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PLASTIC SURGEON: Combining The Technical & The Artistic

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This Plastic Surgeon describes his work rebuilding people when they get sick or hurt. It's extremely rewarding to see people beginning to feel better and get on with their lives. Plastic Surgery is a great field, as it combines the technical side with the artistic side.

Degree: Biology - Computer Science - Medicine
Job Title: Plastic Surgeon

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='21590'>they</span> <span m='21700'>have</span> <span m='21850'>a</span> <span m='21910'>problem.</span> </p><p><span m='22840'>A</span> <span m='22940'>typical</span> <span m='23300'>day,</span> <span m='23460'>for</span> <span m='23590'>me,</span> <span m='23780'>depends</span> <span m='24400'>on</span> <span m='24590'>whether</span> <span m='24880'>I'm</span> <span m='25010'>seeing</span> <span m='25360'>patients</span> <span m='26030'>and</span> <span m='26290'>getting</span> <span m='26590'>to</span> <span m='26960'>know</span> <span m='27210'>people</span> <span m='27570'>who</span> <span m='27690'>have</span> <span m='27800'>problems</span> <span m='28110'>that</span> <span m='28420'>need</span> <span m='28700'>fixing.</span> <span m='29980'>Or</span> <span m='30580'>going</span> <span m='31000'>to</span> <span m='31240'>an</span> <span m='31350'>operating</span> <span m='31750'>room</span> <span m='31930'>and</span> <span m='32030'>actually</span> <span m='32310'>fixing</span> <span m='32665'>them.</span> <span m='33020'>So</span> <span m='33340'>a</span> <span m='33460'>lot</span> <span m='33630'>of</span> <span m='33670'>the</span> <span m='33770'>time,</span> <span m='34050'>I</span> <span m='34130'>end</span> <span m='34290'>up</span> <span m='34690'>taking</span> <span m='35230'>care</span> <span m='35390'>of</span> <span m='35460'>people</span> <span m='35700'>in</span> <span m='35740'>the</span> <span m='35810'>operating</span> <span m='36150'>room.</span> <span m='36360'>And</span> <span m='36420'>that</span> <span m='36560'>usually</span> <span m='36800'>means</span> <span m='37180'>doing</span> <span m='37390'>surgery</span> <span m='37880'>on</span> <span m='38020'>them</span> <span m='38710'>and</span> <span m='39370'>fixing</span> <span m='39850'>whatever</span> <span m='40160'>problems</span> <span m='40670'>they</span> <span m='40810'>have.</span> <span m='41130'>And I</span> <span m='41420'>have to</span> <span m='41540'>solve</span> <span m='41920'>problems.</span> <span m='42470'>I</span> <span m='42500'>have</span> <span m='42590'>to</span> <span m='42680'>be</span> <span m='42810'>creative.</span> <span m='43280'>I have</span> <span m='43480'>to</span> <span m='43580'>make</span> <span m='43790'>up</span> <span m='43930'>new</span> <span m='44100'>things,</span> <span m='44440'>every</span> <span m='44640'>day.</span> </p><p><span m='45590'>I</span> <span m='45890'>have</span> <span m='45990'>to</span> <span m='46100'>do</span> <span m='46300'>with</span> <span m='46520'>a</span> <span m='46770'>high</span> <span m='46960'>level</span> <span m='47300'>of</span> <span m='48100'>medical</span> <span m='48560'>knowledge,</span> <span m='48950'>so</span> <span m='49060'>it</span> <span m='49130'>takes</span> <span m='49340'>a</span> <span m='49380'>lot</span> <span m='49510'>of</span> <span m='49590'>studying</span> <span m='49990'>to</span> <span m='50090'>get</span> <span m='50320'>there.