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Advice about a career in trauma surgery

Wilson, Matthew, M.D. Matthew.Wilson at cshs.org
Sun Apr 30 16:03:40 BST 2006

Yes Yes and. Yes to all your questions.  Shift work is the norm.  Both 12
and 24 hour shifts are available.  Elective surgery will supplement your
income .   A busy trauma service will/can be 70/30 non op vs op.  It is safe
to say you will have more non op where ever you go.   Add critical care to
your fellowship wish list.  It will keep you busy during the non op periods

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From: 	00 00 [mailto:rarax at hotmail.com]
Sent:	Sun Apr 02 18:25:01 2006
To:	trauma-list at trauma.org
Subject:	Advice about a career in trauma surgery

Hi,  I'm a med student in the U.S. and interested in possibly a career in 
trauma surgery.  I have a few questions that I hope the surgeons can advise 
me about.

1. Is it possible to work purely as a trauma surgeon or do trauma surgeons 
also do routine general surgery cases in addition to their responsibilities 
as a trauma surgeon?

2.  Is it possible to work entirely in shifts as a trauma surgeon?

3.  How much of your time as a trauma surgeon do you spend actually 
operating vs. non-operative management?

Thank you in advance for your help.


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