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Become A Foot And Ankle Surgeon

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Working As A Foot And Ankle Surgeon

  • $197,700

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Foot And Ankle Surgeon does

  • Complete surgical treatment involving multiple surgical procedures of skin, soft tissue and bone in an inpatient and outpatient setting.
  • Conduct evaluations and medical diagnosis of foot and ankle pathologies.
  • Instructed podiatric surgical residents in podiatric surgery.
  • Administer treatment by way of prescription medications, injections, orthotics, physical therapy, casting and wound care.
  • Provided support to clinicians to include rooming patients, obtaining outside study reports and stocking exam rooms.
  • Provided patient education for care pertaining to dressings, splints, and casts.

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How To Become A Foot And Ankle Surgeon

Physicians and surgeons have demanding education and training requirements. Almost all physicians complete at least 4 years of undergraduate school, 4 years of medical school, and, depending on their specialty, 3 to 7 years in internship and residency programs.

Education

Most applicants to medical school have at least a bachelor's degree, and many have advanced degrees. Although no specific major is required, all students must complete undergraduate work in biology, chemistry, physics, math, and English. Students also take courses in the humanities and social sciences. In addition, some students volunteer at local hospitals or clinics to gain experience in a healthcare setting.

Medical schools are highly competitive. Most applicants must submit transcripts, scores from the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and letters of recommendation. Schools also consider an applicant’s personality, leadership qualities, and participation in extracurricular activities. Most schools require applicants to interview with members of the admissions committee.

A few medical schools offer combined undergraduate and medical school programs that last 6 or 7 years.

Students spend most of the first 2 years of medical school in laboratories and classrooms, taking courses such as anatomy, biochemistry, pharmacology, psychology, medical ethics, and the laws governing medicine. They also gain practical skills, learning to take medical histories, examine patients, and diagnose illnesses.

During their last 2 years, medical students work with patients under the supervision of experienced physicians in hospitals and clinics. Through rotations in internal medicine, family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery, they gain experience in diagnosing and treating illnesses in a variety of areas.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Physicians and surgeons need to be excellent communicators. They must be able to communicate effectively with their patients and other healthcare support staff.

Compassion. Physicians and surgeons deal with patients who are sick or injured and may be in extreme pain or distress. Physicians and surgeons must be able to treat patients and their families with compassion and understanding.

Detail oriented. Physicians and surgeons must ensure that patients are receiving appropriate treatment and medications. They must also monitor and record various pieces of information related to patient care.

Dexterity. Physicians and surgeons must be good at working with their hands. They may work with very precise and sometimes sharp tools, and mistakes can have serious consequences.

Leadership skills. Physicians who work in their own practice need to be effective leaders. They must be able to manage a staff of other professionals to run their practice.

Organizational skills. Some physicians own their own practice. Strong organizational skills, including good recordkeeping, are critical in both medical and business settings.

Patience. Physicians and surgeons may work for long periods with patients who need special attention. Persons who fear medical treatment may require more patience.

Physical stamina. Physicians and surgeons should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as lifting or turning disabled patients. Surgeons may spend a great deal of time bending over patients during surgery.

Problem-solving skills. Physicians and surgeons need to evaluate patients’ symptoms and administer the appropriate treatments. They need to do this quickly if a patient’s life is threatened.

Training

After medical school, almost all graduates enter a residency program in their specialty of interest. A residency usually takes place in a hospital and varies in duration, generally lasting from 3 to 7 years, depending on the specialty.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require physicians and surgeons to be licensed; requirements vary by state. To qualify for a license, candidates must graduate from an accredited medical school and complete residency training in their specialty.

All physicians and surgeons also must pass a standardized national licensure exam. M.D.s take the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). D.O.s take the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA). For specific state information about licensing, contact your state’s medical board. 

Certification is not required for physicians and surgeons; however, it may increase their employment opportunities. M.D.s and D.O.s seeking board certification in a specialty may spend up to 7 years in residency training; the length of time varies with the specialty. To become board certified, candidates must complete a residency program and pass a specialty certification exam from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), or the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS).

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Real Foot And Ankle Surgeon Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Orthopedic Trauma and Foot and Ankle Surgeon Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center, LLP Henderson, NV Oct 01, 2015 $240,000
Orthopedic Trauma and Foot and Ankle Surgeon Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center, LLP Las Vegas, NV Oct 01, 2015 $240,000
Orthopedic Trauma and Foot and Ankle Surgeon Nevada Orthopedic and Spine Center, LLP Las Vegas, NV Oct 01, 2012 $240,000
Foot and Ankle Surgeon Pacific Orthopaedic Associates Alhambra, CA Nov 01, 2011 $225,000
Podiatrist-Foot and Ankle Surgeon Pacific Foot and Ankle Clinic, LLC Milwaukie, OR May 15, 2014 $140,000
Foot and Ankle Medical Fellow University of Rochester Rochester, NY Aug 01, 2014 $63,140
Foot and Ankle Medical Fellow University of Rochester Rochester, NY Jul 01, 2014 $63,140

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Top Skills for A Foot And Ankle Surgeon

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Top Foot And Ankle Surgeon Skills

  1. Ankle Surgery
  2. Podiatric Medicine
  3. Multiple Surgical Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Administer treatment by way of prescription medications, injections, orthotics, physical therapy, casting and wound care.
  • Complete surgical treatment involving multiple surgical procedures of skin, soft tissue and bone in an inpatient and outpatient setting.
  • Conduct evaluations and medical diagnosis of foot and ankle pathologies.
  • Provided support to clinicians to include rooming patients, obtaining outside study reports and stocking exam rooms.
  • Provided patient education for care pertaining to dressings, splints, and casts.

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