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Know your personality when choosing a career in surgery

I knew the moment that I wanted to become a doctor, I also wanted to be a surgeon. This was not because I thought it was "cool or fun," or that I like played the game "operation" when I was a kid, but because I knew that my personality and values matched this profession: I liked working with my hands, the idea of "healing patients with my hands," and requiring technical precision to produce results. I was impatient, and wanted to see the results of my work immediately, not months or years later. I knew the moment that I tied my first knot around a blood vessel, cut out a cancer on the body, and fixed a broken bone, that this was the greatest profession in the world. Every time I stepped foot in the operating room, there was a reaffirming moment or experience that made me certain that surgery was the right field for me.

Understanding your own personality and values will go a long way in determining your fit and longevity in plastic surgery. Surgical trainin…

Education

Here on the basics in terms of education in becoming a board certified plastic surgeon:

4 years of undergraduate education with a bachelors degree in science or the arts-- this includes the basic premed requirements. The premed requirements usually requires biology, physics, calculus, etc. It is important to see what the medical school requires for the prerequisite education to enter medical school.

4 years of medical school. The first two years will be in the basic sciences and pathophysiology. The last two years are clinical, requiring the student to observe and start taking part in patient care. Usually in the third year, the student decides on his or her specialty. It is at this time, that it is important to obtain preceptorships and mentor ships with specific physicians in the field of plastic surgery. By the end of the third year and in the beginning of fourth-year applications will be due for plastic surgery residency positions.

6 years of plastic and reconstructive surgery tra…

Choosing Medicine First

Choosing a path toward surgery first requires the choice to go to Medical School. That decision can be made throughout your undergraduate and post graduate years. The vast majority of us were "PreMeds" in undergraduate, taking the requisite courses to apply to medical school. Most of us were Science majors (biology, biochemistry, etc); I chose the Humanities, as a philosophy major and a biology minor. I studied hard to keep up a high GPA and often wondered if I had made a good choice while my friends were "partying" on the weekends. The road to surgery is gruelling, and requires steadfast commitment to academic achievement. Once you've made your choice, you go all the way--"half of the way" won't get you there.