Four spine surgeons discussed the skills that help spine surgeons become better caregivers.
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.
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Question: What is the most underrated skill for a spine surgeon?
Issada Thongtrangan, MD. Orthopedic Spine and Neurosurgeon at Minimally Invasive Spine (Phoenix):Listening and humility. There is a difference between ‘hearing’ and ‘listening.’ I have a deeper and better connection with patients when I am listening and trying to understand what they are telling me. I feel empathy for them, and I am not minimizing their problems or concerns, so they know that I care, and I will do my very best to help them.