Spring Semester Shadowing: Neurosurgery

Hi guys! Today I’m writing about my experience shadowing Neurosurgery and how I was shocked to find I actually enjoyed this specialty.

Sad news is that I didn’t shadow on a surgery day. Instead, I shadowed on a clinic day where the doctor saw patients either post-operation or if he was consulted to see a new patient. I can’t wait until the day I get to scrub in during a brain surgery!

The doctor saw about 6 patients in the hour that I was with him. One patient was post-op and was there to review her brain scans after her previous surgery. The other patients were all referred to him from other physicians. Neurosurgery deals with surgically treating issues of the spinal cord, brain, and other parts of the nervous system. All of the patients I saw had issues dealing with the brain specifically.

Anatomy really prepared me to see structures on a variety of modalities! I feel way more comfortable viewing MRI’s and CT’s than I did before med school. I was able to actually recognize arteries and structures on the patient’s MRI’s and CT’s which made me feel connected to the patient and helped me understand the depth of their disease.

I think I liked this experience so much because the doctor was SO passionate about his specialty. He really loved his job and that made it so appealing to me. He told me that balance between his work and home life is sometimes difficult, but loving his career makes it easier.

Have you ever seen a brain surgery!? I’ve heard that it’s so hard to distinguish healthy brain from diseased brain! Eek.

Check out my past shadowing experiences herehere, and here!


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