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After training, the average general surgeon works 50-60 hours per week (not including time available for call). Depending on the practice situation chosen, you can be on call as much as all the time (if in private solo practice) to once a week (if in a large group practice).

All doctors practicing in the United States receive a similar education, whether they attend medical college and become an M.D., or an osteopathic college and become a D.O.. ... Those who perform little or no surgery are simply referred to as physicians. All surgeons are physicians, but not all physicians are surgeons.

Pay by Region. General surgeons practicing in the Great Lakes region reported the highest average salary in 2011, $297,000. Those practicing in California and Hawaii earned a close second, averaging $295,000, and those in the Southwestern states earned a relatively high average salary of $285,000 per year.

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