Orthopedic Surgeon

Gabrielle Gordon

Description

An orthopedic surgeon works with the musculoskeletal system treating disorders and injuries. They diagnose and treat the conditions of the bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and skin. Orthopedic surgeons have the option of working at a hospital, as a solo practitioner, or with a group practice.

Degree

In order to be qualified as an orthopedic surgeon, you must go to a 4 year university to study in biology, pre-medicine, or a related field and earn your bachelors degree. Then, you have to complete an additional four years in medical school to earn your Doctorate degree (MD). After passing the MCAT, you must complete 4-5 years of residency at a hospital. The first year of residency covers general surgery and the remaining years is devoted to orthopedic-specific training. After completing the residency, you must pass an exam by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, in order to be certified as an orthopedic surgeon. Recertification is required every 7-10 years.

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Top 3 Medical Schools Of My Choice

  1. Duke Medical School- $39,500/year
  2. Florida State University College of Medicine- $101,000/year
  3. Columbia University Medical School- $57,261/year

Salary (starting)

  1. Florida's salary- $441,819
  2. North Carolina's salary- $440,847
  3. South Carolina's salary- $419,216
  4. Average starting salary- $347,412-$571,551
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Growth of an Orthopedic Surgeon

There is going to be a 40% increase of demand for orthopedic surgeons between the years of 2014-2021.
A Day in the Life: Orthopedics