Orthopedic surgeons endure long periods of schooling in order to begin practicing. The first step in the path is a bachelor's degree, preferably in biology or chemistry. Once undergraduate studies are complete, orthopedic surgeons must complete medical school to become medical doctor or a doctor of osteopathic medicine. After medical school, orthopedic surgeons may apply for residency at a hospital and demonstrate that they are knowledgeable and competent.
Orthopedic Surgeon Tasks
Monitor ongoing progress and health of patients, changing treatment plans as circumstances dictate.
Perform surgery to repair, salvage, or replace bones and joints, reconnect nerves, or otherwise improve skeletal health.
Examine patients to diagnose and treat bone, joint, ligament, and skeleton problems, diseases, or injuries.