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What's it like being a surgeon?


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Dan’s Answer

I am not a surgeon but I have rotated through surgery in medical school. It is a field of medicine that requires not only immense knowledge but hands-on skill as well. You must be motivated and thick skinned to get through the entire process of becoming a surgeon. It is a very gratifying job as you the provider can feel instant gratification due to the nature of the job. For example, say you have a really bad infection of your large intestine, so bad that it has to be taken out -- the surgeon will take it out and fix it immediately. If you have an infection and it is not life threatening and more on the mild side, a primary care physician can give antibiotics and follow up on it via imaging -- no instant gratification.

Having said that, you work a lot and the operating room is your sanctuary. You will have follow-up appointments to see how your patient's are healing in office as well. Being on-call is apart of the job in addition to covering your colleagues when they are on vacation or sick. Surgeons are on the upper level in terms of hierarchy compared to other physicians in the hospital -- respect is given as it is deserved.

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Rahul’s Answer

Worked as a surgeon for exactly a week in a government college, before opting for another subject (in a subsequent round of counselling). What, I remember most about that time is a sense of selflessness and discipline that was instilled into me , during my association with those professionals. Working in Palliative medicine has been more chalenging, given the person centeredness and the lack of discipline and respect for democracy, that prevails in the discipline (something that stems from the philosophy of the governing body).

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