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  Interested in Neurosurgery and Orthopedics
Posted by: Guest - 06-07-2020, 04:25 PM - Forum: General interest - Replies (4)

Hi all, I'm an incoming MS1 who is interested in neurosurgery and orthopedics. I was wondering if there is any advice you guys would have on figuring out if either field is right for me and how to approach med school (ie. the type of research I might do) so that I'm set up to be a strong applicant for either field in my later years. I've thought that doing spine research might be the way to go because there is an overlap there between neurosurgery and ortho but would like to get your guys' take on anything else I might want to keep in mind.

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  Symposium Impressions
Posted by: Guest - 06-06-2020, 03:16 PM - Forum: On the trail - Replies (29)

Hey everyone, please post impressions of the program info sessions that you attend during the symposium this weekend! Would be a great way to coordinate since we all got so few.

I just got out of MGH - obviously research is unparalleled, chances for an academic career are fantastic. Residents/faculty have clearly heard about concerns regarding operative volume/autonomy, and it seems to be an area they are focused on. Cons: mostly only rotating at MGH so will miss out on community/public safety net hospital, little time spent at Children's, q5 in-house call as a senior. Clear preference for tumor work, which can be a pro if it's your interest.

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  Did I make the right choice?
Posted by: MilesDavis - 06-06-2020, 03:03 PM - Forum: General interest - Replies (10)

A little while ago I was in the following position: I had been accepted to Penn, Hopkins, NYU, and Columbia for med school. Penn, Hopkins, and Columbia would have all cost around $350k-$400k and NYU would have cost 0$ due to a scholarship. I am interested in neurosurgery and was pretty torn about this decision considering Hopkins and Columbia, in particular, seem to match so amazingly in neurosurgery (and I guess pretty much everything else). I ended up going with NYU because I just couldn't justify spending that much more money for med school. I also thought that even though NYU is currently considered less prestigious than these other schools it seems to be rising in the rankings and still has a pretty good reputation. Do you guys think I made the right choice? NYU grads seem to match pretty well into neurosurgery but I can't shake the feeling that going to a place like Hopkins would have really given me a leg up when residency application time comes around.

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  Undergrad extracurricular activities
Posted by: Guest - 06-06-2020, 11:10 AM - Forum: General Discussion - No Replies

As someone starting undergrad,neurosurgery intrigues me. I’m curios as to how many total hours I should dedicate to extracurriculars over the course of the 3 years before applications to med school are due. For an applicant who is competitive for top 20 med schools, roughly how many total hours should be given to:
-clinical volunteering
-non clinical volunteering 
-other extracurriculars

If there’s any other necessary aspect needed to get into a top led School that I’m missing please let me know. I’m just wondering how many hours total and per week I should set aside for this stuff.

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Smile P/f
Posted by: Guest - 06-05-2020, 05:31 PM - Forum: General Discussion - No Replies

starting this fall, assuming COVID goes away, I will be a M1 at a pass/fail school for the preclinical years. Does this grading system make class significantly easier? How much study time per day needs to Be devoted to studying for school. Could you Dare to say that’s studying for class is easier if not the same as undergrad? I know I sound stupid but I’d just like to have an expectation? Also im attending the med school at PennState. Since it’s a lower ranked school and the step 1 will be pass fail, what does this mean in terms of matching?

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Star 2020 charting outcomes
Posted by: Guest - 06-05-2020, 05:07 PM - Forum: General interest - No Replies

As someone interested in applying to neurosurger, charting the outcomes seems like a great resource. Does anybody have an idea as to when the 2020 edition will be published?

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  Chances of matching
Posted by: Guest - 06-05-2020, 09:30 AM - Forum: International applicants - Replies (4)

I am an IMG wanting to pursue Neurosurgery in the US. I know it's extremely difficult, and many try and only few manage to succeed. 
I had given my Step1 about two yrs ago, and could manage only a score of around 235-240. I should not be giving reasons, but I was totally not prepared for it due to personal reasons but couldn't cancel the scheduled slot. 
I have consistently been the topper of my class for all the 4yrs and received gold medals in most of the individual subjects as well (from a top5-10 ranked medical school of my country). 
I can only think if Neurosurgery as a career ahead, and am not even considering other options. 
I've managed to do some research, published a few and working on a few more. 
I plan to give my Step2 (and try my best), and do a few subI/observerships next year (if everything returns to normalcy).
What are my chances of getting interviews/matching for 2021 cycle, or with research year off for 2022 cycle? Wanted straightforward honest replies, even if that hurts very bad. 
I'd would rather focus on residency in my home country, and am sure I'd do much better with little preparation, but even if there's 1-5% chances of matching in US, I want to give it a shot.
Appreciate all the guidance in advance.

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  Research year under a non-neurosurgeon?
Posted by: Guest - 06-04-2020, 10:05 PM - Forum: How to prep for applications - Replies (1)

I've been looking into research year options, and originally aimed to only work under a neurosurgeon scientist with the thought that it would be better to get a letter from someone in the field. Unfortunately, these connections are hard to come by and I'm now wondering if I should start reaching out to non-neurosurgeons who are performing similar research. What are people's thoughts on this? Is it worth it if it means working in a productive lab with an interesting project, or does the lack of a neurosurgeon letter offset the benefits?

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  Extracurriculars besides pubs
Posted by: Guest - 06-04-2020, 06:50 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (16)

im going to begin medical school soon and was wondering what is needed in terms of extracurriculars for NS. In order to get into med school I needed research, clinical experience , nonclincal experience, etc. what is needed in order to match neurosurgery besides grades, test scores, LORs,etc. basically what I’m asking is: what do I need to do in terms of extracurriculars in order to successfully match? Do I just need to work on research and pubs?

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  subI general question
Posted by: Guest - 06-03-2020, 04:13 AM - Forum: Sub-internships - Replies (5)

How does applying to sub-I process work? When do we do this? 
Is sub-I competitive? How many do we need to apply/complete internship? Is it paid?
Why can't we just do one in our home department? Do we have to APPLY to our own department sub-I as well? Are they allow to reject their own students..? 

What are the "tiers" for sub-I programs? Does it matter?

-naive 1st year medical student in California 
Thank you

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