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What are the career prospects of an Orthopedic Surgeon?

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An Orthopedic surgeon also recognized as Orthopedist is a medical expert specialized in treatment and diagnosis of musculoskeletal disorders (disorders related to muscles, joints, discs, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, nerves, and bones) that range from dislocations, joint degeneration and fractures to bursitis, torn ligament, and sprains. Apart from these general diseases, these experts are also liable and accountable to treat diseases such as spinal disorders, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, arthritis, tendonitis, osteoporosis, tendon injuries or strains, bone tumors and much more.

An Orthopedist is capable of treating broken or fractured bones or any other kind of sports or accident injuries using both surgical and non-surgical methods and help her/his patients to get back to their normal everyday activities. In elderly patients suffering severely from joint disorder, an Orthopedist is capable of replacing the whole joint by an artificial one. They perform physical exams, prepare therapeutic plans and design treatment to provide proper and needed care for their patients. Performing spinal surgeries, back surgeries and replacing joints are a few major part of their jurisdiction.


Skills required to be an Orthopedic Surgeon

  • One has to be physically and mentally strong because this profession requires long hours of standing with complete focus and alertness in operation theaters.
  • Good decision-making abilities and interpersonal skills.
  • Concerned towards the well being of patients and keeping track of their recovery process.
  • Ability to work long hours and make an appropriate decision under pressurized situations.
  • Understanding of latest medical technologies and procedures.


How to become an Orthopedic Surgeon

A science student of PCB with English securing at least 50% marks for general category, 40% marks for SC/ST and OBC category is eligible to apply for entrance exam conducted by various states and your main focus should be on scoring well in:

  • AIPMT (All India Pre Medical Test)
  • AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences)
  • JIPMER  (Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research)


 Here is a list of some top college for the concerned course:

  • AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Science)
  • AFMC (Armed Forces Medical College)
  • Christian Medical College, Vellore
  • Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University, Pune
  • Darbhanga Medical College, Darbhanga

Courses are available at several levels such as:

Diploma and Certificate Courses

  • Diploma in orthoptics
  • Diplomate of the National Board OF Medical Exams in Orthopedics
  • PG Diploma in Orthopedics (D.Ortho.)
  • PDCC (Neuro and Ortho Anaesthesiology)

Bachelor Courses

  • MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery)

Master Courses

  • Master of Surgery (MS) in Orthopedics
  • Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Orthopedics

Doctoral Courses

Doctor of  Philosophy in Orthopedics

After completing MBBS course of 5.5 year’s duration including 1 year of rotational internship in which government has recently added an additional year of internship with one year of rural posting, making MBBS a course of complete 7.5 years; You have to go for specialization in Orthopedics named as MS in Orthopedics which has duration of 3 years. This will get you registered with Medical Council of India making you eligible to work in well-reputed government hospitals like AIIMS, PGI; private hospitals such as Fortis, Appollo. Or one can start their own clinic which allows you to work at desired hours and place.


Career prospects of an Orthopedist

There are many job profile which one can choose depending on their skills:

  • Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Physical Therapist
  • Orthopedic Nurse
  • Researcher
  • Consultant
  • Sports Medicine Physician

Ample of job opportunities are available out there as it is a profession related to healthcare, there is always plenty of vacancies for such positions in numerous hospitals and clinics in both government and private sectors. One can also work for various sports authorities looking after sport-related injuries and health issues in athletes. Working in a rehabilitation center is also a great choice available to a fresher in this field, the appealing option is to join defense services such as the army or naval forces. Teaching at universities or entering into research is an also an option.

Orthopedic is one the highest paying jobs among all healthcare professions. Your salary will depend on the choice of a role as well as the organization you work for. An Orthopedist is capable of earning between 3 – 5 lakh PA on the starting level. The more experience you gain the higher salary you earn, an experienced orthopedic surgeon earns between 15-20 Lakhs per year. 

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