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ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON: Helping People Is Thrilling

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Yassamin shares her story of being an orthopedic surgeon. She goes into detail about what a typical day is like for her when she's in the office and when she's in the operating room. She also shares the thrill she experienced when she discovered how medicine can help people.

Degree: Medicine
Job Title: Orthopedice Surgeon

Job Summary: Orthopedic Surgeon & Researcher

Job Description

Orthopedics is a medical specialty that focuses on the diagnosis, care, and treatment of patients with disorders of the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, and skin. These elements make up the musculoskeletal system. The physicians who specialize in this area are called orthopedic surgeons or orthopedic surgeons. Orthopedic surgeons are involved in all aspects of heath care pertaining to the musculoskeletal system. They use medical, physical, and rehabilitative methods as well as surgery.

On-the-Job Training

Internship/residency

Additional Info

Orthopaedics is an extremely competitive field. There are approximately 650 residency programs available each year in the 170 accredited programs. Candidates for orthopaedic residencies generally graduate at the top of their medical school classes. Most have completed a full orthopaedic rotation in medical school. About 7 percent of current orthopaedic surgery residents are women; about 20 percent are members of minority groups.

Certification Requirement
Required by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$205,000 - $370,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Patience, Problem solving skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Leadership ability, Strength/stamina, Empathy, Organizational skills, Likes working with hands