</span> <span m='51010'>But</span> <span m='51230'>once</span> <span m='51460'>you've</span> <span m='51580'>studied,</span> <span m='52070'>it</span> <span m='52470'>gives</span> <span m='52720'>you</span> <span m='53310'>the</span> <span m='53580'>ability</span> <span m='53950'>to</span> <span m='54040'>really</span> <span m='54240'>help</span> <span m='54440'>people,</span> <span m='55110'>which</span> <span m='55490'>is</span> <span m='55590'>great.</span> </p><p><span m='56450'>I</span> <span m='56650'>am</span> <span m='58000'>a</span> <span m='58610'>computer</span> <span m='59850'>geek,</span> <span m='60590'>by</span> <span m='60810'>background.</span> <span m='61540'>And</span> <span m='61670'>I</span> <span m='62030'>always</span> <span m='62280'>wanted</span> <span m='62540'>to</span> <span m='62620'>do</span> <span m='62760'>something</span> <span m='63250'>technical.</span> <span m='64290'>And</span> <span m='65120'>at</span> <span m='65239'>the</span> <span m='65300'>same</span> <span m='65480'>time,</span> <span m='65680'>my</span> <span m='65750'>mother's</span> <span m='66140'>artistic.</span> <span m='66670'>I</span> <span m='66700'>want</span> <span m='66890'>to</span> <span m='66950'>do</span> <span m='67100'>something</span> <span m='67430'>artistic.</span> <span m='68010'>So</span> <span m='68580'>I</span> <span m='68660'>wanted</span> <span m='68970'>something</span> <span m='69300'>that</span> <span m='69440'>involved</span> <span m='69910'>both</span> <span m='70240'>a</span> <span m='70570'>very</span> <span m='71110'>artistic</span> <span m='71660'>side</span> <span m='72060'>and</span> <span m='72160'>also</span> <span m='72520'>a</span> <span m='72570'>very</span> <span m='72780'>technical</span> <span m='73200'>side.</span> <span m='73940'>And</span> <span m='74250'>that's</span> <span m='74450'>what</span> <span m='74590'>plastic</span> <span m='74980'>surgery</span> <span m='75250'>allows</span> <span 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m='83950'>softer</span> <span m='84440'>arts</span> <span m='85080'>are</span> <span m='85280'>important,</span> <span m='85770'>as</span> <span m='85890'>well.</span> </p><p><span m='87150'>And</span> <span m='87310'>I</span> <span m='87390'>actually</span> <span m='87660'>trained</span> <span m='87990'>in</span> <span m='88080'>computer</span> <span m='88460'>science</span> <span m='89000'>and</span> <span m='89110'>also</span> <span m='89340'>in</span> <span m='89420'>biology.</span> <span m='90160'>And</span> <span m='90470'>I</span> <span m='90610'>thought</span> <span m='90830'>about</span> <span m='91070'>being</span> <span m='91250'>an</span> <span m='91330'>architect</span> <span m='91900'>or</span> <span m='92030'>a</span> <span m='92070'>computer</span> <span m='92530'>programmer.</span> <span m='93520'>And</span> <span m='94550'>my</span> <span m='94690'>parents</span> <span m='95070'>wanted</span> <span m='95350'>me</span> <span m='95540'>to</span> <span m='95610'>be</span> <span m='95740'>a</span> <span m='95790'>doctor</span> <span m='96270'>and</span> <span m='96370'>I</span> <span m='96650'>found</span> <span m='96980'>a</span> <span m='97020'>way</span> <span m='97160'>to</span> <span m='97280'>sort</span> <span m='97450'>of</span> <span m='97570'>do</span> <span m='97730'>a</span> <span m='97830'>little</span> <span m='98060'>of</span> <span m='98160'>each</span> <span m='98360'>of</span> <span m='98440'>those,</span> <span m='100010'>in</span> <span m='100220'>plastic</span> <span m='100610'>surgery.