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What is the education needed for a orthopedic surgeon?

An orthopedic surgeon is one of my interests in my future career and I want to know the education needed.

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Joanna’s Answer

Hello Yareli! To become an orthopedic surgeon, you will need to have a bachelors and medical degree. Upon completion from medical school, you will then need to do a residency in I believe orthopedic surgery. There may be a fellowship you can do as well if you want more advanced training. I recommend in college, you major in what you enjoy! If you enjoy the sciences such as physiology, go for it! If you enjoy history, then go for it and take the prerequisites for medical school during your time there as well! Medical schools nowadays love well rounded students, so it's always best to major in something you love and are passionate about! Hope this helps!
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Joseph’s Answer

Definitly outside of my profession but here is the top forum where you can get excellent information from individuals already in the profession.
https://www.orthogate.org/forums

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Kess’s Answer

Hi Yareli!

Great question! You'll need to complete medical school to become an orthopedic surgeon. Here is the general breakdown:

1. Complete high school

2. Research what college you want to go to for your bachelor's degree. Most medical schools will consider any degree as long as you've completed the prerequisites for the med school.
(I have a bachelor's in biomedical science with minors in chemistry and sociology, and my friends in medical school have English, Russian history, and Psychology degrees.)

3. Take as many classes as you can for your degree at your community college to save money (but make sure they transfer to a university)! Apply for financial aid through FAFSA. Some community colleges have programs to get you from that community college and into a nearby university.

4. Apply for and graduate with at least a bachelor's degree.

5. Prepare for and take the MCAT (medical college admissions test).

6. Prepare for and apply to medical schools (both MD (medical doctor) and DO (doctor of osteopathic medicine) can become an ortho surgeon).

7. Complete 4 years of medical school (the first 2 years are book learning, second two years are clinical rotations). Licensing exams are done after the 2nd year of medical school and another after the 3rd year. Then the 3rd one is done during residency.

8. Apply for and attend the ortho surg residency - another 5 years of training. (Take your 3rd major exam here.)

GOOD LUCK! YOU CAN DO IT!!!

You might also consider Physician's Assistant, podiatrist, or other ortho-related professions which aren't ortho surg specifically.
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