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Training Prerequisites

Training Prerequisites

A career in cosmetic surgery can be quite rewarding, but it can also be very demanding and challenging. It requires a great deal of commitment, patience, discipline and compassion. A positive outlook and a desire to do well also matters. Prior to enrolling in Dr Beldholm’s 12-month training program, specialist general surgeons should possess the following qualities:

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A real, genuine passion for learning about cosmetic surgery and a willingness to spend the required amount of time and effort to acquire the necessary skills.

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A desire to truly help patients reach their cosmetic goals. Money alone should not be the sole reason you go into this field. If it is, then this is likely not a suitable career for you.

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A genuine desire to provide a great service to each client. Treat your patients the way you’d want another surgeon to treat your mother, daughter or best friend.

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An ability to have a positive attitude and inspire confidence in others (not just patients). When this is lacking, low morale can spread like a wildfire, and patients will be able to easily sense it. Creating an inviting environment for both clients and employees is so important.

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Excellent hand and eye coordination as well as strong visuo-spatial awareness. When performing cosmetic surgery, precision is crucial. Remember, the patient is putting his or her life in your hands.

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The ability to lead and manage a team effectively. After all, you are the “captain of the ship.” If your crew (staff) can’t look to you to manage effectively, your ship (practice) will sink eventually.

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The physical and mental stamina to deal with the demands of the job. A career in cosmetic surgery requires long hours, a great deal of patience, good organisational skills, time management, a strong understanding of rules and procedures, etc.

For specialist general surgeons who possess the qualities listed above and a strong medical background, their surgical skills will continue to progress as they learn the necessary techniques to perform cosmetic surgery comfortably and confidently inside the operating room.