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Resilience in Neurosurgery

Last Updated: September 30, 2018


Embarking on, completing a neurosurgery residency and practicing as a neurosurgeon are not for the weak of heart. The immense demands of a residency and career in neurosurgery come with vast mental, physical, and emotional strains. Acknowledgement of the pressures on the individual is essential to appropriately manage a career that often includes maladaptive responses such as burnout.

Stressors of a Neurosurgery Residency

Acknowledgement of stressors and burnout is an essential step toward developing appropriate coping and management mechanisms. In this article, I will overview the major stressors affecting neurosurgical residents during daily patient care. To appropriately manage these stressors, the resident must develop resilience. Many of these principles apply to the...