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Orthopedic surgeons perform operations on injuries associated with the musculoskeletal system, which involves muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints, bones and nerves. An individual who undergoes orthopedic surgery may have injuries from sports or life-threatening accidents.

Pursuing a degree an orthopedic surgeon takes a concerted commitment that will require attending 4 years of medical school in addition to a residency program and appropriate licensing in order to practice.

Having a strong background the science curriculum such as biology, chemistry, physiology, physics and anatomy will prepare students for an M.D. path in orthopedics.

Watch the day in the life of Dr. Peter Waters, Chief of Clinical Orthopedics at Boston Children’s Hospital to gain an understanding of what it’s like to work in this popular medical field.

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