Trauma Surgeon

To Save Lives

What do they do?

Trauma is the branch of surgical medicine that deals with treating injuries caused by an impact. Many trauma patients are the victims of car crashes, stabbings and gun shot wounds. Trauma can also be caused by falls, crush type injuries and pedestrians being struck by a car.
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How much schooling does it take?

A trauma surgeon begins by completing an undergraduate degree program then they must attend a medical school for four years. Next, they have to gain several years of experience as a general surgeon.

What Responsibilities do Trauma Surgeons have?

  • Assesses fluid and electrolyte balance
  • Manages and removes tubes and drains
  • Formulates a differential diagnosis and confirms or refutes the options according to the physical exam and data obtained
  • Identifies and prioritizes surgical, medical and psychosocial problems
  • Orders and renews appropriate medications

What are the Job Qualifications?

To be a Trauma Surgeon you have to have a PA master degree, and a Post-graduate surgical residency in General Surgery or Emergency Medicine, or have at least two years of experience in either General Surgery or Emergency Medicine

Are there Opportunities for Advancement?

Yes, advancement for surgeons can best be achieved by concentrating on a specific surgery and becoming very accomplished at it. This is the way to increase pay in the field, because as a surgeon becomes renowned for a particular operation, doctors will begin referring patients and there will be great demand, often leading a surgeon to start their own surgical clinic to provide care for patients


The median salary for a Trauma Surgeon is $303,812, but you can be getting payed as low as $130,863. Last, you can also be getting payed as high as $426,218.

Abilities you Need

  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Active Learning
  • Monitoring