Reports To

If I was a surgeon I would report to the Chief of Surgery

Job Purpose

The purpose of a surgeon is to help treat and heal people with injuries or illnesses. Depending on what type of surgeon you are they treat anything from minor injuries such as broken bones to major stuff like cancerous tumors or deformities.


  • Being able to analyze a patient's medical history, medications, previous procedures, allergies, and determine the best procedure  
  • Provide pre-op and post-op treatments and procedures
  • Direct other medical staff such as scrub nurses, assistants, and trainees
  • Inform the patient on their condition and surgical options/risk
  • Follow surgical techniques for the operation
  • Operate



  • Minimum formal education is a Bachelor's degree
  • 4 years of undergraduate school
  • 4 years of medical school
  • Depending on their specialty, 3 to 8 years in internship and residency programs

Technology Skills

  • Applying techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services
  • Look at patients medical history and determine what fits best to their needs
  • Research rare illnesses, deformities, certain procedures
  • Knowledge of circuit boards, processors,electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.


  • Arm-hand steadiness
  • Visualization
  • Memorization
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Written Comprehension
  • Hand/finger Dexterity
  • Problem Sensitivity
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Reaction Time
  • Selective Attention

Personal Characteristics

  • Surgeons must be intelligent and creative because if something were to go wrong the could come up with a creative solution to fix it
  • Surgeons must be comfortable being the leader of the group and accept full responsibility for all outcomes
  • Surgeons must demonstrate perseverance
  • Must be quick at making decisions
  • Surgeons must be very flexible because their day can be very unpredictable


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