#TDT Dr. Randy Tate…A Day in the Life of a Facial Plastic Surgeon!

By LaunchPad

“Strive to excel and be the top of your field at whatever interests you the most.”


1. What is your current job title and how did you decide on this career choice?

“I am a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon.

I feel like the job chose me. I was introduced to medicine at an early age and was aware that the profession would be both challenging and gratifying. I’ve always had an interest in science and animals which is why my family always assumed I’d be a veterinarian. During high school, I knew I wanted to be a physician, however, many medical students don’t always know until they are in college.”

2. What types of qualities are important for this career choice? (What do employers look for?)

“Medical schools look for aptitude, discipline, talent, and well-roundedness. For facial plastics specifically, programs look for delicate hands, and a discerning eye.”

3. What is a typical day or week in your position like?

“A typical day provides a mix of activities. Surgeries 2-3 x/week. Office consultations 2-3x/week. Injections of botox/fillers, laser procedures, skin cancer removals, facial fracture repairs, cosmetic procedures, skin lacerations/scarring.”

4. What areas of study would you suggest for kids interested in your field?

“Areas of studies recommended: math, science, art, language. Many times, medical students that are chosen for presitigious schools have a degree in something other than science. Medical schools look for well-rounded, bright students who are good with people.”

5. What is one piece of advice you would give to someone interested in your field?

“Strive to excel and be the top of your field at whatever interests you the most.”

6.What is one myth buster you would like to share about your field?

“Myth buster: Facial plastics is not only ‘cosmetic’.”

7. Did you take a linear path to get here? If not, what were some pivotal points that changed your direction?

“In general it is a fairly linear path to this profession. I knew many medical students who took time off before entering medical school and residency to travel or just take a break. There were also a few students that had families or started medical school much later in life.”

8. What personal qualities have helped you succeed in your career?

“Personal qualities that helped me: competitiveness, and discipline.”

9. What do you most enjoy about your career?

“Most enjoyable part of career is the happiness and joy that I can bring to patients by improving on appearance or preventing disfigurement.”

10. What kind of work experience as a student would be the most beneficial for this career?

“Work experience recommended:

1. Volunteer at a hospital,

2. Volunteer as a medical aid personnel.

3. Community service”

11. What education or training is required, if any, to reach your position?

“Education required: 14 years post high school: Bachelors degree (4 years), Medical school (4 years), Otolaryngology/Head and neck surgery residency (5 years), Specialized Fellowship (1 year)”

12. If you weren’t in this career field, what other career would you be interested in? and why?

“Other career interests: Professional soccer, International business, Law. Love to travel. Love a great debate.”