Hi Guys! I'm Dr. Prat. I am an Orthopedic Surgeon and I work at Valley Hospital.
What does an Orthopedic Surgeon do?
Well and Orthopedic Surgeon is a physician who treats the body's musculoskeletal system. This system includes bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, and tendons.
Wow! Thats cool!
That sounds terrible! You have to learn so much!
How do you become an Orthopedic Surgeon?
Most people do another year of training. To become board certified is really important, so you have to take a test called the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. It's a oral and written test.
You first have to go to college for four years. After you graduate the four years, then you have to get into medical school and study for another four years. Then you have to major in Orthopedic Surgery, so you have to do five years of concentrated study at a major medical center and practice as an Orthopedic Surgeon.
There's more... you have to have good hand-eye co-ordination, excellent vision, and good communication skills. But don't worry because you do get paid on your time off and there's less of a risk of killing someone. On the other hand, you have to always be ready for surgery and you have to learn really fast.
There are too many things to learn!
Ok well, with this much learning, you probably get paid a lot, right?
Yes! Orthopedic Surgeons make around from $364,581-$599,983 annually. The median is $463,731. That's alot of money considering you only have to work 30-45 hours a week. Only 32 procedures each month!
Most Orthopedic Surgeons work at hospitals. Now there is a lot of stress because you always have to be ready for a surgery. But I love my job because I can experience the change I make in people's life's.
Ok, I promise last two questions. First, where do most Orthopedic Surgeons work and second, what do you like about your job?
It's cool to see the difference I can make. If you like helping people then you should pick this job. You do seem really interested. Thank-you for listening.