Surgeon

Surgeons perform surgery to correct deformities, repair injuries, prevent and treat diseases, and improve human functioning and appearance. Medical Registrars training as Surgeons are included here.
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    Overview

    Surgeons perform surgery to correct deformities, repair injuries, prevent and treat diseases, and improve human functioning and appearance. Medical Registrars training as Surgeons are included here.

    Day-to-day

    • examining patients to determine the necessity of operations, estimating and explaining risks to patients, and selecting the best operational procedures
    • reviewing reports on patients' general physical condition, reactions to medications and medical histories
    • consulting with Anaesthetists regarding the correct anaesthesia for patients
    • performing surgical operations
    • examining instruments, equipment, and surgical set-up to ensure that antiseptic and aseptic methods have been followed
    • instructing other medical, nursing and associated staff regarding the preparation of patients and instrument and equipment requirements
    • prescribing post-operative care, and observing and investigating patients' progress
    • maintaining records of operations performed
    • may specialise in particular types of operations.

    Considerations

    • Irregular hours
    • Stressful

    To become a Surgeon

    • You need to be a qualified Medical Practitioner and then complete further training with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons before you can specialise as a Surgeon.

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    • Registration with the Medical Board of Australia is required.

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