Featured Physician Q&A with Mark A. Beckner, M.D. | Spine Specialist
As a native Central Floridian, Dr. Mark Beckner knew Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic well. Growing up, it was the clinic he would go to when he had orthopaedic problems, so it was no surprise that eventually he would come back to what he calls “the best orthopaedic group in Orlando.”
After attending medical school and finishing his residency and fellowship, Dr. Beckner practiced in a few other clinics before deciding that Jewett was where he would much rather be. The caliber and quality of the physicians, along with its long-standing history, made it a much more desirable group. Now after being here more than 15 years, he has not regretted his decision and continually looks forward to being able to help patients and return them to a pain-free life.
Along with working at Jewett, Dr. Beckner also travels to different countries and teaches minimally-invasive spinal techniques.
How did you start teaching as a surgeon?
“When I was early on in my practice I was approached by one of the companies who manufactures spinal implants, and as I was adopting things fairly early and was perhaps ahead of the curve, more competent in some of these things, they look for those physicians to try and train other physicians in those same techniques. And they asked me to teach in [sponsored] courses.”
What is it about teaching that you like?
“It reinforces your own skills: you have to know what you’re doing and be competent at it, better than the people you’re teaching and better than the average person out there. Secondly, it takes a certain skill to be able to train another physician. I enjoy developing that skill to try and transfer to somebody the knowledge and skills I have so that when they go back and try and do this they won’t have the struggles that I had. Also, you get to meet other physicians, and many times I learned things from the physicians who are the other teachers, as well as the physicians who you are training; almost every course I go to I get some education from the people I’m teaching, so it makes me a better when I come back here for my own patients.”
What has been one of your favorite courses?
“Oh well each course is different. I think the most enjoyable, as I look back on it, was the course I did in Amman, Jordan. We had two days of surgery—we had five surgeries, from simple to difficult. And I felt like I had taken a surgeon who had minimal skills on this technique, and made him completely competent by the end. At first I was doing most of the case, and then at the end I was just standing there watching him do it. And you really feel like you have trained somebody.”
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