Career Forecast

Surgery is a very broad field. Each has its own specialties and drawbacks and therefore picking one that is just right is quite difficult to a student who hasn’t even spectated every type of surgery. I don’t know exactly what kind of surgeon I’m aiming for, but, for now, I am interested in orthopaedic, cardiac, and trauma surgery. These three fields of surgery all have their differences, but they also share many qualities as well. Surgery is defined by Merriam-Webster as “medical treatment in which a doctor cuts into someone’s body in order to repair or remove damaged or diseased parts”. The major difference between the three occupations is in what part of the body is being operated on. The orthopaedic surgeon specializes in techniques that fix the musculoskeletal system in the body. More often than not, the orthopaedic surgeon will narrow down to one part of the body to fix, such as the wrist, and from there some will broaden their field to accommodate some other body part or parts. The cardiac surgeon will focus on operations regarding the heart, such as procedures that require a pacemaker to be inserted close to the heart or to fix the fatal pulmonary embolism. Finally. The trauma surgeons “evaluate, diagnose, stabilize and manage patients who have experienced some type of physical traumatic injury”. If one is going into surgery he must realize that every aspect of a surgeon’s life, including the trivial checkups, are important because it can lead to a person’s life or death.
When most people think of surgeons, they think of the intense operations that go on in shows such as Grey’s Anatomy. While it’s not wrong to think that surgery is an important aspect of surgeons, the other jobs they have are very important. Some surgeons have to make rounds like doctors because the people they operated on are their patients. Most orthopaedic surgeons and some cardiac surgeons fall into this category. The patients they take care of make appointments to have surgery performed on them and stay for a shorter period of time to make sure everything is fine. These surgeons tend to take fewer risks because they have time to find out what procedure they are performing, who their subject is, and find out how the patient is doing. In comparison, trauma surgeons, some cardiac, and a few orthopaedic surgeons perform surgery as patients come into the emergency room. These surgeons are paid much more because they do not have much time to prepare before their surgery and the surgeries tend to be quite risky and precarious, usually because they are caused by accidents. Not only that but these surgeons usually have to perform their job around the clock, meaning that they can be called in at any time to perform an operation.
The majority of training one has to go through to become a certain type of surgeon is quite similar to the other types. The first thing one has to do is gain some type of major in college. There is usually no set requirement; however, science classes prepare one the most for his MCAT. The MCAT is a test taken by aspiring doctors who want to enter medical college and based on that score, medical colleges will decide if you are fitting to enter. From there on, doctors and surgeons-in-training will go through about 4 years worth of medical training in their respective schools, and from there the paths to the various job differentiate. After graduating the medical school, one must earn his Medical Degree and then go for his residency. Surgeons require 2 years worth of live experience in residency and after that, they have completed everything needed to become a surgeon.
There are about nine to eleven medical colleges in Texas. I don’t give an exact number because some of the medical schools are geared towards a specific field or sometimes even shy away from a field, such as dentistry. All of these schools require very high scores in the MCAT; however, in general, Baylor is known for being one of the most prestigious medical colleges in the entire United States of America. There are a few medical programs in Texas, and one of the most well known among them is JAMP, a program in which usually 2 financially-troubled students are chosen every year to get admission into any medical school. However, these programs are usually for a small percentage of students who are either the smartest among all the students or those who are almost as smart but are in a financial situation.
The average salary of an orthopaedic surgeon is around $446,850, cardiac surgeons around $433,485, and trauma surgeons around $371,098. The job of surgery is predicted to grow by about 14.6% over the next 10 years, which means that this job is very popular and will continue to grow for many more years. There is a need of well-trained surgeons in almost every part of America, and more often than not a surgeon will find a job.
From all of this research, I can come to the conclusion that surgery is an occupation that requires the utmost amount of preparation and concentration. Despite all this, people aim to become surgeons because their future prospects are bright. Not only that, but there aren’t many jobs that allow one to help others. However, as rewarding as this job is, the competition to obtain such an occupation is just as tough. I can only work steadily towards my goal in hopes of achieving success. The first step I can take towards that is questioning everything that can happen as a surgeon. I wish to learn how surgeons who work around the clock juggle their schedule. I wonder how these people deal with the stress of so many patients needing their help. I wish to ask any surgeon what part of being a surgeon is the most fun. I want to question surgeons how they deal with failure. I desire to ask surgeons why they specialize in a certain field. I would like to be given the chance to ask how surgeons maintain a proper relationship with all of their co-workers. Most of all, I yearn to know everything that these surgeons have gone through to get to where they are; all wondrous experiences and mishaps that they came across them on their journey.


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