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From time to time on Neurosurgery Blog, you will see us cross-posting or linking to items from other places that we believe will be of interest to our readers. Today’s post originally appeared in the New York Times on Oct. 11 as part of the “It’s Never Too Late” series. The article discusses how Myron Rolle, MD, a PGY-6 neurosurgery resident at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass., transitioned from playing in the NFL to neurosurgery.

Dr. Rolle notes that he was inspired to become a neurosurgeon by the book “Gifted Hands” by Benjamin S. Carson, MD, FAANS (L) — a memoir that detailed how Dr. Carson went from being an inner-city youth with poor grades to the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. Dr. Rolle’s long-term goal is to practice neurosurgery in the U.S. and spend a portion of the year in the Caribbean, developing neurosurgical services in the Bahamas and member states of CARICOM, an organization of Caribbean countries.

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