Surgeon Resume Keywords and Skills (Hard Skills)

Here are the keywords and skills that appear most frequently on recent Surgeon job postings. In other words, these are the most sought after skills by recruiters and hiring managers. Go to Sample Templates ↓ below to see how to include them on your resume.

Remember that every job is different. Instead of including all keywords on your resume, identify those that are most relevant to the job you're applying to. Use the free Targeted Resume tool to help with this.

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  • Healthcare
  • Hospitals
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  • Public Health
  • General Surgery
  • Clinical Trials
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Dentistry
  • Cancer
  • Healthcare Information Technology (HIT)
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Resume Skills: Surgical

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Resume Skills: Software

Resume Skills: Languages

Resume Skills: Surgical Techniques

  • Brain Aneurysm Surgery
  • Spinal Surgery
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Surgery
  • Cerebrovascular Surgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Oncological Neurosurgery
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Sample Surgeon Resume Examples: How To Include These Skills

Add keywords directly into your resume's work experiences, education or Skills section, like we've shown in the examples below. Use the examples below as inspiration.

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Your Name
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Mayo Clinic January 2020 - Present
General Surgeon
Performed over 500 successful operations with a 94% patient satisfaction rate, applying my deep knowledge of general surgery
Initiated a new protocol for pre-surgery briefings that reduced miscommunication by 70%
Led a team of 15 clinical practitioners in delivering coherent health services employing aspects of healthcare management
Managed the department's involvement in 10 clinical trials, pioneering in the use of new surgical techniques to improve patient outcomes
Conducted several training sessions and workshops on laparoscopic surgery gaining recognition for medical education.
Johns Hopkins Hospital July 2017 - December 2019
Resident Surgeon
Assisted in over 1,000 surgeries and effectively contributed to perform surgeries in an efficient and timely manner
Collaborated on cancer-related surgeries and treatments contributing to the oncology department
Participated in the implementation of a clinical research study about post-operative complications, providing valuable insights January 2015 - June 2017
Managed patient care for a roster of over 500 individuals, focusing on preventive healthcare
Exhibited proficiency in emergency medicine by effectively managing numerous high-stress situations
Worked in the multi-disciplinary team, contributing to internal medicine solutions
Resume Worded Institute July 2017 - December 2019
Fellowship in General Surgery
Specialized in advanced non-invasive surgery methodologies
Awarded 'Best Resident Surgeon' in 2019
Resume Worded University August 2010 - June 2014
Doctor of Medicine
Magna Cum Laude
Class Representative and Student Council Member for 2 consecutive years
Surgical Skills: Laparoscopic Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Pediatric Surgery
Technical Skills: Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Basic Life Support (BLS), Patient Assessment
Software Skills: EPIC Systems (Proficient), NextGen Healthcare (Proficient), AdvancedMD (Advanced)
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Conversational), German (Conversational)
Certifications: American Board of Surgery Certification (2020), Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Certification
Awards: Johns Hopkins Hospital 'Best Resident Surgeon' (2019), American Medical Association 'Young Medical Achiever' (2016)
Research & Publications: Published 5+ research papers in top-tier medical journals
Volunteering: Provided free-of-cost healthcare services in rural areas through Doctors Without Borders
Your Name
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center April 2018 - Present
Oncology Surgeon
Executed successful surgical procedures for 30 late-stage cancer patients, improving their condition significantly
Applied leading advancements in healthcare information technology (HIT) to improve patient records management
Reduced surgical complications by 40% by introducing innovative techniques in cancer surgery
Provided medical education to junior surgeons and contributed to their clinical research projects
Led cancer clinical trials, resulting in advanced patient care plans
Served on the hospital's Quality Improvement Committee to enhance patient safety measures
Resume Worded July 2015 - March 2018
Resident Oncologist
Part of a team that successfully developed a new protocol for cancer diagnosis, increasing early detection rates by ~25%
Managed a variety of surgical procedures, displaying proficiency in oral surgery
Implemented timely and effective oncology treatment plans based on patients’ pathology reports
Led the organization of public health awareness campaigns, ideally reaching an approximate of 1,000 individuals in the community
Mount Sinai Hospital January 2012 - June 2015
Medical Officer
Handled average of 50 patient consultations daily while delivering acute care
Developed proficiency in emergency medicine, handling various critical cases effectively
Promoted a culture of patient safety by implementing training sessions and safety protocols for staff members
