Three spine surgeons discuss the skills they require in the medical professionals they hire.
Ask Spine Surgeons is a weekly series of questions posed to spine surgeons around the country about clinical, business and policy issues affecting spine care. We invite all spine surgeon and specialist responses.
Next week’s question: What do you think is currently the biggest obstacle facing spine providers in the modern landscape?
Question: What are the key skills you look for when selecting physician extenders, such as physician assistants or nurse practitioners?
Issada Thongtrangan, MD. Orthopedic Spine and Neurosurgeon at Minimally Invasive Spine (Phoenix): Of course, the candidate’s education, training and clinical skills are important, but there are several aspects that will make them stand out among others.