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    (Original post by tengentoppa)
    How much do you earn? What are your hours like? What kind of surgeon do you want to be?
    My take home pay at the moment is about 2600 per month. I work an average of 43 hours per week on my current rota.

    Its an average. Some weeks I may work unto 72 hours but then Ill get a week off.

    I want to be an orthopaedic surgeon.
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    (Original post by Adipoptosis)
    Never! Its one of the prerequisites for surgical training I think.
    That's good. What was your reaction when you saw a body being cut up for the first time?
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    Is it harder for doctors specialising in surgery to keep up with the medical side of patient care ? As in the knowledge and training?


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    (Original post by HAnwar)
    That's good. What was your reaction when you saw a body being cut up for the first time?

    I was surprised at how little immediate bleeding there was. I expected more blood.

    Then I was more worried about being asked questions relating to the surface anatomy rather than thinking about my internal reaction, I guess.
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    Is there a large time-commitment? i.e are you still able to have a social life? And how competitive is it to get into the specialty after graduating from med school?
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    (Original post by SAF1234)
    Is it harder for doctors specialising in surgery to keep up with the medical side of patient care ? As in the knowledge and training?


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    Trauma and orthopaedic surgeons are notoriously bad at medical management of inpatients. So much so than an entire speciality (Orthogeriatrics) was created just to help them.

    The way I was trained is at odds with this type of surgical approach. I think already and as a registrar this is going to help me run the ward efficiently where my colleagues might struggle.
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    if you're a surgeon why did you make a thread last year asking about options in the investment banking sector?
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    (Original post by Kob2409)
    Is there a large time-commitment? i.e are you still able to have a social life? And how competitive is it to get into the specialty after graduating from med school?
    Yes, right now my social life has been quite complicated but I actually loads of time free on the weekends and after 4 most days.

    Depends entirely on how dedicated you are. For me it wasn't too hard. I wanted to have a london training post to be near where I live but birmingham ain't so bad.
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    (Original post by grassntai)
    if you're a surgeon why did you make a thread last year asking about options in the investment banking sector?
    I was and am still unhappy about how little I get paid. That was before I really got stuck into surgical training though, now I don't think ill change.
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    (Original post by Adipoptosis)
    I was surprised at how little immediate bleeding there was. I expected more blood.

    Then I was more worried about being asked questions relating to the surface anatomy rather than thinking about my internal reaction, I guess.
    Lol really?

    I have a great interest in this so I might be back to ask more questions
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    What made you decide to be an orthopaedic surgeon instead of something like a cardiac surgeon?
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    Which medical school did you go to?
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    (Original post by TazzyBoo)
    Which medical school did you go to?
    oxford
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    Well, I'm not quite an orthropod yet but I definitely want to be.

    Basically, its a branch where not that many people die.
    I enjoy the physics involved
    Private practice is excellent at the top level
    My dad is one
    All the surgeons I met during my more junior training were quite chilled and cool guys.
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    2600 take home (so much be approx £48k per annum) at 25 isn't enough pay for you? :P Greedy!

    Top 3 best and worst things about the job?
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    Do you think A-levels really matter whn being a Doctor/ Surgeon?
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    Have you forgotten how to read an ECG yet?
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    (Original post by M1011)
    2600 take home (so much be approx £48k per annum) at 25 isn't enough pay for you? :P Greedy!

    Top 3 best and worst things about the job?
    Best

    1. The feeling you get when you do a dynamic hip screw operation (newbie operation) and in the trauma meeting the next day, the bosses are like 'good work, you're making our senior trainees look bad'.

    2. When you, and I mean exclusively you, do something that actually results in a patient's life being made better or even saved. Very rare for this to actually happen. But for example when you realise that a patient has a certain infection and you pro-actively start Antibiotics and they make it off the ward alive whereas if you hadn't and some dodgy locum doctor had found them two days later, they would have died.

    3. There's this girl...sort of in love with her.


    Worst

    1. Pay :P
    2. Night working
    3. Managers
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    (Original post by InternationalGuy)
    Do you think A-levels really matter whn being a Doctor/ Surgeon?
    Yes since you need the right ones to be considered by a medical school, and the right grades to actually get in.
 
 
 
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