NASS On Spine

April 04, 2018

Q&A With Gordon Preston, DO

1. What is your hometown and where do you currently live?

My hometown is Cleveland, Ohio. I am currently living in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

2. What is your educational background?

I attended Miami University of Ohio for my undergraduate education. For medical school, I attended Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. I am currently in my third year of orthopedic surgery residency at Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls.

3. What has been the most valuable learning experience you’ve had in your residency program?

The most valuable learning experience I’ve had in residency has been my time taking spine trauma call at a level I trauma center. Level I spine trauma call gives you the opportunity to see a variety of injuries and presentations, while learning management strategies in unstable patients and valuable surgical skills.

4. What prompted you to join NASS?

I joined NASS because I wanted get more involved in the field of spine as well as gain valuable knowledge and mentorship from more experienced spine surgeons.

5. How has joining a committee during your training/first year in the society benefited your membership?

Joining a committee during residency has benefited my membership by allowing me to interact with spine surgeons from around the country on a monthly basis. I have been able to take part in conference calls and meetings where I have the ability to share my ideas and see how committees work inside NASS.

6. Why is it important to be an active participant in societies you join?

It is important to be an active participant in the societies I join because it allows me to get the most out of the society. Being active gives me the opportunity to interact with other professionals who I might not meet under normal circumstances. It also gives me new learning opportunities to see new techniques and innovations.

7. As a young physician, what advice would you give to medical students?

The advice that I would give medical students is to stay motivated and stay active. It is very important to take every clinical rotation seriously. You can always learn something new on a rotation, even if it is not in your desired field.

8. Social media is very prevalent every day in our world. Do you use social media at all professionally and if so, which platforms do you prefer?

I do not currently use social media professionally. I do intend on using it once I become a practicing physician. It is important to market yourself, so that you can reach as many potential patients as possible. Today’s patients are educated and research everything they can online. A practicing physician needs to make sure that their online presence is a positive one, through various social media platforms and websites.

9. What is your opinion of the way the health care industry is currently covered in the media?

I believe that the media does a good job reporting on the health care industry. They report on many issues that are pressing to patients and allows physicians to see issues from our patient’s perspectives.

10. What are your plans after residency, fellowship or going into practice?

Once I am done with residency, I am planning on attending a spine surgery fellowship. I apply to fellowship in this upcoming year. After fellowship, I plan on returning to Cleveland, where I would prefer to work for a hospital system, preferably taking level I trauma call while building my patient base.
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