The Education Required For An MD Orthopedic Career

By Jeannie Chapman


A career within a particular medical field is always demanding, but rewarding. If you aspire to be a nurse or even a surgeon, perhaps you are considering taking up an MD orthopedic position. An expert in orthopedics will deal with patients who suffer from muscular and bone issues and deformities, and will tend to broken bones as well. A surgeon will be required to perform relevant surgical procedures.

Within this medical profession, you could decide to become a nurse, a technician, a surgeon or even a sales representative. Each of these positions will require some intensive studying, as there are various examinations that will need to be passed. You cannot practice orthopedics if you do not have the relevant qualifications. The individual studying should also be determined and focused in order to get through the work required.

If you become a technician, you will work closely with the surgeons of the hospital, providing assistance with the patients' casts, splints and braces. You will prepare and maintain these articles of equipment, and ensure that they are fitted and removed adequately. You will therefore also be in contact with patients and medical staff. Technicians are required in the orthopedics, casualty and plastic surgery sections of a hospital.

A technician must have a high school diploma or a GED before he or she can study further for this career. High school classes such as biology, maths, science, chemistry and physics are useful. Good grades are also required. The aspiring technician will then study physiology, anatomy, orthopedics and other courses, and will also undergo an internship program. Once the studies are complete, he or she will take the NBCOT exam.

If you are interested in becoming a nurse who works with orthopedic patients, you will first need to become an RN, or registered nurse. You will also need to work as an RN for a number of hours before you can work in orthopedics. RN's must pass the National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX, by working through a nursing degree program.

Surgeons will need to study hard for a number of years before they can practice, and will therefore need to be determined in order to complete their studies. If you have this sort of career in mind, make sure it is the right one for you before spending so much money and time on education. Go see a practicing surgeon to find out what the work entails. Once decided, find a good school, and remember to also consider schools of osteopathic medicine.

If you don't want to be a nurse or doctor, but still work in orthopedics, you can become a sales representative, selling various appliances to hospitals and medical professionals. For this job you will often be required to have a bachelor's degree in marketing or business, and maybe in biology too. Although you won't work with patients, you must know about orthopedics. You are more likely to secure a rep position if you have previous sales experience.

Someone who works in an MD orthopedic department of a hospital, regardless of their position, needs to be a dedicated and professional worker. They should have good communication skills and a genuine love for people. A hardworking individual working in orthopedics will be rewarded with a high salary.




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