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Big Grin Brain Transplant?
Posted by: Matthew Szymczyk - 06-15-2020, 09:59 PM - Forum: General interest - Replies (2)


Now i know this is a far reached question, but knowingly i am aware that brain transplants are not a possibility at this very moment, although head transplant is.

Now i am not aware of how much research is currently going into brain transplant ( research aspect) but i have stumbled upon wondering about life and death the other day, and that the only possible way of living more than expected would be to give a brain it self a new body, now i know that the actual research into rejoining the nerves within the spinal cord is virtually impossible as the tissue it self ( as per research ) will only re join in ideal circumstances. But given that research going well would it be possible one day?

Also would the almost new kid on the block be a game changer ( stem cells ). now i heard that they have grown bladders, livers, limbs etc out of stem cells to be donate to the ones that need them. But would it be possibility to grow a full human body out of them for either a brain itself to be inserted to or the head to be attached onto it ( given the brain is healthy ie. no schizophrenia or alike ). if not so if a body was to be grown out of stem cells, to make sure of a acceptance of the brain or the head would there not be a interest in having a long term subject, ie a person that can donate DNA/blood  in their mid age to develop a full human body that will slowly grow over time to be ready for when it is required. What i mean by that is virtually a replica of a healthy human being created in a lab out of stem cells to have a brain inserted into it once the donor of the blood/DNA is coming to his/hers last days. virtually meaning that they have nothing to loose and have agreed to the research. ( now the thinking is that since the person is passing away anyway that research creates the opportunity for them to possibly double their life expectancy)

Now whether is ethical or not is another question but it would mean that people get a second chance at life it self, or even possibly be a game changer for people that are guaranteed to die prematurely because of an accident or cancer ( as long as it is not brain ).

Now of course if such a thing was a possibility it would have to have regulations and applicability to make sure the world does not become over populated.  but if there was a number of population that agreed not to have children in exchange for them to virtually have their life expectancy doubled, the knowledge and solutions that those people could hold would virtually be endless due to the time that has been made of avail to them.

Now i know all this is a far reach and almost dystopian like but i would be open to hear other peoples discussions ( particularly within the field and people alike that hold interests within such advancements)

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  What does it take to be let go from residency?
Posted by: Guest - 06-15-2020, 01:38 PM - Forum: General interest - Replies (29)

Incoming PGY-1 that always thought being let go from residency was something rare and would require consistent major mistakes to occur. From the most recent posts it seems as though being forced to resign may be more common that I thought. Maybe I'm wrong and its just a few people making repeated posts on the forum but I would like to know what does it take to actually be let go from residency.

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  Greenberg's or Fundamentals for Sub-I?
Posted by: Guest - 06-13-2020, 12:41 PM - Forum: Sub-internships - Replies (7)

Which of these two books would you all recommend for a sub-I? Is fundamentals more trimmed down for the things you'll actually be expected to know, or is it worth investing in the big boi to see what the residents are actually learning?

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  Fail to match
Posted by: Guest - 06-12-2020, 09:27 PM - Forum: General interest - Replies (1)

How likely is it to match once you fail the first time? If one is really passionate and doesn’t care where they do residency, this must be attainable

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  Second thoughts
Posted by: Guest - 06-10-2020, 11:39 PM - Forum: General interest - Replies (8)

Did any of you have a good deal of second thoughts about going into neurosurgery as medical students? I find it to be the most interesting and inspiring field in medicine but the really bad outcomes some patients experience has given me some pause about whether I will be able to emotionally handle this as a career. Did any of you have similar feelings at some points in your training?

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  Research unrelated to neurosurgery
Posted by: Guest - 06-10-2020, 12:32 PM - Forum: General interest - Replies (3)

I'm an m1 interested in a few different fields. Would having research unrelated to neurosurgery like ENT, melanoma, or Ortho research either not help or possibly even hurt my app because it might show I'm not fully committed to neurosurgery? What do you guys think?

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  New Website
Posted by: admin - 06-08-2020, 06:26 PM - Forum: Uncle Harvey Back! - Replies (17)

Uncle Harvey is back!  Check out the new, improved, site at http://www.uncleharvey.com

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  functional job market
Posted by: Guest - 06-08-2020, 04:38 PM - Forum: General interest - Replies (3)

What is the current outlook for a newly graduated resident who is fellowship-trained in functional neurosurgery? Do all of the jobs exist at large academic medical centers? What percent of your cases are actually DBS vs spine etc.? How big of a pay cut are you taking? I've heard the word on the street is functional pays super low right now.

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  Skull Base?
Posted by: Guest - 06-08-2020, 02:41 AM - Forum: General interest - Replies (1)

Does skull base generally refer to Skull base tumor or vascular?

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  Dual Applying in Covid Cycle
Posted by: TexidorsTwinge - 06-07-2020, 09:43 PM - Forum: How to prep for applications - No Replies

with aways cancelled and no cap on interviews (yet) is anyone planning on dual applying?

Applying into neurosurgery is no guaranteed feat even in the best conditions, so with the curveball this year I'm torn between 
anesthesia and radiology as potential fallbacks. Avoiding general surgery bc I don't want to run the bowels all day. 

For residents who dual applied, which backups appealed to you most?

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