Given that the median starting salary for orthopedic surgeons is around 300k, I was wondering if becoming an ortho surgeon was worth it financially in respects to paying off student loans and other debt aquired in residency/med school. I'm looking for answers from orthopedic surgeons who have been working for 10+ years post-residency. Also, how hard would you say your entire "student" career was, including getting into the field of ortho? Was it difficult? Extremely competitive? Etc.