</span> </p><p><span m='101430'>I</span> <span m='101560'>think</span> <span m='101930'>one</span> <span m='102170'>of</span> <span m='102220'>the</span> <span m='102320'>tricky</span> <span m='102590'>things</span> <span m='102880'>it's</span> <span m='103020'>hard</span> <span m='103240'>to</span> <span m='103310'>imagine</span> <span m='103720'>when</span> <span m='104400'>you're</span> <span m='104570'>a</span> <span m='104620'>kid,</span> <span m='104990'>still--</span> <span m='105360'>while</span> <span m='105790'>you're a</span> <span m='105990'>teenager</span> <span m='106500'>and</span> <span m='106570'>you're</span> <span m='106680'>trying</span> <span m='106860'>to</span> <span m='106910'>figure</span> <span m='107190'>out</span> <span m='107290'>how</span> <span m='107420'>everything</span> <span m='107750'>works--</span> <span m='108830'>is</span> <span m='108980'>what</span> <span m='109140'>other</span> <span m='109310'>people</span> <span m='109590'>want</span> <span m='109820'>of</span> <span m='109950'>you.</span> <span m='110770'>And</span> <span m='111460'>what</span> <span m='111760'>should</span> <span m='111960'>you</span> <span m='112060'>do.</span> <span m='112660'>What should</span> <span m='112890'>I</span> <span m='113130'>spend</span> <span m='113430'>my</span> <span m='113580'>energy</span> <span m='113880'>and</span> <span m='113960'>my</span> <span m='114090'>time</span> <span m='114440'>doing.</span> <span m='115450'>And</span> <span m='115690'>sometimes</span> <span m='116150'>it</span> <span m='116270'>helps</span> <span m='116580'>to</span> <span m='116690'>think</span> <span m='117000'>ahead</span> <span m='117260'>one</span> <span m='117440'>level.</span> <span m='117990'>To</span> <span m='118090'>think</span> <span m='118310'>ahead</span> <span m='118560'>to</span> <span m='118640'>the</span> <span m='118740'>next</span> <span m='119110'>person.</span> </p><p><span m='120020'>So</span> <span m='120200'>for</span> <span m='120320'>example,</span> <span m='121200'>if</span> <span m='121320'>you're</span> <span m='121670'>on</span> <span m='121850'>a</span> <span m='121920'>team</span> <span m='122270'>and</span> <span m='122360'>you</span> <span m='122460'>want</span> <span m='122650'>to</span> <span m='122770'>run</span> <span m='123140'>wind</span> <span m='123360'>sprints.</span> <span m='123750'>Or</span> <span m='123770'>you</span> <span m='123910'>don't</span> <span m='124120'>want</span> <span m='124270'>to</span> <span m='124340'>work</span> <span m='124600'>on</span> <span m='124780'>wind</span> <span m='124990'>sprints.</span> <span m='125910'>You</span> <span m='125990'>want</span> <span m='126120'>to</span> <span m='126190'>do</span> <span m='126350'>something,</span> <span m='126660'>you</span> <span m='126740'>don't</span> <span m='126920'>want</span> <span m='127050'>to</span> <span m='127110'>do</span> <span m='127240'>something.</span> <span m='128180'>It's</span> <span m='128310'>helpful</span> <span m='129009'>to</span> <span m='129440'>put</span> <span m='129620'>it</span> <span m='129690'>all</span> <span m='129840'>in</span> <span m='129900'>perspective</span> <span m='130460'>and</span> <span m='130539'>to</span> <span m='130610'>think,</span> <span m='131400'>if</span> <span m='131590'>I</span> <span m='131690'>were</span> <span m='131820'>the</span> <span m='131940'>coach,</span> <span m='132830'>who</span> <span m='132980'>what</span> <span m='133200'>I</span> <span m='133290'>want</span> <span m='133550'>to</span> <span m='133640'>have</span> <span m='133810'>on</span> <span m='133920'>my</span> <span m='134070'>team?</span> <span m='134970'>Would</span> <span m='135120'>I</span> <span m='135170'>want</span> <span m='135420'>to</span> <span m='135520'>have</span> <span m='135670'>the</span> <span m='135750'>person</span> <span m='136070'>who's</span> <span m='136600'>deciding</span> <span m='137100'>whether</span> <span m='137320'>or</span> <span m='137360'>not</span> <span m='137590'>to</span> <span m='137670'>do</span> <span m='137780'>the</span> <span m='137870'>winds</span> <span m='138160'>sprints?