In the quest of finding the appropriate job that would compliment a person's character and choice of lifestyle, there are many factors that must be considered. Persons may take into consideration the amount of hours the job requires, the duties, the requirements and most importantly, the salary base for the job. Along with these factors, a person must have the desire and motivation for the career path chosen. In taking a closer look at the occupation of a General Surgeon all these factors will be considered.
Firstly, in order for a person to be hired as a surgeon, there are many requirements a person must fulfill before even being considered for the job. The most important requirements are the educational background and training. After acceptance into an appropriate university, the individual begins their undergraduate studies. During the undergraduate years, school subjects that include some aspect of Biology, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry, English and Mathematics may serve as a useful background in order to acquire a bachelor's degree in this field. Upon successful completion of an undergraduate program, a medical degree must be obtained from an accredited medical school. It takes about four years of undergraduate school, four years of medical school and three to eight years of internship and residency. During the first two years at most medical schools, students spend most of their time in the classroom and in laboratory settings. During the last two years, medical students are required to work with patients under the supervision of experienced surgeons in medical facilities such as hospitals and clinics. In order to practice in the United States of America, licensure to practice medicine in at least one of fifty states is necessary to fulfill the minimum requirements.
Along with the main requirements of a surgeon, there are several personal requirements a person must possess in order to be a good General Surgeon.