Operate to repair injuries, correct deformities, prevent and treat diseases and improve human body functions and appearance.
The work of a surgeon is among the most challenging of professions, often carried out in life-saving situations.
As a surgeon, you will be expected to:
A surgeon may specialise in particular types of operations. They may work in public or private hospitals, as well as in private practice as a specialist in their chosen field.
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics
The following study pathway shows the most common and direct route for a UWA student to pursue this career.
These majors can provide a foundation of knowledge for this career but are not specifically required for admission to the relevant postgraduate qualification:
After completion of the Doctor of Medicine and working in the public hospital system for two years (internship and residency), doctors interested in becoming a general surgeon can apply to the Royal Australasian College of Physicians to undertake further training and ultimately receive Fellowship which normally takes at least six years of study while working as a doctor.