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m='11690'>see</span> <span m='11910'>patients</span> <span m='12440'>in</span> <span m='12550'>the</span> <span m='12650'>clinic</span> <span m='13380'>who</span> <span m='13930'>have</span> <span m='14390'>problems</span> <span m='14860'>with</span> <span m='15000'>their</span> <span m='15130'>bones</span> <span m='15450'>and</span> <span m='15600'>joints.</span> <span m='15940'>They</span> <span m='16030'>might</span> <span m='16350'>have</span> <span m='16730'>fractures.</span> <span m='17110'>They</span> <span m='17470'>might</span> <span m='17650'>have</span> <span m='17830'>torn</span> <span m='17900'>ligaments</span> <span m='18360'>or</span> <span m='18800'>tendons,</span> <span m='19530'>and</span> <span m='20830'>I</span> <span m='22170'>take</span> <span m='22380'>care</span> <span m='22695'>of</span> <span m='22852'>them</span> <span m='23010'>one</span> <span m='23220'>way</span> <span m='23340'>or</span> <span m='23400'>another.</span> <span m='26745'>I</span> <span m='27200'>answer</span> <span m='27540'>their</span> <span m='27690'>questions.</span> <span m='28653'>I</span> <span m='29146'>help</span> <span m='29393'>them</span> <span m='29640'>understand</span> <span m='30130'>what</span> <span m='30195'>their</span> <span m='30260'>problem</span> <span m='30715'>is,</span> <span m='31170'>and</span> <span m='31370'>then</span> <span m='33020'>I</span> <span m='33570'>treat</span> <span m='33890'>them.</span> <span m='34530'>Either</span> <span m='34800'>they</span> <span m='34950'>have</span> <span m='35160'>to</span> <span m='35240'>go</span> <span m='35410'>in</span> <span m='35480'>a cast</span> <span m='35855'>or</span> <span m='36042'>they</span> <span m='36230'>get</span> <span m='36540'>physical</span> <span m='36930'>therapy</span> <span m='37760'>or</span> <span m='38090'>they</span> <span m='38420'>need</span> <span m='38820'>surgery.</span> </p><p><span m='40296'>Other</span> <span m='40790'>days,</span> <span m='41160'>I'm</span> <span m='41290'>in</span> <span m='41350'>the</span> <span m='41500'>operating</span> <span m='41930'>room.</span> <span m='42720'>And</span> <span m='43630'>depending</span> <span m='44230'>on</span> <span m='44490'>whether</span> <span m='44750'>I'm</span> <span m='44860'>taking</span> <span m='45110'>care</span> <span m='45310'>of</span> <span m='45390'>emergency</span> <span m='45990'>cases</span> <span m='46660'>or</span> <span m='47530'>what</span> <span m='47670'>we</span> <span m='47780'>call</span> <span m='48160'>elective</span> <span m='48590'>surgery,</span> <span m='49110'>which</span> <span m='49330'>means</span> <span m='49640'>people</span> <span m='49980'>that</span> <span m='50140'>plan</span> <span m='50640'>to</span> <span m='50760'>have</span> <span m='50960'>surgery,</span> <span m='51850'>I</span> <span m='52110'>either</span> <span m='52660'>work</span> <span m='53120'>from</span> <span m='53650'>7:30</span> <span m='54370'>in</span> <span m='54480'>the</span> <span m='54560'>morning</span> <span m='55050'>to</span> <span m='55830'>5:00</span> <span m='56120'>in</span> <span m='56190'>the</span> <span m='56340'>afternoon</span> <span m='57090'>or</span> <span m='57370'>7:30</span> <span m='57850'>in</span> <span m='58000'>the</span> <span m='58070'>morning</span> <span m='58510'>to</span> <span m='58860'>7:00</span> <span m='59540'>the</span> <span m='59650'>next</span> <span m='59890'>day.</span> <span m='61150'>And</span> <span m='61800'>during</span> <span m='62110'>those</span> <span m='62370'>days,</span> <span m='62690'>when</span> <span m='64330'>I'm</span> <span m='64430'>working</span> <span m='64720'>for</span> <span m='64810'>the</span> <span m='64910'>emergency</span> <span m='65920'>cases,</span> <span m='66940'>I'm</span> <span m='67410'>available</span> <span m='68220'>to</span> <span m='68340'>the</span> <span m='68460'>emergency</span> <span m='68990'>room</span> <span m='69290'>to</span> <span m='69410'>take</span> <span m='69650'>care</span> <span m='69910'>of</span> <span m='70730'>problems</span> <span m='71510'>that</span> <span m='71660'>come</span> <span m='71930'>up</span> <span m='72140'>with</span> <span m='72320'>patients</span> <span m='72820'>who</span> <span m='72975'>need</span> <span m='73130'>surgery</span> <span m='73770'>or</span> <span m='74590'>diagnosis</span> <span m='75380'>of</span> <span m='75510'>a</span> <span m='75560'>problem</span> <span m='77370'>within</span> <span m='77700'>that</span> <span m='77890'>24</span> <span m='78420'>hours</span> <span m='78920'>that</span> <span m='79135'>are</span> <span m='79350'>emergent</span> <span m='79620'>problems.