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How hard is it to complete the years of school and residency to be an orthopedic surgeon ? And any advice?

It has always been a goal/ dream of mine to be an orthopedic surgeon. So I want to get more of an idea of the steps to get there. #surgeon #orthopedicsurgeon #orthopedic #medical #medicine #doctor #surgery


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Richard’s Answer

In the US, to apply to medical school, you need a bachelor's degree. Any 4-year university should suffice.

Pick a major that interests you so you don't mind devoting a majority of your hours to studying. You will need to get good grades in college in order to apply for medical school. At the medical school I attended, the average GPA is reported to be 3.85, so even one or two B's can hurt your chances of acceptance.

Aside from this, any major is acceptable as long as you complete the prerequisite courses.

Typical medical school prerequisites include:
Biology: Lecture – 4 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
General Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Organic Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Biochemistry: Lecture – 1 semester
General Physics: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Math: Statistics – 1 semester
English: Rhetoric (Composition) and Literature – 2 semesters

Try to find opportunities to pursue research.

Volunteer at your local hospital or low-income clinic. Ask physicians, PAs or other clinical providers if you can shadow them.


During college study for and complete the MCAT. Devote an entire summer to studying for the MCAT and consider paying for a prep course if you can afford it.

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Apply to medical schools during your last year of college.

Medical school takes 4 years to complete.

After medical school orthopedic surgeons complete a 5 year residency for additional training.

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Rachel’s Answer

Orthopedic surgery is a great field requiring a medical doctorate. This means that you will have to complete college with a bachelor’s degree as well as all of the Pre-med requirements. GPA should probably be 3.5 or better. You will also have to score well on the MCAT. Once accepted to medical school, you will need to be at the top of your class and perform very well on the STEP I test to secure an orthopedic residency. Following that, you will apply for a 1 fellowship. This = 14+ years of school after high school. This is a long road but can lead to a very satisfying career.

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s’s Answer

I'm not an orthopedist; rather, a retired radiologist.
However, I think I'm correct with this answer.
You need to go to college and get a bachelor degree.
Then you need to go to medical school (usually 4 years) and get an MD.
Then you need to take an orthopedic residency (5 years).

It is not easy.
You will need to apply yourself 100%.

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Robert’s Answer

Like any field hard work dedication and focus are keys to success I heard it said If you work hard at something it becomes easy but if you work easy at something it will always be hard

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Robert’s Answer

Like any field hard work dedication and focus are keys to success I heard it said If you work hard at something it becomes easy but if you work easy at something it will always be hard

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Julie’s Answer

With motivation, patience, balance and support you can do it. Becoming successful is hard but once you get there, you can float on top.

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