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Become An Orthopaedic Surgeon

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Working As An Orthopaedic Surgeon

  • $75,442

    Average Salary

What Does An Orthopaedic Surgeon Do At Tenet Healthcare

* Adheres to and supports the mission, purpose, philosophy, objectives, policies, and procedures of Tenet Physician Resources.
* Adheres to the Tenet HIPAA Compliance Plan and the Privacy Standards Confidentiality Agreement.
* Demonstrates support for the Tenet Corporate Compliance Program by being knowledgeable of compliance responsibilities as expressed in the Code of Conduct; adhering to federal and state laws, rules, regulations, and corporate policies and procedures policies that affect his/her specific job functions/responsibilities; and reporting compliance issues/concerns in a timely and appropriate manner.
* Assists in the care of patients by fitting and applying pre-operative braces, crutches and other soft goods
* Prepare and apply casts and orthopedic appliances
* Prepare patients for all testing procedures.
* Assisting with orthopedic procedures, including but not limited to: wound care, aspirations, minor surgical procedures and fracture reductions.
* Maintains a clean, orderly and safe environment for patients and visitors.
* This includes cleaning, sterilizing, and storing instruments in accordance with practice policies.
* Properly complete patient routing slips and charge tickets with all appropriate CPT codes and corresponding ICD codes.
* Complies with established personal protective equipment requirements necessary for protection against exposure to blood and other potentially infectious body fluids, chemical disinfectants, radiation, and other hazardous substances.
* Demonstrates responsibility for professionalism, personal growth and development including projecting a positive attitude toward the operation, completing assignments in a timely and cost efficient manner, accepting and responding to positive criticism.
* Observe radiation safety and OSHA guidelines.
* Inventory, order and maintain all departmental supplies at defined inventory levels.
* Assist with additional responsibilities as needed

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How To Become An Orthopaedic 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.


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.


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 Orthopaedic Surgeon Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Orthopaedic Surgeon Christie Clinic LLC Urbana, IL Jul 30, 2014 $650,000
Orthopaedic Surgeon Trinity Regional Medical Center Humboldt, IA Jul 16, 2012 $625,000
Orthopaedic Surgeon Trinity Regional Medical Center Sac City, IA Jul 16, 2012 $625,000
Orthopaedic Surgeon Trinity Regional Medical Center Fort Dodge, IA Jul 16, 2012 $625,000
Orthopaedic Surgeon Innovis Health, LLC Fargo, ND Mar 01, 2010 $600,000
Orthopaedic Surgeon Trinity Regional Medical Center Fort Dodge, IA Jan 10, 2015 $600,000
Orthopaedic Surgeon Trinity Regional Medical Center Fort Dodge, IA Mar 02, 2015 $600,000
Orthopaedic Surgeon Trinity Regional Medical Center Fort Dodge, IA Feb 03, 2015 $600,000
Orthopaedic Surgeon Trinity Regional Medical Center Webster City, IA Aug 15, 2012 $600,000
Orthopaedic Surgeon Innovis Health, LLC Fargo, ND Mar 01, 2011 $600,000
Orthopaedic Surgeon Trinity Regional Medical Center Humboldt, IA Aug 15, 2012 $600,000
Orthopaedic Surgeon Trinity Regional Medical Center Fort Dodge, IA Aug 15, 2012 $600,000
Orthopaedic Surgeon Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Lebanon, NH Dec 20, 2009 $474,000
Orthopaedic/Spine Surgeon Rocky Mountain Associates In Orthopedic Medicine Johnstown, CO Aug 01, 2014 $450,000
Orthopaedic Surgeon Clallam County Public Hospital District 2 Port Angeles, WA Jan 02, 2016 $440,177
Orthopaedic Surgeon Clallam County Public Hospital District 2 Port Angeles, WA Jan 01, 2016 $440,177
Orthopaedic Surgeon Montefiore Medical Center New York, NY Sep 16, 2011 $425,000
Orthopaedic Surgeon Montefiore Medical Center New York, NY Nov 01, 2013 $425,000
Orthopaedic Surgeon UPMC Community Medicine, Inc. McKeesport, PA Aug 01, 2015 $400,000
Orthopaedic Surgeon Rochester General Hospital Hornell, NY May 16, 2014 $285,000 -
Orthopaedic Surgeon LCO Group, Pa DBA Florida Musculoskeletal Institute Leesburg, FL May 11, 2015 $270,000
Orthopaedic Surgeon UNM, Dept. of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation Albuquerque, NM Sep 10, 2012 $250,000
Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon Mount Sinai Hospital NY Oct 21, 2016 $239,724
Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon Mount Sinai Hospital NY Jan 10, 2016 $239,724
Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon Children's Hospital Corporation Boston, MA Feb 01, 2014 $225,000
Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon Children's Orthopaedic Surgery Foundation Boston, MA Feb 01, 2016 $225,000
Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon Children's Orthopaedic Surgery Foundation Peabody, MA Jan 02, 2016 $225,000

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Top Skills for An Orthopaedic Surgeon


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Top Orthopaedic Surgeon Skills

  1. Orthopaedic Surgery
  2. Orthopaedic Surgical Procedures
  3. Clinical Office
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Direct patient care in an outpatient office setting: Supervised team of 3-10 employees daily.
  • Required working knowledge of ICD-9 and CPT Codes for private insurance, Medicare and Medicaid prior authorizations.
  • Cleaned and stocked exam rooms, sterilized instruments and equipment.
  • Created manuals, interviewed and trained office staff.
  • Assisted in front office duties, heavy phone work, insurance approval, and requests for lab work.

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