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Hey. My name is shay. I am a British medical student in pakistan and I want to become a neurosurgeon or spinal surgeon in the future InSha'Allah. I need all the help I can get from you guys to get a clear picture of what I'm supposed to do. People don't get matched easily in this competitive time and it is so frustrating.so after completing all my steps with a decent score what am I supposed to do next? Do I have any chance of getting matched? If not can i do my post graduate studies and practice in the UK easily in my desired field? To become a neurosurgeon which residency will i have to opt for and what are an img's chances? Will I be a surgical resident or a neurological surgical resident? Please I would appreciate any help thanks a ton xxx
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In short could anyone please explain to me the path I'm supposed to follow to become a neurosurgeon in the US or Uk. What is my journey supposed to be after I graduate?
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Please dont find my comment harsh but simply this what you need, nothing less than that.

Excellent Usmle scores at least +250 (decent is not enough). First pass everything.
Research experience with publications.
US experience at least 2 months in well known hospitals.

Hugh amount of luck, and ERAS profile skills.

If you can marry a US citizan and get a green card it will boost your profile.
If you can get connections, or people who will make a phone call for you to the program director another help.
Ability to kill your ego and settle for a community program.
All this or you need to know someone who will pick you directly (prematch).

US doctor opportunities are not the same as it was in previous years, it is flooded by IMG's, I wish every health care in the world had this privilege of getting the best students with the highest motivation and settling them in a god forsaken place. This is USA 2014.
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So the chances for an img are slim. But what residency will i have to get into to become a neurosurgeon? I thought everyone who wants to become a surgeon tries to get into surgical residency? Do we have to choose our speciality from the beginning before applying to the US? Thanks alot for all your help!
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And prematch sounds unfair for the deserving students.
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Does anybody have any idea of the competition I'd have to face for starting my pg education in the UK?
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Neurosurgery is a separate speciality all of its own (i.e. you do not go through general surgery first, you actually do neurosurgery for 7 years). And it is EXTREMELY competitive for AMGs to get a spot, let alone IMG. You would have to have a serious amount of blessings to make it in as an IMG.
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Nothing is impossible, but you want to make it?

Work super hard from day 1, get 260+ on both Steps (preferably over 265 to be really good), pass CS on first attempt as well, be among the top few students in your medschool, do research (preferably neurosurgery related) in medschool, then when you graduate, do at least one year of neurosurgery research at a program that is not top tier here in the US so you can make contacts and that program may take you if you are so stellar. Also, you should get publications to show for the time you spend in research.

Do all of the above (and it will not be easy) and you will have a good chance (in my opinion).

Although, I honestly don't know how people can be so sure they want to do something without having any clinical experience. Neurosurgery in particular has a very demanding lifestyle.
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Thanks alot you guys for all the helpful suggestions (:
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thanks for the info
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