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Become An Orthopedic Surgeon

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Working As An Orthopedic Surgeon

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Stressful

  • Make Decisions

  • $394,570

    Average Salary

What Does An Orthopedic Surgeon Do At Executive Staff Recruiters

* Treat conditions, such as fractures and dislocations, torn ligaments, pulled muscles, bunions, arthritis, osteoporosis-related symptoms and foot growth problems.
* Treat conditions involving the musculoskeletal system.
* Use surgical and non-surgical means to treat musculoskeletal trauma, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors and congenital conditions.
* Monitor and record patients progress according to documentation guidelines Educate patients about treatment procedures, as well as counsel their patients before and after the surgery.
* Maintain up-to-date records of patient services and treatment procedures.
* Communicate with patients to obtain their medical history.
* Assess patients health condition and prescribe appropriate medications.
* Address patient and staff concerns in a timely manner.
* Attend regular staff meetings to discuss about any issues or updates.
* Guide clinical staffs in their assigned job duties.
* Attend medical courses and programs for professional development

What Does An Orthopedic Surgeon Do At Atlantic Health System

* Establish good working relationships with primary care physicians and other specialists and all other potential referral sources.
* Create a culture of service and excellence with staff, referral sources, patients and peers.
* Contribute to quality patient outcomes and assure compliance as set forth by Atlantic Health System, the Atlantic Health System Orthopedic Service Line, the Department of Orthopedics at the medical center(s), or other designated group or agency.
* Maintain collegial and collaborative relationships with peers at admitting hospitals and academic medical centers in order to meet the needs of the patients identified for referral for the purpose of tertiary or quaternary care.
* Provide Atlantic Medical Group with all the necessary documentation for the billing of services at all practice locations in a timely and thorough manner.
* Participate actively in efforts to standardize equipment, supplies and processes in the Operating Room and in the provision of services in all patient care settings.
* Participate actively and enthusiastically in programmatic initiatives to maintain and enhance the Orthopedic Services of the Department of Orthopedics at the medical center(s) and to develop and contribute to the reputational success of the Department.
* Ensure that orthopedic specialty services in general orthopedics and total joint surgery are accessible to subscribers of all insurance plans accepted by the hospital.
* Participate in appropriate professional societies and accrue CME credits to fulfill medical center as well as licensure requirements and participatory qualifications for all insurance plans.
* Attend and participate in all orthopedic meetings, subspecialty conferences and business meetings as appropriate.
* Participate in community education and scientific programs as may be delegated or assigned to the orthopedic surgeon by the Atlantic Medical Group.
* Conform to protocols and evidence based guidelines for the appropriate care of all orthopedic patients.
* Maintain appointment at Atlantic Health System medical center(s) with adherence to the Medical Staff Bylaws per departmental and staff meetings as required by the medical center.
* Provide consultations at the request of Attending Physicians and patients at appropriate Atlantic Health System medical center(s).
* Develop and maintain a robust clinical surgical practice.
* Provide professional services in locations designated by Atlantic Health System and Atlantic Medical Group to enhance the breadth of orthopedic services to the community.
* Use and endorse the use of all of the Hospital's automated systems, as appropriate and achieve 90% utilization of CPOM

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How To Become An Orthopedic 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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Orthopedic Surgeon Demographics


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  • White

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Armenian

  • Portuguese

  • Chinese

  • Danish

  • Russian

  • Persian

  • Hindi

  • Urdu

  • Arabic

  • Korean

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Real Orthopedic Surgeon Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Orthopedic Surgeon Grace Clinic of Lubbock Lubbock, TX Jul 01, 2014 $750,000
Orthopedic Spine Surgeon Mid-Tennessee Bone & Joint Clinic, P.C. Columbia, TN Dec 15, 2015 $650,004
Orthopedic Surgeon Christie Clinic, LLC Champaign, IL Nov 20, 2015 $650,000
Orthopedic Surgeon, Spine Mid-Tennessee Bone & Joint Clinic, P.C. Columbia, TN Sep 06, 2013 $650,000
Orthopedic Surgeon Three Rivers Health Three Rivers, MI Jun 24, 2016 $625,000
Orthopedic Surgeon Integrated Health Systems, Inc. Three Rivers, MI Jun 15, 2016 $625,000
Orthopedic Surgeon Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center Marshall, MN Nov 09, 2016 $600,000
Orthopedic Surgeon Innovis Health, LLC Fosston, MN Sep 26, 2016 $600,000
Orthopedic Surgeon Innovis Health, LLC Detroit Lakes, MN Sep 26, 2016 $600,000
Orthopedic Surgeon Innovis Health, LLC Park Rapids, MN Sep 26, 2016 $600,000
Orthopedic Surgeon Campbell County Memorial Hospital Gillette, WY Aug 01, 2015 $597,460
Orthopedic Surgeon Campbell County Memorial Hospital Gillette, WY Jan 23, 2015 $597,460
Orthopedic Surgeon Williamson HMA Physician Management LLC Williamson, WV Mar 20, 2015 $495,000 -
Orthopedic Surgeon Carthage Area Hospital, Inc. Carthage, NY Jul 01, 2013 $495,000
Orthopedic & Spine Surgeon Muskogee Regional Medical Center, LLC Muskogee, OK Feb 17, 2014 $489,000
Orthopedic Surgeon San Miguel Clinic Corporation Las Vegas, NM Apr 16, 2015 $485,000
Orthopedic Surgeon & Physician Knapp Medical Group Weslaco, TX Jul 10, 2015 $473,370
Orthopedic Surgeon Baystate Medical Practices, Inc. Greenfield Town, MA Aug 01, 2014 $467,500
Orthopedic Surgeon Baystate Medical Practices, Inc. Greenfield Town, MA Oct 05, 2015 $467,500
Orthopedic Surgeon Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Ogdensburg, NY Jan 10, 2016 $451,502
Orthopedic Surgeon Bradford Regional Medical Center Bradford, PA Aug 25, 2014 $339,654
Orthopedic Spine Surgeon Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center Syracuse, NY Oct 01, 2013 $329,000
Orthopedic Surgeon Einstein Practice Plan, Inc. Philadelphia, PA Aug 01, 2013 $325,000
Orthopedic Surgeon Pacific Orthopedic Consultants, LLC Aug 15, 2013 $325,000
Orthopedic Surgeon Pacific Orthopedic Consultants, LLC Aug 12, 2013 $325,000
Orthopedic Surgeon Rochester General Hospital Rochester, NY Feb 04, 2013 $322,425 -
Orthopedic Surgeon Shriners Hospital for Children, Portland Portland, OR Sep 19, 2016 $320,000
Orthopedic Surgeon Jackson Physician Corp Jackson, KY Mar 08, 2016 $308,750

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Top Skills for An Orthopedic Surgeon


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Top Orthopedic Surgeon Skills

  1. Surgeons
  2. Clinical Setting
  3. Sports Medicine
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Deliver orthopedic radiographic views for various orthopedic surgeons.
  • Shoulder and knee injections in a clinical setting
  • Cast technician, patient education, sports medicine rehab, hospital and office rounding.
  • Assisted physician with direct patient care.
  • Trained patients with proper physical therapy movements to alleviate orthopedic issues.

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