CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Surgeons

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Physicians and Surgeons
Benchmark Title: Surgeons
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Physicians who treat diseases, injuries, and deformities by invasive, minimally-invasive, or non-invasive surgical methods, such as using instruments, appliances, or by manual manipulation. Analyze patient's medical history, medication allergies, physical condition, and examination results to verify operation's necessity and to determine best procedure.
 
Operate on patients to correct deformities, repair injuries, prevent and treat diseases, or improve or restore patients' functions.
 
Follow established surgical techniques during the operation.
 
Prescribe preoperative and postoperative treatments and procedures, such as sedatives, diets, antibiotics, and preparation and treatment of the patient's operative area.
 
Examine patient to obtain information on medical condition and surgical risk.
 
Diagnose bodily disorders and orthopedic conditions and provide treatments, such as medicines and surgeries, in clinics, hospital wards, and operating rooms.
 
Direct and coordinate activities of nurses, assistants, specialists, residents, and other medical staff.
 
Provide consultation and surgical assistance to other physicians and surgeons.
 
Refer patient to medical specialist or other practitioners when necessary.
 
Examine instruments, equipment, and operating room to ensure sterility.
 
Prepare case histories.
 
Manage surgery services, including planning, scheduling and coordination, determination of procedures, and procurement of supplies and equipment.
 
Conduct research to develop and test surgical techniques that can improve operating procedures and outcomes.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Physicians and Surgeons
Benchmark Title: Surgeons
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
 
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Therapy and Counseling Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
 
Economics and Accounting Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Physicians and Surgeons
Benchmark Title: Surgeons
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Physicians and Surgeons
Benchmark Title: Surgeons
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Physicians and Surgeons
Benchmark Title: Surgeons
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Computer imaging software Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Electronic medical record EMR software Medical software
 
Image-guided surgery software Medical software
 
Integra Radionics NeuroSight Arc Medical software
 
Medical laser control software Medical software
 
Practice management software PMS Medical software
 
Robotic surgery software Medical software
 
Three-dimensional 3D virtual surgery software Medical software
 
Abdominal retractors Abdominal retractors
 
Amputation retractors Amputation retractors
 
Anastomosis clamps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Andrews tables Operating room patient procedure tables or accessories or related products
 
Argon beam coagulators Electrosurgical or electrocautery equipment or accessories or related products
 
Arterial line catheters Arterial line catheters
 
Artery forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Autologous blood recovery systems Blood recovery and delivery systems
 
Automated external defibrillators AED Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles
 
Balloon perfusion catheters Surgical perfusion catheters or connectors or accessories
 
Biopolar cautery equipment Electrosurgical or electrocautery equipment or accessories or related products
 
Biopsy forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Biopsy punches Surgical punches or punch holder or accessories
 
Bone chisels Surgical chisels or gouges
 
Bone clamps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Bone ronguers Surgical ronguers
 
Bone-cutting forceps Surgical bone cutting forceps
 
Bone-holding forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Bowel stapling equipment Staplers for internal use
 
Bronchoscopes Bronchoscopes or accessories
 
Bulldog clamps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Carbon dioxide CO2 lasers Surgical lasers or accessories
 
Cardiopulmonary bypass pumps Heart and lung machines or accessories
 
Cartilage clamps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Catheter forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Cavitron ultrasonic surgical aspirators CUSA Surgical suction machines or vacuum extractors or ultrasonic surgical aspirators or regulators or accessories
 
Ceiling mounted microscopes Surgical microscopes or loops or magnifiers or accessories
 
Cell savers Autotransfusion units
 
Cervical retractors Cervical retractors
 
Cervical spine retractors Spine or neuro retractors
 
Cilia forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Clip applying forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Colposcopes Colposcopes or vaginoscopes or accessories
 
Craniotome drills Surgical pneumatic or battery or electric saws or drills or pin drivers or accessories
 
Cryoprobes Cryosurgery equipment or accessories
 
Cryosurgery units Cryosurgery equipment or accessories
 
Cystoscopes Cystourethroscopes
 
Debakey clamps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Dermatomes Surgical dermatomes or dermabraders or dermameshers or accessories
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Diagnostic ultrasound equipment Medical ultrasound or doppler or pulse echo or echography units for general diagnostic use
 
Diathermy equipment Short wave diathermy units
 
Digital cameras Digital cameras
 
Dressing forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
ENT microscopes Surgical microscopes or loops or magnifiers or accessories
 
