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NEUROSURGERY RESIDENT: Parents Are Doctors, Said Don't Be One; But He Loves It

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Stephan is a Neurosurgery Resident from the Czech Republic who has studied in the U.S. and hopes to return here again for practice. He takes care of patients from 6am-4pm and then researches until 8pm. It's hard work but he's managed to have a great time along the way.

Degree: Medicine - Neurobiology and Neurosciences
Job Title: Neurosurgery Resident

Job Summary: Neurosurgeons

Job Description

Neurosurgeons are a type of physician who specialize in researching, rehabilitating, and performing surgery on the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, or other nerve tissue.

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$200,000 - $700,000
Projected job growth
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10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
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Full-time, Long hours
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Office, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
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Detail oriented, Patience, Analytical skills, Verbal communication skills, Technical skills, Strength/stamina, Hand-eye coordination, Likes working with hands

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m='12760'>probably</span> <span m='13560'>about</span> <span m='13780'>the</span> <span m='13860'>same</span> <span m='14150'>as</span> <span m='14250'>here</span> <span m='14630'>in</span> <span m='14810'>the</span> <span m='14990'>United</span> <span m='15420'>States.</span> </p><p><span m='15920'>I</span> <span m='16050'>got</span> <span m='16270'>to</span> <span m='16640'>be</span> <span m='17240'>in</span> <span m='17370'>a</span> <span m='17400'>hospital</span> <span m='17900'>between</span> <span m='18230'>6:00</span> <span m='18490'>and</span> <span m='18650'>7:00.</span> <span m='19450'>I</span> <span m='19540'>do</span> <span m='19860'>take</span> <span m='20120'>care</span> <span m='21600'>of the</span> <span m='21700'>patients</span> <span m='22150'>til,</span> <span m='22940'>I</span> <span m='23060'>don't</span> <span m='23200'>know,</span> <span m='23310'>4:00</span> <span m='23660'>PM</span> <span m='24170'>or</span> <span m='24290'>so.</span> <span m='24950'>And then</span> <span m='25240'>til,</span> <span m='25860'>I</span> <span m='25970'>don't</span> <span m='26120'>know,</span> <span m='26300'>8:00, 9:00,</span> <span m='26670'>10:00,</span> <span m='27270'>I</span> <span m='27400'>do</span> <span m='27640'>a</span> <span m='27670'>bit</span> <span m='27880'>of</span> <span m='27960'>science.</span> </p><p><span m='29290'>So</span> <span m='30110'>why</span> <span m='30400'>I</span> <span m='30520'>chose</span> <span m='30810'>medicine,</span> <span m='33210'>it</span> <span m='33400'>probably--</span> <span m='34600'>my</span> <span m='34770'>both</span> <span m='34990'>parents</span> <span m='35380'>are</span> <span m='35500'>doctors.</span> <span m='36320'>So</span> <span m='36780'>they</span> <span m='36930'>actually</span> <span m='37240'>told</span> <span m='37520'>me</span> <span m='37650'>to</span> <span m='37760'>not</span> <span m='37940'>to</span> <span m='38020'>do</span> <span m='38140'>medicine,</span> <span m='38770'>to</span> <span m='38900'>do</span> <span m='39370'>whatever</span> <span m='39770'>else</span> <span m='40160'>but</span> <span m='40300'>not</span> <span m='40420'>medicine.</span> <span m='41320'>But</span> <span m='41570'>it</span> <span m='41820'>has</span> <span m='42110'>an</span> <span m='42220'>influence,</span> <span m='42750'>definitely.</span> </p><p><span m='44070'>And</span> <span m='44500'>so</span> <span m='44810'>after</span> <span m='45110'>the</span> <span m='45220'>high</span> <span m='45430'>school,</span> <span m='45770'>I</span> <span m='45830'>went</span> <span m='46810'>directly</span> <span m='47075'>to</span> <span m='47340'>the</span> <span m='47450'>med</span> <span m='47850'>school.</span> <span m='48950'>And</span> <span m='49255'>why</span> <span m='49560'>neurosurgery?</span> <span m='50820'>I</span> <span m='50940'>love</span> <span m='51200'>working</span> <span m='51500'>with</span> <span m='51650'>hands,</span> <span m='51900'>so</span> <span m='52130'>manual</span> <span m='52540'>work.