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Surgeon Job Description

 

Surgeons are physicians who've specialized in the treatment of diseases, injuries, deformities, or other ailments through both invasive and non-invasive operations.

Typically, surgeons are consulted and used under the most extreme circumstances, such as life-threatening traumas resulting from events such as car accidents or falls.

Surgeons experience some of the highest levels of stress throughout their work due to the nature of their job. With the patient's life depending on their success, aspiring surgeons must be capable of thriving under pressure to get the job done.

Aspiring surgeons can choose from many specialties, including brain surgery, heart surgery, trauma surgery, and others.

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Responsibilities

 

Depending on the surgeon's specialty, responsibilities can vary. However, these are the primary responsibility that all surgeons are tasked with:

  • Gathering information and maintaining proper medical records to ensure the best course of action depending upon the patient's condition.

  • Arranging and manage x-rays and other tests to gather information.

  • Prescribing both pre- and post-operative treatments including sedation and antibiotics.

  • Explaining treatment plans and procedures to the patient and their family, as well as the associated risks.

  • Coordinating with other medical professionals, including nurses and physicians, before and after operations, to ensure proper care.

  • Conducting research to develop new surgical techniques that may improve outcomes.

  • Maintaining the operating room by ensuring the sterility of equipment and instruments.

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Skills

 

Communication

Must be able to clearly explain test results and treatment path to patients. Must correspond with other members of the medical team to ensure the best care for the patient.

Monitoring

Monitoring/assessing patient to make sure they are responding well to treatment and make improvements or take corrective action when necessary.

Critical Thinking

Must use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Detail-Oriented

Must be able to pinpoint small details that could make or break patient diagnosis and evaluation. 

Complex Problem Solving

Must be able to identify complex problems and develop and evaluate corrective options and implement solutions.

Empathy

Must be able to empathize with a patient's pain and difficulties. Need to make people feel comfortable and meet them at their emotional level to humanize themselves since they deal with people with medical needs.

Science

Must know all about the human body and interactions it has with it's environment. Must know chemicals and reactions.

Troubleshooting

Must be able to hypothesize and test theories to ensure that the proper diagnosis is found and the best treatment path is taken.

Patience

Must be able to put in long hours and have patience when it comes to trying to create comprehensive treatment plans.

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Working Conditions 

 

Surgeons can work in hospitals, academia, institutional practices, private practices, emergency settings, and government programs, including military.

Surgeons experience long hours and are often on call 24/7, so overall hours can vary dramatically.

They also experience some of the highest levels of stress in the healthcare industry due to the nature of their positions.

Those who manage stress well and thrive in high-pressure situations should consider becoming a surgeon.

