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General Surgeon

What They Do:

General Surgeons are doctors who specialize in surgical procedures. They perform a broad range of procedures on soft tissues like cuts and cysts. They also perform colectomies (partial or full removal of the colon), procedures on the bowel and liver including gallbladder removal and complex hernia repairs.

Also Known As:

General Surgeon, Hand Surgeon, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Orthopedic Surgeon, Physician, Surgeon

Minimum Education Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Bachelor's degree in health science related major: 4 years
  • Medical School: 4 years (including classroom and clinical work)
  • Residency: 3-4 years

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