Surgeon: Main Duties and Responsibilities (00:14)
Mark Blucher is a doctor specializing in heart and lung surgery.
Surgeon: Career Beginnings (02:06)
Blucher knew he wanted to be a doctor. He went to medical school and joined a surgical training program, where he focused on heart surgery.
Surgeon: Keys for Success (00:59)
Blucher says you have to be driven and dedicated to pursue medicine. Surgery also requires technical skills.
Surgeon: Education and Certification Requirements (02:10)
Blucher recommends high school and college students to focus on the sciences, but also take advantage of other courses for a broader education before medical school.
Surgeon: Workplace Atmosphere (01:26)
Medical workplaces vary, depending on specialization. As a surgeon, Blucher works at a hospital—an environment he describes as a roller coaster. He is close to his coworkers, due to high stress situations.
Surgeon: Advice for Aspiring Pros (01:38)
Blucher recommends young people pursuing medicine to learn about their options before specializing. The field ranges from research to emergency care.
Surgeon: A Day on the Job (01:26)
Blucher explains that his schedule varies. He works 10 to 14 hours a day and spends most days in the operating room. He enjoys making an impact on people's lives.
Surgeon: Industry Rewards (01:48)
Blucher enjoys the problem solving aspects of his field. The most difficult part of surgery is when it doesn't help patients, but he finds the human component of medicine rewarding.
Surgeon: Industry Challenges (01:45)
Blucher discusses the physical, emotional, and psychological strain of surgery. Changing administrative rules and regulations are challenging.
Looking at the Future (01:49)
Blucher believes there will be fewer doctors specializing in cardiac surgery due to its demanding nature, but he suspects that basic techniques won't change much.
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