A career in...
A career as an orthopaedic and trauma surgeon
Orthopaedics is a varied, competitive, and innovative specialty
- By: Frank Acquaah, Michael Shenouda
“I don’t pay any attention to them. To be honest, if I were in their shoes, I’d probably envy me too. They know I have the best job in the hospital.” This is what the chief resident in orthopaedics told me as we walked away from a group of his general surgery colleagues, who were chuckling at a joke one of them had made about orthopaedic surgeons. Orthopaedic surgery is a challenging specialty that requires more than a firm grip for you to be successful.1
In the United Kingdom, orthopaedic surgeons make up 33% of the surgical workforce and perform nearly 26% of all surgical interventions.2 Traditionally, orthopaedic surgeons have been known as “bone doctors” who are primarily concerned with diseases that affect the bones of the limbs and trunk, along with diseases of joints such as the knee and shoulder. However, the field of orthopaedics covers more than