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. Dr. Kube is interviewed by Becker’s Spine for his expert opinion, which can be seen below.
Question: How can surgeons ensure they continue to grow professionally over the course of their careers?
Richard Kube, MD. Founder and CEO of Prairie Spine & Pain Institute (Peoria, Ill.): Avoid complacency. Most physicians are competitive on some level. Keep that competitive fire alive by raising your own bar. I feel that by competing with myself and raising the bar with matters involving life, including medicine, causes me to ask questions. The process of answering questions about myself and my staff helps me to find areas that can be improved, and then we take measures to improve those areas. Always strive for that next mark maintains interest, thirst for knowledge and a desire to take action upon your findings.