Dating a surgical resident
It is no longer safe to assume that a person in scrubs, or even a lab coat, is a surgeon.
It can be very confusing to keep all of the different types of doctors straight, and even more confusing when it seems like everyone in the hospital is wearing scrubs of in a rainbow of colors.
To be clear, after a general surgery residency a physician is fully qualified to perform general surgery independently.
A surgical attending, for example, performs surgery as part of their job.Attending may have additional titles that indicate their role in the education of physicians.They may have the title of professor, associate professor or could potentially be a Dean at a medical school.As an attending, they may have interns, residents, or fellows in the operating room with them, educating them on how to perform surgery.They may also provide lecture style education, and often include physicians in training when they round on patients, which is when physicians check on their patients daily.
Residents typically wear longer coats and attendings wear a full-length coat.