Orthopedic doctor

Carrer Exploration Project

What A Orthopedic Doctor Does

Orthopedic Doctors work with athletes. Specialize ininjuries to bones and/or the connective tissues. Orthopedics counsol with physical therapists, athletic trainers and other healthcare professionals to plan courses of treatment and rehab for patients.

Requied Education and expenses

You must complete four years of undergraduate school, then four years of medical school. After that, you must complete three to eight years of an internship and residency period. The average physician enters their carrer with $166,750 in medical school debt.

Where The Program Is Offered

There are eleven schools just in Texas that offer programs to become a registered orthopedic, but hundreds across the United States and Australia.


The average annual salary of a orthodeic doctor is between $99,569-$500,273.


Splints, braces, walkers, wheelchairs, and casts are used to help paintents outside of the doctors supervision. In some circumstances the paitent will use prosphetic body parts when they are missing a limb. The doctor will use x-rays and MRIs to find the injuriy if it is musculoskeletal.

Career Outlook

The future in the field of orthopedics is bright in the growing demand of wanting to be functional at all ages and with all injuries. The demand in this field will increase as the population grows and more and more people need help with their physical needs.

Stats Of Career

In the practice setting of orthopedics only 44% go into orthopedic groups, 18% as a solo practicion, 9% muli-specialty groups, 9% academic institutions, 9% at hospital/medical centers, 3% private institution, 2% military, 2% HMO, 2% other, 1% non-military government, 1% locum tenens.

Professional Associations Related To

There is the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgens (AAOS), American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine (AOSSM), and International Association of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Why I Chose This Career

I chose an Orthopedic doctor because I find it more interesting to deal with physical or more sports related injuries than dealing with more extreme cases. It is too intense in an emergency setting as an ER hospital doctor, and too boring to deal with like little sicknesses as a family practice doctor. This is also how I feel I will be satisfied using my skills in math and science. I am very familiar being around sports injuries having had a few myself playing sports throughout my life. From the head to my feet I have encountered numbers of injuries and I have become familiar with how doctors in Orthopedics are.