What does a General Surgeon do?

A General Surgeon will perform invasive medical procedures in a hospital setting. These procedures may be planned or could be emergency in nature. You will use precision hand movements with little break and long periods of standing using excellent analytical skills to make the best decisions with little advance notice.

The ideal candidate will be skilled in wound care and have 5+ years of experience as a surgeon in a hospital setting with a valid U.S. medical license who is Board Certified in Surgery with an active DEA registration. Your desire to work in an acute and critical care setting as is your excellent decision making abilities and superior analytical skills in determining best treatment plans given little planning time.

What responsibilities are common for General Surgeon jobs?
  • Complete daily rotations
  • Mentor Medical Students in their surgery rotation
  • Supervise Surgical Nursing and Surg Tech Staff
  • Perform a variety of invasive medical procedures in an operating room
  • Diagnose patients and develop treatment plans
  • Order diagnostic tests for patients prior to surgery
  • Explain procedures in layman's terms to patients and family members before and after procedures
  • Accurate charting of patients under your care
What are the typical qualifications for General Surgeon jobs?
  • Board certified in surgery or a specialty, preferred
  • Active DEA registration
  • 5+ years of experience as a surgeon in a hospital setting
  • Skilled in wound care
  • Able to stand for long periods of time
  • Able to use hands with precision for extended periods of time without a break
  • Excellent decision-making abilities in emergency cases
  • Superior analytical skills in determining best treatment plans given little planning time
  • Ability to communicate effectively to a diverse population
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3.5 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a General Surgeon make?

$244,878 /yr
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General Surgeon Career Path

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Hyundai MotorHyundai Motor
General Surgeon
Jan 12, 2022

“Good experience and technology and one of the best hospitals in korea”

Apollo HospitalsApollo Hospitals
General Surgeon
Jan 9, 2022

“Working hours are good.”

Kosciusko Community HospitalKosciusko Community Hospital
General Surgeon
Dec 10, 2021

“Great people to work with.”

Baylor College of MedicineBaylor College of Medicine
General Surgeon
Sep 13, 2021

“Not enough pay.”

Damascus Hospital
General Surgeon
Oct 27, 2021

“Almost free .. learning.”

Apollo HospitalsApollo Hospitals
General Surgeon
Jan 5, 2022

“Good care and a good salary”

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When working as a General Surgeon, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Graduate Medical Education, 24 Hour, Problem Analysis, Critical Thinking, and Vad.

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