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My way to the operating table

How to become a surgeon

Training to become a surgeon usually involves several years of post-graduate medical training after graduating from medical school. The following is a general overview of the training path for surgeons:

  • Medical School: Surgeons first complete four years of undergraduate study, followed by four years of medical school, culminating in the degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD).
  • Residency: After medical school, surgeons typically complete a residency in a surgical specialty such as general surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, or plastic surgery. The length of residency training varies, ranging from five to seven years, depending on the specialty.
  • Fellowship training: some surgeons choose to receive additional training in a specific area of surgery through a fellowship program. Fellowship training typically lasts one to two years and provides additional expertise in a specific surgical subspecialty.
  • Continuing education: surgeons must maintain their medical licensure by earning continuing education credits, attending conferences, and keeping abreast of the latest advances and techniques in their field.

During their training, surgeons learn how to perform surgical procedures, diagnose and treat surgical diseases, and care for their patients before and after surgery. They also develop important skills such as communication, collaboration, and leadership that are essential for a successful surgical career.