</span> <span m='52990'>And</span> <span m='53600'>I</span> <span m='53680'>love</span> <span m='53970'>neuroscience,</span> <span m='54800'>neuroanatomy,</span> <span m='55590'>so</span> <span m='55720'>it</span> <span m='55770'>does</span> <span m='55970'>make</span> <span m='56130'>sense</span> <span m='56390'>to</span> <span m='56510'>combine</span> <span m='56960'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='57800'>I</span> <span m='57860'>started</span> <span m='58260'>residency</span> <span m='59260'>in</span> <span m='59400'>the</span> <span m='59490'>Czech</span> <span m='59690'>Republic.</span> <span m='60670'>But</span> <span m='60830'>I</span> <span m='60900'>spent</span> <span m='61170'>some</span> <span m='61330'>time</span> <span m='61570'>in</span> <span m='61650'>London.</span> <span m='62120'>And</span> <span m='62980'>I</span> <span m='63050'>was</span> <span m='63250'>at</span> <span m='63360'>Harvard</span> <span m='64580'>last</span> <span m='64920'>year.</span> <span m='67100'>And</span> <span m='67300'>I'm</span> <span m='67380'>going</span> <span m='67750'>to</span> <span m='67890'>be</span> <span m='68800'>in</span> <span m='68870'>Minnesota</span> <span m='70710'>for</span> <span m='70810'>January</span> <span m='71290'>on.</span> <span m='71940'>So</span> <span m='72280'>probably</span> <span m='73160'>I would</span> <span m='73240'>love</span> <span m='73560'>to</span> <span m='73690'>move</span> <span m='73870'>to the</span> <span m='74080'>United</span> <span m='74330'>States</span> <span m='74540'>at</span> <span m='74710'>some</span> <span m='74880'>point.</span> </p><p><span m='76210'>My</span> <span m='76360'>advice</span> <span m='76640'>probably</span> <span m='77080'>would</span> <span m='77360'>be</span> <span m='78330'>think</span> <span m='78540'>about</span> <span m='78740'>what</span> <span m='78900'>you</span> <span m='79000'>want</span> <span m='79160'>to</span> <span m='79220'>do</span> <span m='79960'>and</span> <span m='80760'>do</span> <span m='80940'>it.</span> <span m='81300'>I</span> <span m='81360'>mean,</span> <span m='82010'>don't</span> <span m='82240'>waste</span> <span m='82490'>your</span> <span m='82680'>time.</span> <span m='85060'>If</span> <span m='85190'>you</span> <span m='85680'>want</span> <span m='85850'>to</span> <span m='85900'>do</span> <span m='85990'>something</span> <span m='86300'>for</span> <span m='86460'>your</span> <span m='86560'>career,</span> <span m='87330'>start</span> <span m='87700'>early.</span> <span m='88060'>If</span> <span m='88330'>you</span> <span m='88600'>want</span> <span m='88740'>to</span> <span m='88800'>have</span> <span m='89030'>a</span> <span m='89530'>great</span> <span m='89840'>time</span> <span m='90730'>on</span> <span m='91390'>a</span> <span m='91750'>high</span> <span m='91970'>school</span> <span m='92460'>or a</span> <span m='92860'>med</span> <span m='93090'>school</span> <span m='93480'>or</span> <span m='93630'>whatever</span> <span m='93660'>school</span> <span m='94410'>you</span> <span m='94740'>will</span> <span m='95050'>attend,</span> <span m='97620'>just</span> <span m='97970'>as</span> <span m='98430'>I</span> <span m='98760'>did,</span> <span m='100316'>it's</span> <span m='101120'>100%</span> <span m='101700'>OK.</span> <span m='102210'>But</span> <span m='102720'>just</span> <span m='102970'>be</span> <span m='103140'>aware</span> <span m='103380'>of</span> <span m='103830'>that</span> <span m='105300'>if you</span> <span m='105400'>want</span> <span m='105540'>to</span> <span m='105580'>have</span> <span m='105740'>a</span> <span m='105820'>great</span> <span m='106070'>time,</span> <span m='106420'>just have</span> <span m='106660'>a</span> <span m='106720'>great</span> <span m='106960'>time.</span> <span m='107260'>Travel</span> <span m='107530'>a lot</span> <span m='107800'>and</span> <span m='107890'>all</span> <span m='108120'>this</span> <span m='108360'>stuff.</span> </p><p><span m='110750'>I</span> <span m='110850'>mean,</span> <span m='112650'>probably</span> <span m='113290'>some</span> <span m='113510'>of</span> <span m='113630'>my</span> <span m='114450'>classmates</span> <span m='115660'>on</span> <span m='115850'>med</span> <span m='116290'>school</span> <span m='117600'>have</span> <span m='117910'>much</span> <span m='118130'>more</span> <span m='118310'>published</span> <span m='118780'>papers</span> <span m='118960'>and</span> <span m='119270'>all</span> <span m='119580'>this</span> <span m='119700'>stuff.</span> <span m='120450'>But</span> <span m='121440'>you</span> <span m='121590'>know?</span> <span m='122130'>I</span> <span m='122210'>had</span> <span m='122330'>a</span> <span m='122360'>great</span> <span m='122610'>time.</span> <span m='123970'>And</span> <span m='124560'>I</span> <span m='124600'>made</span> <span m='124850'>it</span> <span m='124960'>anyway.</span> 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