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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

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10.16.2019
MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta, Maine is searching for a Board Certified or Board Eligible Plastic Surgeon to join another full time Plastic Surgeon. You will be joining a multidisciplinary employed surgical practice. This is a...
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The Oculoplastic Surgeon reports to the Chief of Surgery at VA Central Iowa Health Care System in Des Moines, Iowa. Oculoplastic surgery is a subspecialty of Ophthalmology. Physician is responsible for performing invasive and non-invasive...
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Cambridge Health Alliance is a well-respected, award-winning health system with full service hospital campuses located in Cambridge, MA and Everett, MA. We provide outstanding and innovative healthcare to a diverse patient population throughout...
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Cambridge Health Alliance is an award-winning health system based in Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston's metro-north communities. We are recruiting for a general surgeon to join our department of general and specialty surgeons. CHA proudly...
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Memorial Hospital, located in beautiful North Conway, NH is seeking a Board Certified/Eligible general Orthopedic Surgeon to join their hospital based Orthopedic/Sports Medicine practice. Memorial Hospital is a busy, successful Critical Access...
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Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, MA is seeking a BC/BE fellowship trained pediatric orthopedic surgeon that desires our location in Western MA. Our needs are best served by a generalist with special interest in spine surgery....
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RFGH is seeking a full time Surgeon to join our Orthopedics team. Must be BC/BE within 5 years post Residency training. Call is 1:2. This is an employed position in a two provider practice. Includes 7 paid weeks off (includes vacation, sick,...
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Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares...
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We are recruiting well-trained, BC/BE orthopaedic surgeons with fellowship training in Adult Reconstruction, to join an expanding multi-specialty orthopaedic practice. Maine General Medical Center opened the doors to our brand new Regional...
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Maine Medical Partners Orthopedics & Sports Medicine is seeking a Board Certified/Board Eligible General Orthopedic Surgeon to jour our team of 13 surgeons and 6 non-operative physicians with subspecialty expertise in trauma, reconstructive...
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Franklin Community Health Network is seeking a BC/BE general surgeon to join their busy and dynamic group of 3 general surgeons in their hospital-employed practice located in Farmington, Maine. This is a unique and interesting position that will...
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Lincoln Medical Partners is seeking a Full Time BC/BE Orthopedic Surgeon to join their team at the new Watson Health Center in beautiful Damariscotta, Maine. With campuses in the coastal communities of Boothbay Harbor and Damariscotta, Maine,...
08.07.2019
Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares...
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    MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta, Maine is searching for a Board Certified or Board Eligible Plastic Surgeon to join another full time Plastic Surgeon. You will be joining a multidisciplinary employed surgical practice. This is a...
  2. General Surgeon Portland, ME MaineHealth
    Mid Coast Maine General Surgery Opportunity Located on the shore of Penobscot bay in Belfast, Maine, Waldo County General Hospital and Pen Bay Medical Center are seeking a motivated General Surgeon. This unique opportunity is a regional role...
  3. Ophthalmologist - Oculoplastic Surgeon Des Moines, IA VA Central Iowa Health Care System
    The Oculoplastic Surgeon reports to the Chief of Surgery at VA Central Iowa Health Care System in Des Moines, Iowa. Oculoplastic surgery is a subspecialty of Ophthalmology. Physician is responsible for performing invasive and non-invasive...
  4. General Surgeon- Per Diem Brockton, MA Signature Healthcare
    We are looking to recruit a per diem moonlighter general surgeon to take occasional weekend calls with PA support. We are located less than an hour from Boston, Providence and Cape Cod. Requirements: Must be Board certified/eligible general...
  5. Vascular Surgeon Cambridge, MA Cambridge Health Alliance
    Cambridge Health Alliance is a well-respected, award-winning health system with full service hospital campuses located in Cambridge, MA and Everett, MA. We provide outstanding and innovative healthcare to a diverse patient population throughout...
  6. General Surgeon Cambridge, MA Cambridge Health Alliance
    Cambridge Health Alliance is an award-winning health system based in Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston's metro-north communities. We are recruiting for a general surgeon to join our department of general and specialty surgeons. CHA proudly...
  7. Orthopedic Surgeon Portland, ME MaineHealth
    Memorial Hospital, located in beautiful North Conway, NH is seeking a Board Certified/Eligible general Orthopedic Surgeon to join their hospital based Orthopedic/Sports Medicine practice. Memorial Hospital is a busy, successful Critical Access...
  8. Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon Boston, MA Shriners Hospitals for Children - Boston and Springfield
    Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, MA is seeking a BC/BE fellowship trained pediatric orthopedic surgeon that desires our location in Western MA. Our needs are best served by a generalist with special interest in spine surgery....
  9. Surgeon, General Orthopedics Skowhegan, ME Redington Fairview General Hospital
    RFGH is seeking a full time Surgeon to join our Orthopedics team. Must be BC/BE within 5 years post Residency training. Call is 1:2. This is an employed position in a two provider practice. Includes 7 paid weeks off (includes vacation, sick,...
  10. Orthopedic Surgeon Minneapolis, MN Allina Health
    Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares...
  11. Orthopaedic Surgeon Augusta, ME MaineGeneral Health
    We are recruiting well-trained, BC/BE orthopaedic surgeons with fellowship training in Adult Reconstruction, to join an expanding multi-specialty orthopaedic practice. Maine General Medical Center opened the doors to our brand new Regional...
  12. Physician-Orthopaedic Surgeon Portland, ME MaineHealth
    Maine Medical Partners Orthopedics & Sports Medicine is seeking a Board Certified/Board Eligible General Orthopedic Surgeon to jour our team of 13 surgeons and 6 non-operative physicians with subspecialty expertise in trauma, reconstructive...
  13. Surgeon-Franklin Memorial Hospital Portland, ME MaineHealth
    Franklin Community Health Network is seeking a BC/BE general surgeon to join their busy and dynamic group of 3 general surgeons in their hospital-employed practice located in Farmington, Maine. This is a unique and interesting position that will...
  14. Physician-Orthopedic Surgeon - Damariscotta Portland, ME MaineHealth
    Lincoln Medical Partners is seeking a Full Time BC/BE Orthopedic Surgeon to join their team at the new Watson Health Center in beautiful Damariscotta, Maine. With campuses in the coastal communities of Boothbay Harbor and Damariscotta, Maine,...
  15. Orthopedic Surgeon Minneapolis, MN Allina Health
    Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares...