NASS Insider


May 03, 2022


Drs. Tobias Mattei, Samuel Joseph, and David Gendelberg Author “If I Knew Then…” Articles for Residents & Fellows


Residents and fellows are the fastest growing segment of the North American Spine Society (NASS) membership. With this in mind, the NASS Board of Directors recently approved new resources and initiatives to meet the needs of this important group and a Resources for Residents and Fellows page has been added to the NASS website.

Featured Residents & Fellows Resource:
If I Knew Then What I Know Now Articles

Written by past SpineLine 20 Under 40 award winners, If I Knew Then What I Know Now articles are short essays on advice that they would give to current residents and fellows. With an overwhelming amount of responsibility on the plate of young physicians, the advice is intended to give residents and fellows some helpful pointers and tips to follow as they near the end of their training and embark on their professional career.

The third article in this series was authored by 2018 20 Under 40 winner Tobias Mattei, MD, a neurosurgeon at St. Louis University. In the article, Dr. Mattei provides “A Primer in Contract Negotiation for Young Spine Surgeons.”

Orthopedic surgeon, Samuel Joseph, MD from Joseph Spine Institute in Tampa, FL, also a 2018 20 Under 40 winner, authors the fourth article in the series. In his article, Dr. Joseph includes advice such as “When you begin trying to find a job, I think the most important thing is understanding where you see yourself in 10 years, not 2. As an orthopaedic surgeon you need to decide if want to continue to do general orthopaedics or limit yourself to spin.” And “something I learned after both accepting contracts and presenting them to incoming surgeons, is that the key is to make sure both sides are committed and have skin in the game. A one-sided contract is not ideal for anyone.”

The most recent article in the series was written by David Gendelberg, MD, an orthopedic surgeon from the University of California-San Francisco. Dr. Gendelberg was a 2019 20 Under 40 Winner and focuses his article on deciding what technology and techniques to use following training.

Additional articles in this series will be added to the NASS website throughout the year. To view the articles currently available, click here.
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