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
09.28.2016
Seeking a qualified Orthopedic Surgeon for Orthopedic Spine surgery.
04.10.2017
Req ID: 32888 Allina Health System has a full-time opportunity for a Vascular Surgeon at the Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The position also provides services at an outreach clinic in...
09.16.2016
Acute Care Orthopedic Surgeon-Manage trauma patients through the Emergency Department and preform inpatient consulations. Will have dedicated OR times and will be supported in the outpatient clinic by a Physician Assitant for the patients post...
05.22.2017
Orthopedic Surgeon St. Luke Community Healthcare is seeking a full-time Orthopedic Surgeon to join a team of dedicated health care professionals in a patient-focused environment. We offer the following benefits: Competitive compensation...
05.22.2017
- Orthopedic Surgeon (3025981) Job Description Orthopedic Surgeon - (3025981) Description Cooley Dickinson Hospital, a Massachusetts General Hospital affiliate located in Northampton, Massachusetts, is currently seeking a BC/BE Orthopedic...
11.05.2015
The University of Iowa Health Cares Heart and Vascular Center (UIHVC) is the regional leader in diagnostics and treatment of a multitude of heart, vascular and thoracic diseases and conditions. From routine care to vastly-sophisticated...
06.24.2016
The University of Iowa Health Cares Heart and Vascular Center (UIHVC) is the regional leader in diagnostics and treatment of a multitude of heart, vascular and thoracic diseases and conditions. From routine care to vastly-sophisticated...
05.22.2017
Title: GYN Surgeon Oncologist Schedule: Full-time Location: Arlington, VA Compensation: Competitive base salary plus generous bonus incentives. Requirements: Board eligibility or certification and the completion of an appropriate...
05.22.2017
Physician- Pediatric Surgeon (FT) Schedule-Full-time Job-Physicians Daily Schedule-8-5 Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period-80 Weekends Required-Occasional Primary Location-IOWA-DES MOINES-MERCY MEDICAL CENTER Mercy Children's...
09.16.2016
Seeking a qualified Neurosurgeon for the neurosurgery outpatient clinic. Part of a highly skilled interdisciplinary team providing high quality, inpatient services. Appropriate licensure/certifications required.
09.28.2016
Seeking a qualified Neurosurgeon. Part of a highly skilled interdisciplinary team providing high quality, inpatient services. Appropriate licensure/certifications required.
05.22.2017
PRACTICE SPECIFICS Essentia Health in Duluth, Minnesota is looking to hire a surgeon in the trauma surgery department. The surgeon would be expected to be board certified or eligible in general surgery, and board certified or eligible in...
05.22.2017
PHYSICIANBoard certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS) Eligible for unrestricted medical licensure in the State of Minnesota Prefer physician with over 5 years of practice, and significant experience as primary surgeon with...
05.22.2017
TRAUMA/SURGICAL CRITICAL CARE/ACUTE CARE SURGERY Duluth, Minnesota Essentia Health, headquartered in Duluth, Minn., is an integrated health system serving patients in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and Idaho. Essentia began fully...
04.14.2016
The Physician provides direct patient care. Adheres to National Patient Safety Goals as appropriate based on the level of patient contact this position requires. INTEGRIS Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Essential...
  1. Orthopedic Surgeon Springfield, MA Sisters of Providence Health System
    Seeking a qualified Orthopedic Surgeon for Orthopedic Spine surgery.
  2. Vascular Surgeon Minneapolis, MN Allina Health
    Req ID: 32888 Allina Health System has a full-time opportunity for a Vascular Surgeon at the Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The position also provides services at an outreach clinic in...
  3. Orthopedic Surgeon Springfield, MA Sisters of Providence Health System
    Acute Care Orthopedic Surgeon-Manage trauma patients through the Emergency Department and preform inpatient consulations. Will have dedicated OR times and will be supported in the outpatient clinic by a Physician Assitant for the patients post...
  4. Orthopedic Surgeon Ronan, MT St. Luke Community Healthcare
    Orthopedic Surgeon St. Luke Community Healthcare is seeking a full-time Orthopedic Surgeon to join a team of dedicated health care professionals in a patient-focused environment. We offer the following benefits: Competitive compensation...
  5. Orthopedic Surgeon Northampton, MA Cooley Dickinson Hospital
    - Orthopedic Surgeon (3025981) Job Description Orthopedic Surgeon - (3025981) Description Cooley Dickinson Hospital, a Massachusetts General Hospital affiliate located in Northampton, Massachusetts, is currently seeking a BC/BE Orthopedic...
  6. PEDIATRIC CARDIAC SURGEON Iowa City, IA University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
    The University of Iowa Health Cares Heart and Vascular Center (UIHVC) is the regional leader in diagnostics and treatment of a multitude of heart, vascular and thoracic diseases and conditions. From routine care to vastly-sophisticated...
  7. ADULT CARDIAC SURGEON Iowa City, IA University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
    The University of Iowa Health Cares Heart and Vascular Center (UIHVC) is the regional leader in diagnostics and treatment of a multitude of heart, vascular and thoracic diseases and conditions. From routine care to vastly-sophisticated...
  8. GYN Surgeon Oncologist Arlington, VA Virginia Hospital Center
    Title: GYN Surgeon Oncologist Schedule: Full-time Location: Arlington, VA Compensation: Competitive base salary plus generous bonus incentives. Requirements: Board eligibility or certification and the completion of an appropriate...
  9. Physician- Pediatric Surgeon (FT) Des Moines, IA Mercy Medical Center Des Moines
    Physician- Pediatric Surgeon (FT) Schedule-Full-time Job-Physicians Daily Schedule-8-5 Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period-80 Weekends Required-Occasional Primary Location-IOWA-DES MOINES-MERCY MEDICAL CENTER Mercy Children's...
  10. Surgeon Springfield, MA Sisters of Providence Health System
    Seeking a qualified Neurosurgeon for the neurosurgery outpatient clinic. Part of a highly skilled interdisciplinary team providing high quality, inpatient services. Appropriate licensure/certifications required.
  11. Surgeon Springfield, MA Sisters of Providence Health System
    Seeking a qualified Neurosurgeon. Part of a highly skilled interdisciplinary team providing high quality, inpatient services. Appropriate licensure/certifications required.
  12. PHYSICIAN-Trauma Surgeon, Duluth MN Duluth, MN Essentia Health
    PRACTICE SPECIFICS Essentia Health in Duluth, Minnesota is looking to hire a surgeon in the trauma surgery department. The surgeon would be expected to be board certified or eligible in general surgery, and board certified or eligible in...
  13. PHYSICIAN-Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Duluth, MN Duluth, MN Essentia Health
    PHYSICIANBoard certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS) Eligible for unrestricted medical licensure in the State of Minnesota Prefer physician with over 5 years of practice, and significant experience as primary surgeon with...
  14. PHYSICIAN-Trauma Surgeon, Duluth MN Duluth, MN Essentia Health
    TRAUMA/SURGICAL CRITICAL CARE/ACUTE CARE SURGERY Duluth, Minnesota Essentia Health, headquartered in Duluth, Minn., is an integrated health system serving patients in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and Idaho. Essentia began fully...
  15. General Surgeon Oklahoma City, OK INTEGRIS Health
    The Physician provides direct patient care. Adheres to National Patient Safety Goals as appropriate based on the level of patient contact this position requires. INTEGRIS Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Essential...