Resume Worded University April 2015
Doctorate in Medicine - Oncology
Doctorate thesis on 'Evolving Treatments in Oncology'
Resume Worded Institute May 2012
Bachelor of Science - Biology
Focus on Genetic Engineering and Cellular Biology
Award: Dean's List 2010 and 2011 (Top 5% of class)
Certifications: Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
Membership: American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), American Board of Surgery (ABS)
Publications: Co-authored 3 articles published in 'Journal of Clinical Oncology'
Volunteering: Doctors Without Borders - Providing consultation and occasional field support to underprivileged communities
Your Name
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded September 2019 - Present
Neurosurgery Specialist
Performing 50+ brain and spinal surgeries monthly, maintaining an exceptional success rate of 97%
Introduced innovative techniques in neurosurgery that enhanced patient recovery time by 30%
Promoted the use of medical devices to enhance surgical precision, contributing to higher success rates
Participated and presented in 10+ Medical Education forums to discuss recent advancements in neurosurgery
Contributed to internal medicine by suggesting improvements in diagnosis and treatment plans based on neurologic conditions May 2016 - August 2019
Neurology Resident
Assisted in a variety of neurosurgeries, gaining hands-on experience
Published 5+ papers in clinical research, specifically focused on the management of severe head injuries
Introduced procedural skill checks which reduced the error rate by 20%
Massachusetts General Hospital January 2015 - April 2016
Medical Intern
Acquired a broad range of clinical skills and exposed to various medical scenarios
Recognized for attention to patient safety, preventing cross-contamination incidents
Assisted in outpatient clinics, delivering high-quality service to patients and receiving positive feedback from senior staff members
Resume Worded University July 2014
Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Specialty in Neurology
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Resume Worded Institute May 2010
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Minors in Neuroscience and Anatomy
Awards: Dean's List 2009-2010
Surgical Techniques: Brain Aneurysm Surgery, Spinal Surgery, Traumatic Brain Injury Surgery, Cerebrovascular Surgery, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Oncological Neurosurgery
Medical Tools and Software: Neurology EMR software, Brainlab Neurosurgery, DICOM Imaging Software, Medtronic StealthStation, Stryker Surgical Navigation, Mizuho Osteotomy
Certifications: American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS) Certification (2019)
Publications & Presentations: Multiple publications on spinal tumors in peer-reviewed medical journals, Presented research findings at 3 international neurology conferences
Professional Associations: Active member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.
Continuing Education: Attended 'Advanced Neurosurgical Techniques' seminar, Harvard Medical School, 2020
Your Name
Plastic Surgeon
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
EXPERIENCE January 2020 - Present
Chief Plastic Surgeon
Directed Clinical Research for reconstructive and aesthetic treatments, increasing successful outcomes by 30%
Executed advanced surgical procedures such as Rhinoplasty and Facelifts, reducing recovery time by 15%
Guided and supervised a team of 10 surgeons, ensuring top-notch medical aid and increasing patient satisfaction to 98%
Resume Worded June 2016 - December 2019
Senior Plastic Surgeon
Spearheaded liposuction and body contouring surgeries, enhancing patient's body image and boosting confidence
Led the Healthcare Management team to streamline patient databases, improving efficiency by 40%
Delivered educational sessions on Aesthetic procedures for medical interns, enhancing the department’s Surgical proficiency
Resume Worded Academic Center June 2016
Master of Surgery in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Focused on aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery
Resume Worded University May 2012
Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Top 10% of class
Inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
Surgical Proficiency: Rhinoplasty, Breast Augmentation, Liposuction, Body Contouring, Facelift, Eyelid Surgery
Technical Skills: Incision Techniques, Skin Grafting, Wound Management, Post-operative Care, Patient Consultations
Medical Software: EPIC Systems, NextGen Healthcare, Meditech, Cerner Millennium, AdvancedMD, Allscripts
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Fluent), French (Conversational)
Certifications: Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certification
Awards: Winner, Best Surgical Skills Award, Resume Worded Medical Association, 2019
Leadership & Volunteering: Connections for Kids (Board Member, Actively involved in policy planning and fund raising)
Conferences & Workshops: Regular participant at the annual American Society of Plastic Surgeons' conference
Your Name
Reconstructive Surgeon
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Mayo Clinic May 2021 - Present
Lead Reconstructive Surgeon
Pioneered a new breast surgery technique, resulting in a 50% decrease in post-operative complications
Successfully conducted a series of complex tummy tucks, cutting down procedure time by 20%
Trained a team of junior surgeons in advanced Surgical techniques, elevating the department’s success rate to 95%
Resume Worded March 2018 - April 2021
Reconstructive Surgeon
