NASS Insider


April 27, 2021


Drs. Richard Menger & Jared Ament Author the First “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 new 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 first article in the series was authored by 2019 20 Under 40 award winner, Richard Menger, MD, a neurosurgeon at the University of South Alabama. In the article, Dr. Menger includes advice such as “You need to be a leader that maximizes everyone’s potential around you or you won’t maximize your own potential” and “If you rationalize failure or complications, you give them power as you shield yourself from your responsibility and your learning moment.”

Neurosurgeon, Jared Ament, MD, MPH from the Neurosurgery & Spine Group in West Hills, CA, a 2018 20 Under 40 award winner, is the author of the second article in the series. In the article, he lists 19 “I wish I knew then… statements including “I wish I knew then the enormity of the risk our Attendings took each time we were in the OR” and “I wish I knew then the different dynamics and opportunities for different practice paradigms.”

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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