In the Air Force:
Aerospace Medical Service; Aerospace Medical Service Helper; Critical Care Medicine; Dentist, General Clinical; General Practice Physician; Ophthalmologist, Glaucoma; Orthopedic Surgeon, Hand Surgery; Otorhinolaryngologist, Pediatric Otolaryngology; Pediatrician, Hematology; Surgeon, Neurological
In the Army:
Cardiologist; Dental Corps Officer; Field Surgeon; General Surgeon; Neurosurgeon; Ophthalmologist; Orthopedic Surgeon; Pediatric Sub-Specialist; Peripheral Vascular Surgeon; Rheumatologist
In the Navy:
Colon Rectal Surgeon; Emergency Medical Specialist; General Surgeon; Neurosurgeon; Ophthalmologist; Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon; Otolaryngologist; Perioperative Nurse; Plastic Surgeon; Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon; Urologist
Repairing injuries… preventing disease… even transplanting organs: surgeons are literally on the “cutting edge” of medicine. Unless it’s an emergency situation, the surgeon meets with the patient and listens to the problem. The doctor does an examination and considers medical history, lab work and other possible treatments before deciding on the need for surgery. Possessing that famous "good bedside manner" can help in explaining the diagnosis, the risks of the operation, and the patient's responsibilities before and after the procedure. In the operating room, the surgeon is assisted by an entire team. They handle preparation, monitoring and other tasks, so that the surgeon can concentrate on the delicate work involved in operating. Besides extensive medical knowledge, being a surgeon requires exacting precision, dexterity and stamina. Some procedures take hours to perform. After the surgery is over, the surgeon checks patients to see how they are recovering. Emergencies may result in the surgeon being called at any hour of the day or night. Surgeons may manage a busy private practice, or conduct research. They keep detailed records on patients and often write reports. Some develop new surgical techniques that they teach to other surgeons or students. This career requires a significant investment of education. Surgeons tackle a four year bachelor’s degree, followed by four years of medical school, then 5-8 years post-medical school training depending on the surgical specialty. Surgeons make up America's single largest group of medical specialists. Few people come closer to actually holding someone's life in their hands than surgeons do.
What they do:
Diagnose and perform surgery to treat fetal abnormalities and birth defects, diseases, and injuries in fetuses, premature and newborn infants, children, and adolescents. Includes all pediatric surgical specialties and subspecialties.
On the job, you would:
Analyze patient's medical history, medication allergies, physical condition, and examination results to verify operation's necessity and to determine best procedure.
Conduct research to develop and test surgical techniques that can improve operating procedures and outcomes.
Consult with patient's other medical care specialists, such as cardiologist and endocrinologist, to determine if surgery is necessary.
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You might use software like this on the job:
Graphics or photo imaging software
Computer imaging software
Operating system software
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