General surgery


General surgery is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.

Alternative labels

lower gastrointestinal surgery
general surgery specialty
upper gastrointestinal
transplant surgery
endocrine surgery
breast surgery

Skill type


Skill reusability level


Relationships with occupations

Essential knowledge

General surgery is an essential knowledge of the following occupations:

Optional knowledge

General surgery is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this knowledge may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.

Medicine lecturer: Medicine lecturers are subject professors, teachers, or lecturers, and often doctors who instruct students who have obtained an upper secondary education diploma in their own specialised field of study, medicine, which is predominantly academic in nature. They work with their university research assistants and university teaching assistants for the preparation of lectures and of exams, for grading papers and exams, for leading laboratory practices, and for leading review and feedback sessions for the students. They also conduct academic research in their respective field of medicine, publish their findings and liaise with other university colleagues.
Specialised doctor: Specialised doctors prevent, diagnose and treat diseases depending on their medical or surgical specialty.




  1. General surgery – ESCO


Last updated on September 20, 2022