</span> <span m='139310'>Or</span> <span m='139530'>would</span> <span m='139680'>I</span> <span m='139720'>want</span> <span m='139940'>the</span> <span m='140030'>person</span> <span m='140320'>who's</span> <span m='141090'>really</span> <span m='141430'>involved</span> <span m='141980'>and</span> <span m='142100'>really</span> <span m='142370'>excited</span> <span m='142790'>about</span> <span m='143070'>it,</span> <span m='143210'>really</span> <span m='143430'>wants</span> <span m='143790'>to</span> <span m='143910'>learn?</span> </p><p><span m='144710'>And</span> <span m='144830'>sometimes</span> <span m='145350'>when</span> <span m='145620'>you</span> <span m='145850'>are--</span> <span m='146540'>that's</span> <span m='147050'>a</span> <span m='147120'>piece</span> <span m='147300'>of</span> <span m='147400'>advice</span> <span m='147770'>that</span> <span m='147890'>you're</span> <span m='148050'>going</span> <span m='148200'>to</span> <span m='148890'>use</span> <span m='149160'>for</span> <span m='149230'>the</span> <span m='149310'>rest</span> <span m='149570'>of</span> <span m='149620'>your</span> <span m='149750'>life.</span> <span m='150050'>If</span> <span m='151510'>you're</span> <span m='151670'>the</span> <span m='151780'>person</span> <span m='152430'>who's</span> <span m='152750'>deciding</span> <span m='153300'>who's</span> <span m='153490'>going</span> <span m='153600'>to</span> <span m='153640'>get</span> <span m='153800'>a</span> <span m='153850'>promotion,</span> <span m='154820'>you're</span> <span m='154940'>going</span> <span m='155050'>to</span> <span m='155110'>look</span> <span m='155330'>down</span> <span m='155530'>at</span> <span m='155630'>your</span> <span m='155760'>whole</span> <span m='156000'>team</span> <span m='156320'>and</span> <span m='156410'>decide</span> <span m='156760'>who</span> <span m='157040'>is</span> <span m='157180'>going</span> <span m='157300'>to</span> <span m='157370'>be</span> <span m='157500'>the</span> <span m='157600'>person</span> <span m='157940'>who's</span> <span m='158120'>doing</span> <span m='158350'>the</span> <span m='158430'>best</span> <span m='158750'>at</span> <span m='158900'>it.</span> <span m='159320'>So</span> <span m='159690'>you</span> <span m='159920'>are</span> <span m='160020'>the</span> <span m='160130'>student,</span> <span m='161180'>you</span> <span m='161320'>can</span> <span m='161490'>think</span> <span m='161700'>about</span> <span m='161970'>what</span> <span m='162140'>your</span> <span m='162350'>teacher</span> <span m='163140'>is</span> <span m='163350'>looking</span> <span m='163830'>for</span> <span m='164230'>and</span> <span m='164390'>would want</span> <span m='164930'>to</span> <span m='165010'>have</span> <span m='165350'>in</span> <span m='165510'>the</span> <span m='165620'>best</span> <span m='166120'>possible</span> <span m='166510'>student.</span> <span m='168160'>I</span> <span m='168300'>think</span> <span m='168530'>that</span> <span m='168700'>would</span> <span m='168810'>help</span> <span m='169020'>to</span> <span m='169130'>motivate</span> <span m='169580'>you</span> <span m='170110'>to</span> <span m='170250'>know</span> <span m='170440'>what</span> <span m='170800'>to</span> <span m='170990'>do</span> <span m='171370'>and</span> <span m='171480'>what</span> <span m='171690'>to</span> <span m='171790'>work</span> <span m='172090'>on.</span> </p>","file":{"id":396104,"video_id":"3518239023001","name":"2595-Hakim-PlasticSurgeon1","duration":173036,"thumbnail_url":null}});