We calculated that 57% of Thoracic Surgeons are proficient in Patient Care, CME, and Lung Cancer. They’re also known for soft skills such as Communication skills, Compassion, and Detail oriented.
We break down the percentage of Thoracic Surgeons that have these skills listed on their resume here:
- Patient Care, 57%
Advanced patient care by continuously expanding core knowledge associated with surgical and technical procedures.
- CME, 21%
Maintain personal CME and training logs.
- Lung Cancer, 14%
Focused on lung cancer, esophagus cancer and mediastinal tumor treatment.
- Surgical Procedures, 5%
Experience extracting procedure codes from surgical procedures as well as assigning diagnosis codes and auditing for correct E/M services.
- Community Hospital, 4%
Answered phones, scheduled appointments, scheduled surgeries at the Irving Community Hospital (Baylor Hospital of Irving).
- EKG, 0%
Roomed patients, checked vitals, verified meds, H+P on new patients, EKG as requested by provider.
"patient care," "cme," and "lung cancer" aren't the only skills we found thoracic surgeons list on their resumes. In fact, there's a whole list of thoracic surgeon responsibilities that we found, including: Communication skills can be considered to be the most important personality trait for a thoracic surgeon to have. According to a thoracic surgeon resume, "physicians and surgeons need to be excellent communicators" thoracic surgeons are able to use communication skills in the following example we gathered from a resume: "strengthened knowledge of the importance of communication skills between physicians and patients" Another trait important for fulfilling thoracic surgeon duties is compassion. According to a thoracic surgeon resume, "patients who are sick or injured may be in extreme pain or distress." Here's an example of how thoracic surgeons are able to utilize compassion: "calm and educate patients regarding procedures performed, using special care and techniques with compassion to young children. " Another skill that is quite popular among thoracic surgeons is detail oriented. This skill is very critical to fulfilling every day responsibilities as is shown in this example from a thoracic surgeon resume: "patients must receive appropriate treatment and medications" This example from a resume shows how this skill is used: "obtain detailed historical data from patients and perform focused physical examinations. " In order for certain thoracic surgeon responsibilities to be completed, the job requires the skill "leadership skills." According to a thoracic surgeon resume, "physicians who work in their own practice must manage a staff of other professionals." As an example, this snippet was taken directly from a resume about how this skill applies: "delivered advice to surgeon general and executive leadership on public health policies, project implementation, and milestone establishment. " Another common skill for a thoracic surgeon to be able to utilize is "physical stamina." Physicians and surgeons should be comfortable lifting or turning disabled patients, or performing other physical tasks a thoracic surgeon demonstrated the need for this skill by putting this on their resume: "general physicals of children and adult surgical patients.diabetic rotations" Another skill commonly found on thoracic surgeon resumes is "problem-solving skills." This description of the skill was found on several thoracic surgeon resumes: "physicians and surgeons need to evaluate patients’ symptoms and administer the appropriate treatments" Here's an example from a resume of how this skill could fit into the day-to-day thoracic surgeon responsibilities: "solved many problems with patients accounts if any. "
See the full list of thoracic surgeon skills.
After discovering the most helpful skills, we moved onto what kind of education might be helpful in becoming a thoracic surgeon. We found that 51.9% of thoracic surgeons have graduated with a bachelor's degree and 11.1% of people in this position have earned their master's degrees. While most thoracic surgeons have a college degree, you may find it's also true that generally it's possible to be successful in this career with only a high school degree. In fact, our research shows that one out of every six thoracic surgeons were not college graduates.
Those thoracic surgeons who do attend college, typically earn either a nursing degree or a business degree. Less commonly earned degrees for thoracic surgeons include a medicine degree or a sociology degree.
Once you're ready to become a thoracic surgeon, you should explore the companies that typically hire thoracic surgeons. According to thoracic surgeon resumes that we searched through, thoracic surgeons are hired the most by UPMC, Integrity Locums, and Utah Valley University. Currently, UPMC has 4 thoracic surgeon job openings, while there are 3 at Integrity Locums and 3 at Utah Valley University.
If you're interested in companies where thoracic surgeons make the most money, you'll want to apply for positions at Allina Health, Altru Health System, and SSM Health. We found that at Allina Health, the average thoracic surgeon salary is $574,088. Whereas at Altru Health System, thoracic surgeons earn roughly $541,571. And at SSM Health, they make an average salary of $506,148.
View more details on thoracic surgeon salaries across the United States.
If you earned a degree from the top 100 educational institutions in the United States, you might want to take a look at United States Army Corps of Engineers, Us Navy, and D-R SERVICES. These three companies have hired a significant number of thoracic surgeons from these institutions.