Becoming An Orthopedic Surgeon

Published: 15th August 2009
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A lot of of people in the job world are looking into becoming a doctor, but a growing field that is expanded pretty fast is the orthopedic surgeon realm. This is a very fun job that can earn you quite a bit of money but it is a very hard job to get in to. To get in the orthopedic area, it is going to take you a minimum of fourteen years. Make sure this is what you really want to do. Look into the field, learn everything you can about it, and do a lot of thinking. If you are really dedicated in becoming about an orthopedic surgeon, then read on.

Firstly you are going to need to get an undergraduates degree. Get your four years of college out of the way. One year must be biology, two years of chemistry, and one year of physics. There is no way out of this one, so make sure you have got the four years to do all of this. Next you need to take the MCAT. MCAT stands for medical college admission test. This test intensifies your chances of getting into a medical school and a very good one at that. You will one day be extremely happy to have this thing behind you. The medical college admission test contains physical science, biological sciences, verbal and written sample. Now its time to go out and look for a med school. There are many to choose from. You can do a local search on the schools and see if one is near you. To get into the school there are two different rounds you must go through. One being preliminary and the other secondary. They both will follow with an interview, but only if there is competition in the school you are applying for, and there probably is going to be. A lot of competition actually. The entrance rates of the schools vary, but med schools usually admit roughly 5-10% of its applicants.

Now when you are in med school stay very focused. The classes are hard and are out for your blood. You must take a solid four years of it. The first two years at med school are classroom based. Then the following two years are hospital based. You will want to graduate as a M.D. or D.O. (osteopathic medicine). After your four years of med school you will enroll in the national board exams. The exams will take 3 days. Two parts of this will be taken during medical school, one following, second year, the other after third year. All parts of the test are full day testing sessions on the fundamentals of medical knowledge.

After you take the exams apply for residency at a hospital. This is where you will live on a hospital residents. You will learn how everything works. This is a good thing, but can also create enormousness amounts of stress. It will definitly get you understand how things work. Now do not get all worried because a lot of successful doctors loved the residency program. You will be living here for six years. It will start out with one year full of internship jobs, to get the newly becoming orthopedic surgeon some hands on work. Following that you will face four years of studying the fundamentals of orthopedic surgery. This is where you will be learning nothing else, then what you will be doing on the field. Everything taught during this is very important to any successful orthopedic surgeon. The last year is called Fellowship and is completely optional but recommended for people who want to become orthopedic surgeons. During Fellowship you will focus on pediatric orthopedic, sport medicines and other specialties. After that you are all finished and ready to step out onto the field. Remember that hard work always pays off and as an orthopedic surgeon, it will pay off well.

To learn more about careers in orthopedics visit the orthopedic surgeon job page for more information and how to apply for a job.

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