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Surgeons Overview Surgeons treat and repair injuries and diseases using surgery A surgeon is a special type of physician Work Setting Surgeons spend most of their time in offices hospitals and clinics and are part of a team of surgeons who work together Surgeons stand in one place for a long time while in the operating room Unexpected problems may appear during surgery and surgeons must stay calm and make sudden decisions Surgeons often work long hours about 70 -80 hours a week and are always on call for emergencies Hazards include cuts from sharp knifes and other instruments and exposure to infectious diseases Being a surgeon can be a very stressful job because of long hours uncertain outcomes of surgery and a really high risk of lawsuits Major Employers Private or group practices large hospitals or public health organizations Physical Demands Continually seeing patients and looking medical charts and other objects close up for long periods of time Surgeons half to move around a lot and dont really half to carry very much weight rarely do they half to carry more than 10 pounds but on occasion they might half to carry up to 20 pounds They often handle surgical instruments and other such things Surgeons often half to talk to there patients and other doctors to get a second opinion Hiring Practices To be a surgeon you must have your license to practice medicine Employers wish to have surgeons who have a number of good references from residency faculty They also prefer people who are spirited have good communication skills and are willing to work long hours and be on call for emergencies Licensing All the states including the district of Colombia and Puerto Rico require a license to practice medicine In Oregon you half to graduate from an approved graduate school of medicine or osteopathy complete a one year internship or residency at a hospital
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