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DOCTOR, PLASTIC & RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY: Training In The OR

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This plastic surgery resident is currently finishing her training to become a surgeon. She is currently learning plastic surgery techniques so that she can practice on her own when she completes her training. She has a degree in Biology, an MBA, and a medical degree.

Degree: Biology - Medicine - MBA
Job Title: Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Job Summary: Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgeons

Job Description

Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgeons perform a variety of operations in order to repair or restore body parts to look normal, or to change a body part to look better. These types of surgery are highly specialized. They are characterized by careful preparation of the patient's skin and tissues, by precise cutting and suturing techniques, and by care taken to minimize scarring. Recent advances in the development of miniaturized instruments, new materials for artificial limbs and body parts, and improved surgical techniques have expanded the range of plastic surgery operations that can be performed.

On-the-Job Training

Residency/Internship

Additional Info

All physicians and surgeons must pass a standardized national licensure examination. M.D.s take the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). D.O.s take the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA). For specific state information about licensing, contact your state’s medical board.

Certification Requirement
Required by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$200,000 - $550,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Hospital / Clinic, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Detail oriented, Empathy, Hand-eye coordination, Likes working with hands, Patience, People skills, Problem solving skills, Technical skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills

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m='11550'>do</span> <span m='11780'>some</span> <span m='12000'>general</span> <span m='12300'>surgery</span> <span m='12680'>training.</span> <span m='13500'>And</span> <span m='13640'>after general</span> <span m='13850'>surgery</span> <span m='14700'>training,</span> <span m='15090'>I</span> <span m='15210'>decided</span> <span m='15560'>to</span> <span m='15640'>go</span> <span m='15800'>to</span> <span m='15900'>plastic</span> <span m='16250'>surgery,</span> <span m='16620'>and</span> <span m='16710'>now I'm</span> <span m='16985'>finishing</span> <span m='17260'>that</span> <span m='17460'>up.</span> </p><p><span m='17890'>So</span> <span m='18160'>as</span> <span m='18310'>a</span> <span m='18700'>plastic</span> <span m='18955'>surgery</span> <span m='19380'>resident,</span> <span m='19820'>I'm</span> <span m='20030'>still</span> <span m='20320'>in</span> <span m='20470'>training,</span> <span m='20980'>meaning</span> <span m='21370'>that</span> <span m='21530'>I'm</span> <span m='21620'>still</span> <span m='21820'>a</span> <span m='21870'>student</span> <span m='22390'>learning</span> <span m='22870'>the</span> <span m='23110'>trade</span> <span m='23520'>of</span> <span m='23590'>plastic</span> <span m='23970'>surgery.</span> <span m='24710'>So</span> <span m='24750'>I</span> <span m='24840'>spend</span> <span m='25030'>a</span> <span m='25100'>lot</span> <span m='25240'>of</span> <span m='25280'>my</span> <span m='25370'>time</span> <span m='25640'>in</span> <span m='25750'>the</span> <span m='25810'>operating</span> <span m='26290'>room,</span> <span m='26580'>but</span> <span m='26880'>I</span> <span m='26990'>don't</span> <span m='27220'>operate</span> <span m='27660'>simply</span> <span m='27820'>by</span> <span m='28010'>myself.</span> <span m='28410'>I operated</span> <span m='28850'>with</span> <span m='29080'>people</span> <span m='29300'>who have</span> <span m='29490'>completed</span> <span m='29850'>their</span> <span m='29950'>training.</span> <span m='30305'>They're</span> <span m='30660'>called</span> <span m='31010'>board</span> <span m='31350'>certified</span> <span m='31790'>plastic</span> <span m='32119'>surgeons.</span> </p><p><span m='32930'>And</span> <span m='33260'>it</span> <span m='33340'>gives</span> <span m='33500'>me</span> <span m='33630'>an</span> <span m='33770'>opportunity</span> <span m='34290'>to</span> <span m='34440'>learn</span> <span m='34730'>different</span> <span m='35020'>techniques,</span> <span m='35540'>so</span> <span m='35640'>that</span> <span m='35670'>when</span> <span m='35780'>I</span> <span m='35840'>finish,</span> <span m='36200'>which</span> <span m='36330'>will</span> <span m='36430'>be</span> <span m='36560'>in</span> <span m='36700'>June,</span> <span m='37300'>I</span> <span m='37380'>can go</span> <span m='37580'>out</span> <span m='37630'>and</span> <span m='37910'>practice</span> <span m='38530'>on</span> <span m='38690'>my</span> <span m='38820'>own.