Can one person make a difference? You bet — if you become a general surgeon. “You can correct serious conditions, reduce or eliminate pain, or increase the chance to live a long, quality life,” says Anthony A. Meyer, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chair of the department of surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, N.C.
While surgical subspecialties are increasingly popular, there’s an aspect of practice that primarily distinguishes general surgery from surgical subspecialties: the diversity of cases. “I like the combination and breadth of activities: cancer, trauma, abdominal, vascular, and extremity cases as well as the immediacy and acuteness of problems and the need for intervention,” Dr. Meyer says. Read more