Whats a Cardiothoracic Surgeon?
By: Lauren Coutoumanos
Have you ever wanted to be a surgeon, but you don't know what field to go into? Are you interested in how the heart or other organs in the chest work? Well then Cardiothoracic surgery could be the perfect job for you.
Cardiothoracic surgery is a field of medicine in which doctors preform surgical procedures of organs in the chest, including the heart, lungs, and the esophagus. The different types surgeons in the Cardiothoracic field include cardiac surgeons, cardiovascular surgeons, general thoracic surgeons, and congenital heart surgeons.
Education and Training
To become a cardiothoracic surgeon, the surgeon will need to complete 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, 5-year general surgery residency, and a 2-3 years of specialized cardiothoracic fellowship. The educational process to become a Cardiothoracic surgeon is one of the longest and most rigorous in the medical field. Some high ranked medical schools to attend are Harvard, UT Southwestern, and Northwestern.
The median salary of what surgeons got in 2011 was $300,000, since then the salary has gone up.
Surgeons have the potential to make a difference, they also get the thrill of working on a beating heart. A cardiothoracic surgeon gets the excitement and rewarding rush of saving lives everyday.
One of the big benefits of being a cardiothoracic surgeon, or a surgeon in general, is fantastic medical insurance.
Typical Day as a Cardiothoracic Surgeon
-scrub into long lasting surgeries of the heart and lungs
-get rest when possible
-discover and diagnose diseases
-learn new ways to preform surgery
-keep up to date on all new diagnosis
-stay on top of patient care