Clearly, the ideal physician candidate is a high-quality surgeon who can demonstrate both good patient outcomes and a safe decision-making approach. However, strong clinical abilities are not the only requirement for a successful trauma surgeon.
By nature, trauma surgery calls for strong leadership skills. Successful trauma surgeons have the ability to both inspire and orchestrate a trauma team. They are level-headed and have a treatment vision that drives patient care. Above all, they are respected by everyone they come in contact with, and they understand that a raised voice is only effective when used sparingly.
Good trauma surgeons are also team players. Look for candidates who are willing to take part in referral recruiting activities, such as giving clinical presentations to paramedics. Certification as an ATLS instructor is also a good sign, since it shows a candidate’s commitment to the overall trauma system.