Led clinical research studies on Botox Cosmetic applications, resulting in a 35% increase in successful outcomes
Implemented latest facial plastic and reconstructive surgery methodologies, increasing patient satisfaction by 25%
Assisted in managing healthcare resources, optimizing resource utilization by 30%
Resume Worded Institute March 2021
Certification in Advanced Microsurgery
Completed 200 hours of Applied Training
Resume Worded University May 2018
Doctor of Medicine (MD) - Surgery
Focused on: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Medical: Reconstructive Surgery, Microsurgical techniques, Flap surgery, Skin grafts
Technical: Medical Imaging Software, Electronic Health Records (EHR), CAD/CAM Systems, 3D Printing
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Fluent), German (Conversational)
Certifications: Board Certified in Plastic Surgery (2020)
Publications: Co-author of 5 published articles on Reconstructive Surgery in peer-reviewed journals
Volunteering: Provided free reconstructive surgeries for burn victims under Doctors Without Borders
Continuing Education: Regular attendee of National and International Surgery Conferences and Workshops
Your Name
Aesthetics Consultant
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
EXPERIENCE March 2019 - Present
Senior Aesthetics Consultant
Advised on aesthetic treatment plans, reducing surgical requirements by 20%
Conducted knowledge sharing sessions on latest filler techniques in medical education programs, fostering skills enhancement
Managed client expectations and guided them through liposuction and body contouring procedures, assuring a 98% satisfaction rate
Cleveland Clinic June 2015 - February 2019
Aesthetic Surgeon
Performed advanced blepharoplasty and facelift surgeries, reducing patient recovery time by 25%
Oriented medical interns on medicine best practices in relation to aesthetics, enhancing overall competency level in the department
Directly liaised with hospitals to ensure cohesive care for hospitalized surgery patients, resulting in a reduction in post-surgical complications by 15%
Resume Worded Institute May 2015
Master's in Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design
Developed project on Introducing Green Formulations in Skincare
Resume Worded University June 2010
Bachelor of Science - Biology
Specialization in Anatomy and Physiology
Recipient of the ‘Best Student’ award, 2010
Cosmetic Procedures: Chemical Peels, Botox and Fillers, Laser Resurfacing, Microdermabrasion, Liposuction
Dermatology Software: MD-Reports, Dermatologist Profiler, eDerm, PatientPad
Medical Tools: Cryosurgery equipment, Biopsy tools, Dermatoscopy, Electrodessication and curettage equipment, Laser machines
Certifications: Certification in Cosmetic Dermatology, American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (2019)
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Fluent)
Workshops and Seminars: Speaker at the Annual Aesthetic Conference, 2020 | Introduction to Aesthetics, a self-hosted online seminar
Publications: Co-authored 'Surgical and Non-Surgical Aesthetics – A Comparative Study', published in the Journal of Aesthetic Medicine, 2018
Your Name
Professor Of Surgery
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Johns Hopkins University January 2018 - Present
Professor of Surgery
Pioneered an innovative laparoscopic surgery curriculum, improving medical student's operating room efficiency by 30%.
Led a cross-functional team of 10 to implement a transformative electronic medical record (EMR) system which alleviated administrative burdens and increased patient safety.
Advanced healthcare management efforts by allocating resources toward high yield research projects, resulting in a 20% increase in grant funding.
Directed numerous clinical trials to investigate the feasibility of novel cancer treatments, resulting in two patents and three published articles.
Developed a rigorous medical education program to improve surgical competency among residents, reducing procedure complications by 15%. March 2013 - December 2017
Director of Surgical Education
Instructed over 500 medical students and residents on advanced surgical techniques and patient safety protocols.
Increased graduation rates by 10% through implementation of a competency-based curriculum emphasizing on minimally invasive procedures.
Published 15 medical research articles in influential surgical journals advancing understanding in the field of general surgery.
Central Hospital February 2008 - February 2013
Performed an average of 250 successful surgeries per year, establishing a reputation for exceptional patient outcomes.
Pioneered use of a new surgical technique reducing patient recovery time by 30%.
Ranked in the top 10% of surgeons by patient satisfaction survey results for three consecutive years.
Resume Worded Academic Center December 2012
Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Surgery
Specialization in minimally invasive surgical methods
Resume Worded University May 2007
Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Winner of the Distinguished Medical Student Award
Medical & Surgical: General Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Neurological Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Endoscopic Surgery
Technological: Electronic Medical Records (EMR), Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS), Computer Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Ultrasound (US)
Research Tools: PubMed, Medline, Embase, Cochrane Library, EndNote, SPSS, STATA
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Conversational), German (Basic)
