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Functional neurosurgeon compensation
The prevailing sentiment is that people go into functional because they cannot operate. If/when you decide to pursue it, know that people will make those jokes. If you like patients that walk back into clinic and thank you for improving their quality of life, then functional is a solid option. So is bread and butter spine. Not true of vascular and tumor.

The reality is that neurosurgery is rapidly transitioning away from the maximally invasive practice style of the 80s/90s. SRS, pipeline, LITT - just three of the techniques that have already radically altered the field. This will only accelerate going forward. Technology is the great leveler of skill.

Interesting that the residents saw fit to share that opinion with a medical student.
@ drstrange That's one of the main reasons I'm interested in the sort of DBS+ spine career set up you were talking about. Idk if I can handle seeing so many devastated patients for the rest of my career from strokes, tumors, TBI etc... It would be really nice to have some patients who actually turn out pretty well lol.

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