What is your favorite part of being an orthopedic surgeon?
Is it learning new techniques and technology in the field? Is it seeing that you fix someone’s ailment; the end result? What makes you feel that you did the right thing in pursuing this career? #medicine
Gunnar, I was an Orthopedic Surgeon’s first assistant, for three years. My favorite part, was the repairing of displaced fractures. Those, that could not be set, by physical manipulation. In other words, pins, drills and screws. I also loved to read and interpret, MRI and X-Ray pictures. Repairing tendons and ligaments, was just not that much fun, for me.
The best inspiration, for orthopedic surgery, are pictures. Go to Google images and type something like, displaced fracture. And then type in, repaired displaced fracture. Start training your eyes now. Most people get a little woozy when they first look at pictures like this. But let your love for this type of work, move you past it. You will even have to interpret pictures, during an operation.
The best way to start, is become a medical assistant, in an orthopedic surgeon’s office. That will look real good on your medical school application.