</span> </p><p><span m='80980'>The</span> <span m='81080'>first</span> <span m='81240'>thing</span> <span m='81420'>that</span> <span m='81540'>happened</span> <span m='81960'>was</span> <span m='82220'>when</span> <span m='82410'>I</span> <span m='82510'>was</span> <span m='83600'>kid--</span> <span m='83960'>I</span> <span m='84010'>was</span> <span m='84530'>12</span> <span m='84830'>or</span> <span m='84900'>13</span> <span m='85350'>years</span> <span m='85590'>old--</span> <span m='85870'>my</span> <span m='85960'>mother</span> <span m='86280'>worked</span> <span m='86620'>at</span> <span m='86700'>a</span> <span m='86790'>hospital.</span> <span m='87940'>And</span> <span m='88260'>she</span> <span m='88550'>knew</span> <span m='88910'>some</span> <span m='89140'>of</span> <span m='89260'>the</span> <span m='89360'>surgeons,</span> <span m='89990'>and</span> <span m='90230'>asked</span> <span m='90270'>them</span> <span m='90540'>if</span> <span m='90680'>there</span> <span m='90825'>was</span> <span m='90970'>any</span> <span m='91150'>chance</span> <span m='91520'>that</span> <span m='91670'>I</span> <span m='91720'>could</span> <span m='91970'>go</span> <span m='92190'>watch</span> <span m='92540'>a</span> <span m='92590'>surgery.</span> <span m='93280'>And</span> <span m='93780'>I</span> <span m='93880'>watched</span> <span m='94330'>an</span> <span m='94460'>open-heart</span> <span m='94990'>surgery.</span> <span m='96120'>And</span> <span m='96270'>unfortunately,</span> <span m='96920'>I</span> <span m='97000'>was</span> <span m='97190'>late</span> <span m='97470'>to</span> <span m='97560'>the</span> <span m='97710'>operating</span> <span m='98160'>room,</span> <span m='98380'>so</span> <span m='98530'>they</span> <span m='98760'>had</span> <span m='98905'>just</span> <span m='99050'>closed</span> <span m='99610'>the</span> <span m='99700'>heart,</span> <span m='101310'>but</span> <span m='101510'>the</span> <span m='101960'>surgeon</span> <span m='102820'>picked</span> <span m='103060'>up</span> <span m='103190'>the</span> <span m='103280'>heart,</span> <span m='103610'>held</span> <span m='103775'>it</span> <span m='103940'>in</span> <span m='104030'>his</span> <span m='104120'>hands,</span> <span m='104650'>and</span> <span m='104780'>said,</span> <span m='104970'>look,</span> <span m='105310'>here's</span> <span m='105530'>the</span> <span m='105620'>heart.</span> <span m='105860'>It's</span> <span m='106060'>beating.</span> </p><p><span m='109610'>They</span> <span m='109780'>were</span> <span m='109910'>very</span> <span m='110340'>afraid.</span> <span m='110810'>The</span> <span m='110900'>nurses</span> <span m='111260'>stood</span> <span m='111500'>behind</span> <span m='111860'>me</span> <span m='112010'>and</span> <span m='112140'>made</span> <span m='112270'>sure</span> <span m='112430'>I</span> <span m='112480'>didn't</span> <span m='112760'>faint,</span> <span m='113420'>but</span> <span m='113670'>the</span> <span m='113900'>sight</span> <span m='114190'>of</span> <span m='114470'>that</span> <span m='114625'>really</span> <span m='114780'>excited</span> <span m='115185'>me.</span> <span m='115590'>I</span> <span m='116030'>thought,</span> <span m='116280'>this</span> <span m='116698'>is</span> <span m='117116'>amazing.</span> <span m='117952'>This</span> <span m='118370'>guy</span> <span m='118530'>has</span> <span m='118820'>his</span> <span m='119080'>hand</span> <span m='119340'>in</span> <span m='119680'>someone's</span> <span m='119802'>body,</span> <span m='119925'>and</span> <span m='120047'>he's</span> <span m='120170'>helping</span> <span m='120600'>them.</span> <span m='121250'>And</span> <span m='121380'>that</span> <span m='121850'>really</span> <span m='122120'>thrilled</span> <span m='122550'>me</span> <span m='122760'>I</span> <span m='123010'>thought</span> <span m='123180'>that</span> <span m='123530'>was</span> <span m='123875'>great.</span> <span m='124220'>So</span> <span m='124760'>I</span> <span m='125055'>had</span> <span m='125202'>it</span> <span m='125350'>in</span> <span m='125490'>the</span> <span m='125550'>back</span> <span m='125810'>of</span> <span m='125870'>my</span> <span m='125970'>mind</span> <span m='126290'>that</span> <span m='126450'>I'd</span> <span m='126610'>like</span> <span m='126890'>to</span> <span m='126950'>be</span> <span m='127010'>a</span> <span m='127070'>doctor.