A surgicalist is a surgeon, trained like any other surgeon with the same specialty. The difference lies in where and how they practice. Surgicalists work only within a hospital and their practice centers on emergent/urgent care of patients, with no other patients outside of the ER. This allows for dedicated scheduling, and at a surgicalist-staffed hospital, there is always a surgicalist available to take emergent/urgent surgery cases. This translates to shorter wait times for patients, and better post-operation results. It’s simple: surgicalists are the newer, better way to provide emergency surgery to patients in need.