When we were young, one of the most common answers that we hear when asked about our dream job is to become a doctor. Very seldom do we hear kids say that they dream of becoming a surgeon. Though both professions are the same, we associate surgeons to scary and bloody scenarios we see on TV. The gore and fear limit us to think and aspire to become a successful surgeon in the future. But let us find out what does a surgeon do and how can we become one?
Whatever their specialty would be, surgeons are doctors who assess and diagnose a patients sickness. They request and review lab tests to come up with a diagnosis and an appropriate plan of treatment. If surgery is deemed necessary, surgeons perform the appropriate procedure with experience and expertise up their sleeves.
Here are some of the many specialties in the field of surgical medicine.
- Orthopedic surgery deals with the treatment of the musculoskeletal system.
- Neurological surgery focuses on the treatment of the brain and nervous system.
- Cardiovascular surgery is the solution for problems with the heart and the body’s blood vessels.
- Plastic or reconstructive surgery deals with the correction of body deformities.
- Cosmetic surgery is used to improve the shape, size, and form of a part of the body for aesthetic purposes.
How can one become a surgeon?
When dreaming of becoming a surgeon, one must be aware that surgeons have challenging and time-consuming education and training requirements. Doctors and surgeons need to have a bachelor’s degree, another degree from medical school which takes at least 4 years to complete, and, a range of about 3 to 7 years spent for internship and residency programs that still depend on their chosen specialty.
We should always keep in mind that all medical professionals have the license to practice what they have worked hard for. They all deserve the respect and admiration that they get from us, their patients.