncology,

and Adult Bone Marrow Transplant at UCSF Medical Center. I'm here today to talk about how to

become a brain surgeon. A brain surgeon, is a physician who specializes in surgery on

the brain. The first step in becoming a physician is to complete an undergraduate course of

study at a four year college or university. Typically, one interested in going to medical

school will major in a science, such as biology, however, this is not required. If you do not

major in a science, however, you will need to make sure that you complete all of the

science prerequisites for medical school. That being, at least two years of biological

sciences, chemistry, physics, and calculus. Medical school is highly competitive. And

in order to be a viable applicant for medical school, you will need to keep your GPA at

or above 3.7, during your undergraduate career. You will also, you need to take what's known

as the MCAT, or the Medical College Admissions Test. This is a standardized exam, that all

med school applicants must complete. Medical schools use your MCAT scores, along with your

GPA, to evaluate your viability as a "stu", medical school student. Once you've started

medical school, you've committed to an additional four year course of study. The first two years

are typically reserved for didactic instruction in the health sciences, and the second two

years are typically reserved for clinical instruction. That is , learning the clinical

skills of being a physician. Upon completing medical school, you become a medical doctor.

However, you're not quite ready for brain surgery. First, you must complete a residency

in a surgical program. Particularly, in this case, in neurosurgery. Neurosurgery is one

of the few specialities that does not employ, necessarily, the match system. "How", so you

would need to apply to teaching hospitals that have a neurosurgery residency program.

This is a minimum of "a", an additional eight year course of study, beyond your medical

school education. And during these eight years, you learn first the skills of a surgeon, and

second the skills of a brain surgeon. Upon completion of your residency in neurosurgery,

you can opt to go on and do additional formal studies, during your fellowship. Upon completing

all of your formal post graduate training, you can take the board exam and become a practicing

neurosurgeon. This is Mark MacBayne, Practice Administrator for Hematology and Oncology,

and Bone Marrow Transplant at UCSF Medical Center.

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