Awards & Honors: Best Teaching Faculty Award (Johns Hopkins University, 2019), Surgeon of the Year (Central Hospital, 2012)
Professional Memberships: Member, American College of Surgeons; Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
Publications: Over 20 publications in peer-reviewed medical journals
Certifications: Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), Basic Life Support (BLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
Your Name
Associate Professor of Surgery
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Harvard University February 2017 - Present
Associate Professor of Surgery
Redesigned the clinical trials course, improving student understanding of research methodologies by 20%.
Promoted the partnership with public health agencies, resulting in a 25% improvement in community outreach initiatives.
Led the implementation of an advanced healthcare information technology (HIT) system that streamlined patient record access and improved productivity.
Improved the pediatric surgery residency program curriculum by incorporating real-world case studies, increasing resident readiness on graduation by 15%.
Participated in a comprehensive cancer research project which led to five new treatment strategies being identified.
Resume Worded July 2010 - January 2017
Head of Internal Medicine
Coordinated a team of 30 physicians providing quality healthcare for over 2000 patients.
Promoted preventive medicine initiatives, reducing hospital readmission rates by 15%.
Increased access to healthcare for underprivileged communities through the development of a mobile healthcare service.
Mayo Clinic May 2005 - June 2010
Resident Doctor
Managed high volume of patient cases efficiently, outperforming peers in case management by 20%.
Pioneered a collaborative interdisciplinary patient care approach, improving patient satisfaction scores by 25%.
Resume Worded University May 2003
Master’s in Surgical Sciences
Distinction on Dissertation: New Approaches to Abdominal Surgery
Resume Worded University June 2001
Doctor of Medicine
Ranked top 5% in class
Internship experience in General Surgery and Accident & Emergency
Clinical Skills: Laparoscopic Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Acute Care, Patient Safety, Thoracic Surgery
Technical Tools: Electronic Medical Records (EMR), Suturing, Surgical Instruments, Intubation, Surgical Navigation Systems, Laparoscopic Systems
Research: Research Design, Data Analysis, Clinical Trials, Scientific Writing, Peer Reviews, Medical Statistics
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Conversational), French (Conversational)
Certifications: Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Certification, Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ)
Professional Memberships: Member, American College of Surgeons; Member, European Society of Cardiology
Leadership & Volunteering: Chair, Resume Worded University Research Committee; Volunteer Surgeon, Doctors without Borders
Awards & Recognition: ‘The 30 Most Influential Professors in Medical Education’ - The Resume Worded Magazine
Your Name
Assistant Professor of Surgery
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Yale University March 2016 - Present
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Created an interactive online forum that increased student engagement in medical education by 40%.
Headed a significant clinical research initiative studying the effects of different minimally invasive procedures, resulting in a 20% decrease in patient recovery times.
Increased university's hospital's surgeries by 50% through streamlined operating theatre operations.
Bridged the gap between clinical practice and academic research through implementing a mentorship programme that facilitated student participation in medical research.
Led a team that developed a novel surgical procedure, reducing recovery time for patients by 25%.
Medical Center June 2010 - February 2016
Lead Laparoscopic Surgeon
Operated laparoscopic surgeries with a 95% success rate, surpassing the national average.
Incorporated the use of cutting-edge technologies for minimally invasive surgeries, reducing patient recovery time by 30%.
Mentored junior surgeons and improved their surgical skills by 20% through rigorous training and evaluation.
Cleveland Clinic January 2005 - May 2010
Medical Resident
Led a team of junior doctors providing care for a diverse range of patients under supervision.
Developed clinical skills in surgery, reducing complication rates by 15%.
Resume Worded University May 2004
Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Awards: summa cum laude (graduated top 5% of the class)
Specialized in General Surgery
Resume Worded Academic Center May 2000
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Minor in Chemistry
Surgical Skills: General Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Endoscopic Surgery, Robotic-Assisted Surgery, Trauma Surgery
Medical Software Proficiency: Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), Clinical Works, Epic Systems, Meditech
Research & Teaching: Medical Research, Clinical Trials, Lecturing, Supervisory Skills, Medical Curriculum Development
Technical Skills: Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), SPSS
Certifications: Board Certified in General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery (2011)
Awards & Achievements: Yale University Teaching Excellence Award (2018), Best Laparoscopic Surgeon at Medical Center (2014)
Continued Education: Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Certification (ongoing)
Publications: Authored over 20 articles in internationally recognized medical journals