Ear forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Ear retractors Ear retractors
 
Electrocardiography EKG machines Electrocardiography EKG units
 
Electrosurgery units Electrosurgical or electrocautery equipment or accessories or related products
 
Electrosurgical grounding pads Electrosurgical or electrocautery equipment or accessories or related products
 
Endoscope vein harvesting equipment Vein harvest systems
 
Endoscopic catheters Surgical or endoscopic catheters or catheterization kits or drainage bags
 
Endoscopic insufflators Endoscopic insufflation or distention units or accessories
 
Endoscopic video cameras Endoscopic video cameras or recorders or adapters or accessories
 
Enterotomy scissors Surgical scissors
 
External fixators Operating room patient fracture tables or orthopedic tables or accessories or related products
 
Eye forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Eye magnets Eyemagnets for ophthalmic surgery
 
Flexible fiberoptic endoscopes Flexible endoscopes or accessories or related products
 
Flexible ureteroscopes Cystourethroscopes
 
Fracture tables Operating room patient fracture tables or orthopedic tables or accessories or related products
 
Gall bladder forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Gastrointestinal retractors Gastrointestinal retractors
 
Harmonic scalpels Electrosurgical or electrocautery equipment or accessories or related products
 
Heart and lung machines Heart and lung machines or accessories
 
Hemodynamic monitors Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories
 
Hemostatic forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Hip arthroplasty robots Surgical power equipment sets or accessories
 
Holmium lasers Surgical lasers or accessories
 
Hudson drills Surgical pneumatic or battery or electric saws or drills or pin drivers or accessories
 
Hysterectomy forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Hysteroscopes Uterine devices or accessories
 
IMA retractors Cardiovascular or thoracic retractors
 
Internal defibrillators Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles
 
Intestinal forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Intravenous IV equipment Intravenous tubing with catheter administration kits
 
Irrigation tubing Surgical irrigation sets or accessories
 
Laparascopes Laparoscopes or laparoscopic telescopes
 
Laparascopic graspers Endoscopic clamps or dissectors or graspers or forceps or ligators
 
Laser dopplers Surgical lasers or accessories
 
Lip retractors Lip retractors
 
Locking forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Lung retractors Lung retractors
 
Mayfield headrests Operating room patient positioning devices or accessories
 
Microforceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Nasal forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Neodymium-doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet Nd:YAG lasers Surgical lasers or accessories
 
Nerve retractors Nerve retractors
 
Obstetrical forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Occluding forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Operating room smoke evacuators Surgical smoke evacuators or accessories
 
Ophthalmic retractors Opthalmic retractors
 
Optical forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Optical urethrotomes Urological surgical instrument sets
 
Oral retractors Oral retractors
 
Orthopedic forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Orthopedic retractors Orthopedic retractors
 
Oxygen administration equipment Oxygen therapy delivery system products accessories or its supplies
 
Padgett dermatomes Surgical dermatomes or dermabraders or dermameshers or accessories
 
Patient controlled analgesia PCA pumps Patient controlled analgesia infusion pumps
 
Periosteotomes Periosteotomes
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Plastic surgery retractors Plastic surgery retractors
 
Portable surgical microscopes Surgical microscopes or loops or magnifiers or accessories
 
Portable x ray machines Medical x ray units for general diagnostic use
 
Protective eye shields Facial shields
 
Pulmonary artery catheters Diagnostic or interventional vascular catheters or sets
 
Pulse oximeters Pulse oximeter units
 
Pylorus clamps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Radiosurgical gamma knives Radiosurgical gamma knife units or scintillators
 
Rectal retractors Rectal retractors
 
Resectoscopes Resectoscopes
 
Rib spreaders Surgical spreaders
 
Rigid rake retractors Surgical rake retractors
 
Rigid ureteroscopes Cystourethroscopes
 
Robotic arms Surgical power equipment sets or accessories
 
Sequential compression devices Vascular sequential compression devices or tubing
 
Shea drills Surgical pneumatic or battery or electric saws or drills or pin drivers or accessories
 
Skeeter drills Surgical pneumatic or battery or electric saws or drills or pin drivers or accessories
 
Skin retractors Skin retractors
 
Skin staplers Staplers for skin closure
 
Splinter forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Sponge forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Spring clips Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Sterile drapes Surgical drapes
 
Sternal retractors Sternum retractors
 
Sternal saws Surgical pneumatic or battery or electric saws or drills or pin drivers or accessories
 
