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ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON: Find Your Zone

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A typical week for an orthopedic surgeon involves two days in the operating room, two days in the clinic and the rest covering on-call services for a major Level 1 trauma center. In order to be successful in this field, one needs to understand the demands and appreciate the challenge and reward of helping others recover from trauma.

Degree: Medicine
Job Title: Orthopedic 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
National Statistic Change Location
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$205,000 - $370,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Hospital / Clinic, Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Empathy, Leadership ability, Likes working with hands, Organizational skills, Patience, Problem solving skills, Strength/stamina, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills
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m='9310'>week,</span> <span m='9900'>plus</span> <span m='10300'>going</span> <span m='10560'>to</span> <span m='10680'>clinic</span> <span m='10970'>two</span> <span m='11070'>days</span> <span m='11300'>a</span> <span m='11350'>week,</span> <span m='11870'>and</span> <span m='11970'>then</span> <span m='12090'>also</span> <span m='12420'>covering</span> <span m='12960'>on-call</span> <span m='13420'>services</span> <span m='13910'>for</span> <span m='14060'>a</span> <span m='14100'>major</span> <span m='14710'>level</span> <span m='14950'>one</span> <span m='15120'>trauma</span> <span m='15410'>center.</span> <span m='16000'>So</span> <span m='16140'>I</span> <span m='16219'>take</span> <span m='16430'>care</span> <span m='16560'>of</span> <span m='16600'>people</span> <span m='16900'>who have</span> <span m='17140'>been in</span> <span m='17190'>really bad</span> <span m='17600'>car</span> <span m='17850'>accidents</span> <span m='18140'>and that</span> <span m='18430'>sort of</span> <span m='18840'>thing</span> <span m='19070'>from</span> <span m='19520'>multiple</span> <span m='19830'>different</span> <span m='20110'>states.</span> </p><p><span m='21750'>I</span> <span m='22000'>always</span> <span m='22340'>enjoyed</span> <span m='23020'>building</span> <span m='23370'>and</span> <span m='23430'>fixing</span> <span m='23730'>things.</span> <span m='24060'>And</span> <span m='24140'>so</span> <span m='24280'>that's</span> <span m='24590'>what</span> <span m='24940'>led me to</span> <span m='25160'>this</span> <span m='25620'>career.</span> <span m='27000'>When</span> <span m='27170'>I</span> <span m='27260'>was</span> <span m='27410'>a</span> <span m='27460'>kid,</span> <span m='27720'>I</span> <span m='27770'>really</span> <span m='28020'>enjoyed</span> <span m='29850'>building</span> <span m='30140'>tree</span> <span m='30475'>forts</span> <span m='30810'>and</span> <span m='32200'>fixing</span> <span m='32470'>things.</span> <span m='33140'>And</span> <span m='33390'>I</span> <span m='33580'>also</span> <span m='33700'>had some</span> <span m='33840'>injuries</span> <span m='35000'>myself,</span> <span m='35570'>and</span> <span m='35850'>so</span> <span m='36050'>I</span> <span m='36210'>had an</span> <span m='36420'>idea</span> <span m='36510'>of</span> <span m='36830'>what</span> <span m='36960'>orthopedic</span> <span m='37120'>surgery</span> <span m='37230'>was all</span> <span m='37510'>about.</span> <span m='37660'>And that's</span> <span m='38010'>what led me</span> <span m='38360'>in that</span> <span m='38710'>direction.</span> </p><p><span m='43450'>The</span> <span m='43760'>thing</span> <span m='43940'>that</span> <span m='44080'>I</span> <span m='44190'>wish</span> <span m='44440'>that</span> <span m='44580'>I</span> <span m='44690'>knew</span> <span m='44910'>when</span> <span m='45090'>I</span> <span m='45210'>was</span> <span m='45610'>starting</span> <span m='46020'>this</span> <span 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