How do I add skills to a Surgeon resume?

Review the job posting closely.

Go through the Surgeon posting you're applying to, and identify hard skills the company is looking for. For example, skills like Hospitals, Surgery and Medicine are possible skills. These are skills you should try to include on your resume.

Add industry skills like Clinical Research and Public Health.

Add other common skills from your industry - such as Healthcare Management, Healthcare and Medical Education - into your resume if they're relevant.

Add skills into your work experience.

Incorporate skills - like Medical Devices, Oncology and Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) - into your work experience too. This shows hiring managers that you have practical experience with these tools, techniques and skills.

Use the exact job title.

Try to add the exact job title, Surgeon, somewhere into your resume to get past resume screeners. See the infographic for how to do this.

Word Cloud for Surgeon Skills & Keywords

The following word cloud highlights the most popular keywords that appear on Surgeon job descriptions. The bigger the word, the more frequently it shows up on employer's job postings. If you have experience with these keywords, include them on your resume.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What skills should you put on a Surgeon resume?

Some effective Surgeon skills you can add to your resume include:

  • Surgery
  • Medicine
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitals
  • Clinical Research
  • Healthcare Management
  • Medical Education
  • Public Health

What are the differences in resume skills between an Orthopaedic Surgeon and a Dental Surgeon?

If you are writing an Orthopaedic Surgeon resume, try to emphasize skills like Orthopedic Surgery, Surgery, Medicine, Knee, Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Medical Education and Hospitals.

Similarly, if you are writing a Dental Surgeon resume, emphasize skills like Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry, Oral Surgery, Endodontics, Teeth Whitening, Periodontics and Dentures.

What are good resume skills to include for different Surgeon roles and job titles?

Depending on the specific role you apply to, you may need to emphasize different skill sets. Here are a few examples:

  • Plastic Surgeon: Plastic Surgery, Surgery, Reconstructive Surgery, Facelift and Liposuction
  • Dental Surgeon: Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry, Oral Surgery and Endodontics
  • Orthopaedic Surgeon: Orthopedic Surgery, Medicine, Knee, Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy
  • Neurosurgeon: Neurosurgery, Medical Education, Spine, Brain Tumors and Clinical Research

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