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A day in the life of a surgeon or anesthesiologist?

I'm curious to know how your schedules work and what time you get up to start work

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Garrett’s Answer

I would get up at 5am to workout before going into the office or surgery center by 7am. Work hours can be unpredictable depending on your call schedule, patient load and the number of surgical cases in a day. Call requires you to be available after hours for questions from staff, patients or family and in the event of an ER consult.
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Megan’s Answer

Definitely depends on the type of surgeon and what type of hospital system but they generally like to start first case which is around 0730 and like to be out by 3pm they usually round in between cases when the room is getting turned around or cleaned for the next case. If you’re in Academics the chief Residents usually start the surgery and the Attending comes in during the main portion and then leaves again. Private practice they do the whole surgery themselves.
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Erwin’s Answer

A typical day depends on where you work. By that I mean if you are a hospital employed doctor or private practice doctor. But typically it starts out by seeing the patients you have in the hospital. After you have made your rounds on those patients then you will either have patients to see in the office or scheduled surgeries waiting.
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Kess’s Answer

As noted above, it varies by area and how the person is employed.

For my surgical rotation, the surgeons have 2 weekly days of surgery and 3 days of clinic. Clinic days are when they see the patients before or following surgeries. However, each surgeon is usually on call 2 days a week. It's a relatively small hospital. On the on-call days, they admit patients who are seen in the emergency department which would be considered surgical patients, do surgical procedures on patients already in the hospital as an adjunct to their treatment, and any other surgical cases which may come up in those 24 hours.
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