What does it take to be a cardiotherasic surgeon?

By: Peyton S.

         The basic route to become a cardiac surgeon is 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, and residency training in general surgery. When you go to college you would study pre-med. In medical school (med school) is where you get the training to be able to attend residency. Residency is the chance to pick the field that you would like to specialize in such as neuro, cardio, ortho, and general surgery which has to do with the intestines, liver, pancreas, spleen, etc. Those are the areas of surgery other areas include hematology, radiology, and oncology.

how much money do surgeons make and how many hours do they work?

         Early career salaries are around $360,000 per year. More experienced surgeons get around an average salary of $567,171 per year. The hours mostly depend on if you are on call and how many patients you have. Most surgeons work 50-60 hours weekly including on call time. Those hours vary.

when does the average surgeon retire?

         According to sources most surgeons don't plan to retire so they keep working. The main thing that old surgeons have to keep track of it their fatality rate. If the fatality rate rises the older the doctor gets, the more of a chance that the hospital will let the surgeon go. If I was a surgeon my age of retirement would be from 60-65.That is what would be consider as a good retirement age.

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