Becoming A Neurosurgeon

Becoming A Neurosurgeon


A fascinating guide to a career in neurosurgery written by award-winning journalist John Colapinto and based on the real-life experiences of an expert in the field—essential reading for someone considering a path to this most challenging profession.

Choosing what to do with your life begins with imagining yourself in a career, actually meeting the emotional, physical, and intellectual demands of the job. Often regarded as one of the most technically and emotionally demanding of surgical disciplines, becoming a neurosurgeon requires years of study. This practical guide offers a unique opportunity to see what daily life for a neurosurgeon is like, from someone who has mastered the profession and can explain what the risks and rewards of the job really are.

Joshua Bederson is the chief of Neurosurgery at the esteemed Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City. New Yorker writer John Colapinto brings to vivid life what Dr. Bederson’s professional life is like to show all the varied facets of his work, from extensive study and research to brain operations, one-on-one consultations with patients, and even staff meetings with fellow surgeons and students. Since Mt. Sinai is a teaching hospital, we learn alongside the residents and interns how Bederson trains neurosurgeons, passing along the knowledge and skills he honed over decades. The result is a multidimensional portrait of a man and a department, a practical guide for how to enter and learn the profession, as well as a moving glimpse into the world of patients and doctors who face some of life’s most harrowing challenges.


  • 001 BecomingANeurosurgeon Open
    Duration: 19s
  • 002 BecomingANeurosurgeon Ch01
    Duration: 21min
  • 003 BecomingANeurosurgeon Ch02
    Duration: 21min
  • 004 BecomingANeurosurgeon Ch03
    Duration: 17min
  • 005 BecomingANeurosurgeon Ch04
    Duration: 15min
  • 006 BecomingANeurosurgeon Ch05
    Duration: 16min
  • 007 BecomingANeurosurgeon Ch06
    Duration: 09min
  • 008 BecomingANeurosurgeon Ch07
    Duration: 15min
  • 009 BecomingANeurosurgeon Ch08
    Duration: 13min
  • 010 BecomingANeurosurgeon Ch09
    Duration: 15min
  • 011 BecomingANeurosurgeon Ch10
    Duration: 06min
  • 012 BecomingANeurosurgeon Ch11
    Duration: 25min
  • 013 BecomingANeurosurgeon Ch12
    Duration: 08min
  • 014 BecomingANeurosurgeon Ch13
    Duration: 11min
  • 015 BecomingANeurosurgeon Close
    Duration: 37s