</span> </p><p><span m='39630'>The</span> <span m='39740'>path</span> <span m='40010'>to</span> <span m='40180'>medicine</span> <span m='40660'>starts</span> <span m='41090'>with</span> <span m='41420'>four</span> <span m='41640'>years</span> <span m='41940'>of</span> <span m='42350'>college</span> <span m='42660'>education.</span> <span m='43210'>I</span> <span m='43290'>did</span> <span m='43500'>my</span> <span m='44210'>undergraduate</span> <span m='44930'>and</span> <span m='45650'>received</span> <span m='46010'>a</span> <span m='46060'>bachelor's</span> <span m='46740'>in</span> <span m='47770'>biology.</span> <span m='49010'>After</span> <span m='49310'>that,</span> <span m='49590'>I</span> <span m='49650'>went</span> <span m='49830'>to</span> <span m='49920'>medical</span> <span m='50190'>school,</span> <span m='50440'>which</span> <span m='50560'>was</span> <span m='50720'>four</span> <span m='50940'>years.</span> <span m='52220'>I</span> <span m='52400'>graduated</span> <span m='52840'>and</span> <span m='52930'>got</span> <span m='53060'>my</span> <span m='53190'>MBA</span> <span m='53500'>degree.</span> <span m='53910'>And</span> <span m='54020'>then</span> <span m='54130'>after</span> <span m='54350'>that,</span> <span m='54650'>I</span> <span m='54740'>went</span> <span m='54930'>on</span> <span m='55140'>to</span> <span m='55410'>surgical</span> <span m='55820'>training,</span> <span m='56230'>first</span> <span m='56600'>with</span> <span m='56740'>general</span> <span m='57050'>surgery,</span> <span m='57400'>and</span> <span m='57490'>now</span> <span m='57650'>with</span> <span m='57770'>plastic</span> <span m='57840'>surgery.</span> </p><p><span m='58810'>What</span> <span m='59180'>I</span> <span m='59270'>know</span> <span m='59400'>now</span> <span m='59690'>that</span> <span m='59830'>I</span> <span m='59870'>wish</span> <span m='60090'>I</span> <span m='60150'>knew</span> <span m='60320'>when</span> <span m='60420'>I</span> <span m='60460'>was</span> <span m='60620'>in</span> <span m='60690'>high</span> <span m='60850'>school</span> <span m='61300'>was</span> <span m='61480'>the</span> <span m='61570'>fact</span> <span m='61880'>that</span> <span m='62620'>there's</span> <span m='62950'>a</span> <span m='63040'>lot</span> <span m='63210'>of</span> <span m='63270'>growth</span> <span m='63680'>when</span> <span m='64000'>you're</span> <span m='64160'>in</span> <span m='64230'>high</span> <span m='64379'>school.</span> <span m='64819'>So</span> <span m='65610'>decisions</span> <span m='65970'>that</span> <span m='66100'>you</span> <span m='66180'>make</span> <span m='66350'>in</span> <span m='66430'>high</span> <span m='66560'>school aren't</span> <span m='67060'>final.</span> <span m='67790'>So</span> <span m='68030'>if</span> <span m='68210'>you</span> <span m='68410'>weren't</span> <span m='68750'>necessarily</span> <span m='69280'>on</span> <span m='69570'>a</span> <span m='69670'>great</span> <span m='69960'>path,</span> <span m='70260'>it</span> <span m='70340'>doesn't</span> <span m='70550'>mean</span> <span m='70650'>you</span> <span m='70740'>can't</span> <span m='70980'>change,</span> <span m='71320'>and</span> <span m='71410'>if</span> <span m='71520'>you</span> <span m='71620'>were</span> <span m='72090'>on</span> <span m='72280'>a</span> <span m='72330'>good</span> <span m='72520'>path,</span> <span m='72870'>it</span> <span m='72970'>doesn't</span> <span m='73010'>mean</span> <span m='73180'>you</span> <span m='73290'>can't</span> <span m='73600'>make</span> <span m='73760'>it</span> <span m='73840'>better.</span> </p><p><span m='74610'>So</span> <span m='75850'>I</span> <span m='76050'>was</span> <span m='76840'>very</span> <span m='77400'>motivated</span> <span m='77900'>in</span> <span m='78000'>high</span> <span m='78150'>school,</span> <span m='78410'>but</span> <span m='78660'>sometimes</span> <span m='79080'>I</span> <span m='79120'>wish</span> <span m='79320'>I</span> <span m='79340'>would've</span> <span m='79510'>been</span> <span m='79630'>a</span> <span m='79690'>little</span> <span m='79860'>more</span> <span m='80080'>motivated</span> <span m='81180'>to</span> <span m='81300'>be</span> <span m='81430'>able</span> <span m='81640'>to</span> <span m='81880'>get</span> <span m='82050'>further</span> <span m='82170'>in</span> <span m='82340'>life.</span> <span m='82940'>And</span> <span m='83000'>sooner.</span> </p>","file":{"id":395354,"video_id":"3511102765001","name":"2577-Sybile-PlasticSurgeryResident1","duration":83825,"thumbnail_url":null}});