</span> <span m='127480'>And</span> <span m='127580'>when</span> <span m='127780'>I</span> <span m='128660'>finished</span> <span m='129070'>high</span> <span m='129229'>school,</span> <span m='129820'>I</span> <span m='129940'>applied</span> <span m='130389'>to</span> <span m='130479'>this</span> <span m='130699'>program</span> <span m='131390'>for</span> <span m='131540'>people</span> <span m='131830'>who</span> <span m='131950'>knew</span> <span m='132170'>they</span> <span m='132300'>wanted</span> <span m='132620'>to</span> <span m='132710'>be</span> <span m='132890'>a</span> <span m='133345'>doctor,</span> <span m='133800'>and</span> <span m='133910'>it</span> <span m='134130'>was</span> <span m='134420'>a</span> <span m='134910'>seven-year</span> <span m='135560'>program</span> <span m='136150'>that</span> <span m='136780'>you</span> <span m='137580'>entered</span> <span m='137990'>the</span> <span m='138080'>program</span> <span m='139290'>in</span> <span m='139710'>the</span> <span m='139870'>first</span> <span m='140180'>year</span> <span m='140330'>of</span> <span m='140420'>college</span> <span m='141490'>and</span> <span m='141740'>did</span> <span m='142630'>medical</span> <span m='143040'>school</span> <span m='143450'>courses</span> <span m='144200'>throughout</span> <span m='144960'>your</span> <span m='145840'>years,</span> <span m='147720'>as</span> <span m='147910'>well</span> <span m='148130'>as</span> <span m='148320'>getting</span> <span m='148690'>a</span> <span m='148740'>bachelor's.</span> </p><p><span m='149800'>And</span> <span m='149960'>then</span> <span m='150170'>I</span> <span m='150300'>did</span> <span m='150670'>a</span> <span m='152560'>residency,</span> <span m='154060'>which</span> <span m='154320'>is</span> <span m='154520'>where</span> <span m='154660'>you</span> <span m='155020'>train</span> <span m='155790'>specifically</span> <span m='156940'>in</span> <span m='158770'>your</span> <span m='159820'>specialty,</span> <span m='160480'>so</span> <span m='160965'>orthopedic</span> <span m='161450'>surgery.</span> <span m='162420'>And</span> <span m='162905'>after</span> <span m='163390'>that,</span> <span m='163520'>I</span> <span m='163885'>did</span> <span m='164250'>a</span> <span m='164530'>fellowship,</span> <span m='164810'>which</span> <span m='165000'>was</span> <span m='166370'>sub-specialty</span> <span m='167150'>training,</span> <span m='168060'>which</span> <span m='168320'>is</span> <span m='168460'>what</span> <span m='168620'>I</span> <span m='168690'>do</span> <span m='168900'>most</span> <span m='169230'>of</span> <span m='169370'>all,</span> <span m='169770'>which</span> <span m='169990'>is</span> <span m='170210'>shoulder</span> <span m='170592'>surgery.</span> <span m='171740'>So</span> <span m='173050'>a</span> <span m='173140'>total</span> <span m='173500'>of</span> <span m='173960'>many</span> <span m='174220'>years</span> <span m='174530'>of</span> <span m='175016'>training.</span> <span m='175990'>What</span> <span m='176140'>I</span> <span m='176550'>know</span> <span m='176996'>now</span> <span m='177442'>that's</span> <span m='178780'>different</span> <span m='180570'>than</span> <span m='181720'>when</span> <span m='181930'>I</span> <span m='182010'>first</span> <span m='183610'>found</span> <span m='183920'>this</span> <span m='184110'>career</span> <span m='184470'>path--</span> <span m='185440'>I</span> <span m='185570'>thought</span> <span m='186170'>being</span> <span m='186580'>awake</span> <span m='187240'>at</span> <span m='187460'>night</span> <span m='188090'>was</span> <span m='188280'>very</span> <span m='188550'>exciting</span> <span m='189110'>when</span> <span m='189250'>I</span> <span m='189310'>first</span> <span m='189600'>started.</span> <span m='190460'>And</span> <span m='190866'>now</span> <span m='191272'>it's</span> <span m='191678'>not</span> <span m='192084'>exciting.</span> <span m='192490'>So</span> <span m='193610'>being</span> <span m='194300'>awoken</span> <span m='194840'>at</span> <span m='195310'>2:00</span> <span m='195390'>in</span> <span m='195435'>the</span> <span m='195480'>morning</span> <span m='195860'>to</span> <span m='196070'>answer</span> <span m='196280'>someone's</span> <span m='196700'>call,</span> <span m='197000'>I</span> <span m='197300'>don't</span> <span m='197600'>enjoy.</span> </p>","file":{"id":294024,"video_id":"2700975997001","name":"1000-Yassmin-p-OrthopedicSurgeon","duration":198554,"thumbnail_url":null}});