Day in the life of an Orthopaedic Surgeon

Follow Mr Sameer Singh's Average Day

We reached out to one of our Orthopaedic Surgeons – Mr Sameer Singh, to ask what a typical day looks like for him and why he wanted to become an Orthopaedic Surgeon.

Mr Singh has been an Orthopaedic Surgeon for over 25 years and has a specialty in shoulder, elbow and hands disorders.

Mr Sameer Singh

Why did you want to become an orthopaedic surgeon?

During medical school, in which I attended St Thomas Medical School in London. We are exposed to all aspects of medicine, but as soon as I had completed Trauma and Orthopaedics, I knew this is what I wanted to do. I have always been interested in anatomy and orthopaedics allows myself to apply this knowledge every day to improve the quality of life for patients.

My practice covers all aspects of trauma; however, I have a specialist interest in shoulder, elbow, and hand disorders.

How long have you been an expert in the field of orthopaedics?

I have concentrated in Trauma and Orthopaedics for 25 years and have performed expert witness work for over 15 years. By understating the long-term consequences of injuries allows me to treat patients and counsel them when they have an injury.

In 2006, I was appointed as Fellow to the Liverpool Upper Limb Unit, gaining expertise in shoulder, elbow, and hand disorders. I was appointed Visiting Fellow to the Adidas Sports Medicine Centre, New Zealand, and the Adelaide Sports Medicine Centre in 2007, concentrating on sports injuries and the treatment of elite athletes.

What kind of education/training does your career require?

I have been fortunate to have many surgeons train me to perform assessments of patients and surgery. These skills are used daily to assist patients in their care and allow me to pass knowledge to the next generation. Learning never stops and the motto for the team is ‘a day without learning is a wasted day’. As a surgeon and expert witness regular, continuous professional development is essential to make sure my skills in all areas are up to date to provide the best care possible.

To become an orthopaedic surgeon, after medical school you join the two-year programme where you will work in six placements in different settings. After this programme, a further 2 years of rotating through various surgical specialities is required. Then apply for the specialty training to become a trauma and orthopaedic surgeon, and this will take a minimum of six years. Specialist exams will need to be passed to progress.

What do you enjoy most about being an orthopaedic surgeon?

It provides immense satisfaction to treat patients at the start of the journey, guide them through their rehabilitation and see them return to work and sport pain free.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Each day is different which makes it fun. I work within many teams, and we motivate each other to care for patients.

A day is usually 8am to 6pm and will be a combination of clinics and operating. Within the day I will take time to catch up with emails and other medicolegal reports. If I have no time in the day I will catch up with correspondence in the evening and weekends.

What advice would you offer someone wanting to become an orthopaedic surgeon?

The advice I give to anyone in medicine is – Do what you enjoy and what you believe in, as you will be doing it for a long time. If you enjoy your job, then work will not feel like work. We must give our maximum every day as patients rely on us to improve their lives.

 

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