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Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Job Description, Job Setting, Education, Salary, Employment Outlook,
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Jorge Rivera

on 23 October 2012

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By: Jorge Rivera Cardiothoracic Surgeon Job Description Salary Employment Outlook Professional Organizations Specializes in the diagnosis, medical management, and surgical treatment of patients with diseases of the heart and lungs. Determines which instruments and method of surgery will be most successful in achieving desired outcome. Identifies need for tests or follow-up visits. Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of tasks. May lead and direct the work of others. A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected. Typically reports to the chief of surgery. The case load can vary, based on the type and complexity of surgeries performed, and can be anywhere from 150 per year up to 500 or more. The average is about 300-400 surgeries annually. Surgeons must get certified from the American Board of Medical Specialists. After residency, they must be certified in cardiac surgery. Each state requires a surgeon to be licensed to work in the state. Education A surgeon, like other physicians, must first complete an undergraduate, or bachelor’s degree, before attending medical school to complete a doctorate of medicine (M.D.) Obtaining both the undergraduate and medical degrees is typically an eight-year process. After school, the future surgeon attends a surgical residency program which is typically 5 years. If a surgeon would like to further subspecialize in a particular type of surgery, the surgeon could attend additional years of training, called fellowships. In this he or she would learn additional techniques and procedures pertaining to a specific part of the body, or learn highly complex surgical skills which more generalized surgeons do not provide. The University of Chicago can be a great school for your undergraduate degree and for medical school Job Setting Surgeons spend most of their time in an operating room, at a hospital, or outpatient surgery center. The non-surgical time is typically spent in an office setting for the pre- and post-operative patient visits and consultations. Surgeons typically work four and a half to five days a week on a regular basis. Also any time being on-call for emergencies or urgent situations. Most surgeons work 50-60 hours weekly, including on-call time, administrative duties, and other responsibilities. Usually surgeons will have about 3 days blocked off for surgery and 2 days devoted to office hours for follow-up appointments or pre-operative consultations. The salary depends on factors such as geographical location of employment, experience level, and type of medical setting.The most prominent salary determinant is the level of experience, with those with less than a year's experience getting a pay ranging from $109,000 to $119,000 on an average. With the overall work experience increasing to one to four years, cardiac surgeons can expect to get paid anywhere from $120,000 to $308,000. Heart surgeons with five to nine years of experience in the field can demand a yearly pay of around $193,000 to $348,000. If you are a heart surgeon with a 10 to 19 years of experience, the salary can range from $190,000 to a $487,000 per year. The pay potential can even increase with over 20 years of experience. Surgeons are in high demand in the future. The baby boomers are now old, so now there is a huge population of people with heart problems. The job outlook for surgeons is expected to grow by 24 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects should be good for surgeons willing to practice in rural and low-income areas, because these areas typically have difficulty attracting doctors. American Association for Thoracic Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery
American Thoracic Society
Association of Physician Assistants in Cardiovascular Surgery
Belgian Association for Cardio
British Cardiac Society
Canadian Cardiovascular Society
French Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation
International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
Korean Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Philippine Association of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons
The European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery Certification, Registration, Licensure The Scandinavian Society for Research in CardioThoracic Surgery
The Society for Heart Valve Disease
The Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
The Southern Thoracic Surgical Association
The Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education
Western Thoracic Surgical Association - Cardiovascular Surgeon
Cardiac Surgeon
Heart Surgeon
Vascular Surgeon
Thoracic Surgeon Related Occupations
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