Stone extractors Surgical extractors
 
Strabismus scissors Surgical scissors
 
Subclavian lines Central venous catheters
 
Suction machines Surgical suction machines or vacuum extractors or ultrasonic surgical aspirators or regulators or accessories
 
Suction tips Surgical irrigation or suction handpieces or cannulas or cystotomes or tips or related products
 
Surgical aspirators Surgical suction machines or vacuum extractors or ultrasonic surgical aspirators or regulators or accessories
 
Surgical calipers Surgical calipers or rulers
 
Surgical clamps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Surgical curettes Surgical curettes or loops
 
Surgical dilators Surgical dilators or accessories
 
Surgical elevators Surgical elevators or levers
 
Surgical fiberoptic retractors Surgical lighted fiberoptic retractors
 
Surgical forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Surgical gloves Surgical gloves
 
Surgical hand drivers Surgical drivers or its parts or accessories
 
Surgical hand saws Surgical bone hand saws or wire saws or saw handles
 
Surgical irrigation sets Surgical irrigation sets or accessories
 
Surgical mallets Surgical hammers or mallets
 
Surgical masks Medical staff isolation or surgical masks
 
Surgical microscopes Surgical microscopes or loops or magnifiers or accessories
 
Surgical needle holders Surgical needle holders for general use
 
Surgical nerve stimulators Surgical nerve stimulators or accessories
 
Surgical nippers Surgical nippers
 
Surgical power drills Surgical pneumatic or battery or electric saws or drills or pin drivers or accessories
 
Surgical power saws Surgical pneumatic or battery or electric saws or drills or pin drivers or accessories
 
Surgical rasps Surgical rasps
 
Surgical retractors Surgical retractors for general use
 
Surgical robots Surgical power equipment sets or accessories
 
Surgical rulers Surgical calipers or rulers
 
Surgical scalpels Surgical scalpels or knives or blades or trephines or accessories
 
Surgical scissors Surgical scissors
 
Surgical specula Surgical specula
 
Surgical suture needles Suture needles
 
Surgical taps Surgical taps
 
Surgical tourniquets Surgical pneumatic or electric tourniquets or accessories
 
Surgical trocars Surgical trocars for general use or accessories
 
Suture forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Tactile probes Surgical probes or directors
 
Thoracic forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Thoracic retractors Cardiovascular or thoracic retractors
 
Thoracic scissors Surgical scissors
 
Thyroid forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Tissue forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Tissue retractors Tissue retractors
 
Tonsil scissors Surgical scissors
 
Towel clamps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Tracheal retractors Tracheal retractors
 
Tumor forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Ultrasonic lithotripters Surgical lithotripters or accessories
 
Urology retractors Surgical urology retractors or its accessories
 
Uterine forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Uterine retractors Uterine retractors
 
Uterine scissors Surgical scissors
 
Vascular clamps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Vascular clips Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Vascular occluders Surgical tourniquets or vascular occluders or ligators or accessories
 
Vein retractors Vein retractors
 
Vitrector sets Ophthalmic surgery instrument sets
 
Wells Johnson aspirators Surgical suction machines or vacuum extractors or ultrasonic surgical aspirators or regulators or accessories
 
Zimmer dermatomes Surgical dermatomes or dermabraders or dermameshers or accessories
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Physicians and Surgeons
Benchmark Title: Surgeons
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Post-Doctoral Training
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
On-the-Job Training None or short demonstration
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Physicians and Surgeons
Benchmark Title: Surgeons
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Brain Surgeon
Cardiac Surgeon
Cardiovascular Surgeon
Colon and Rectal Surgeon
Colorectal Surgeon
Cosmetic Surgeon
Dermatologist
Doctor
Eye Surgeon
General Surgeon
Hand Surgeon
Heart Doctor
Heart Surgeon
Medical Doctor (MD)
Neurological Surgeon
Neurosurgeon
Ophthalmologist
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Orthopedic Surgeon
Pediatric Surgeon
Physician
Physicians and Surgeons
Plastic Surgeon
Podiatric Foot and Ankle Specialist
Reconstructive Surgeon
Spinal Surgeon
Surgeon
Surgical Oncologist
Thoracic Surgeon
Transplant Surgeon
Transverse Abdominal Muscle Surgeon (TRAM Surgeon)
Trauma Doctor
Trauma Surgeon
Upper Extremity Surgeon
Urologist
Vascular Surgeon
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Physicians and Surgeons
Benchmark Title: Surgeons
 
 
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