Nov. 17, 2022

Mentoring Orthopedic Surgeons with Louis Kwong

The road to becoming an orthopedic surgeon is long and challenging. It requires a unique combination of clinical knowledge and surgical skill acquired through years of education and specialized training. For these reasons, having a mentor who can provide training, support, and networks within the healthcare industry is essential to becoming a successful surgeon.

In this episode, Brad and Kameron talk with Louis Kwong, Professor of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Coach and mentor for resident orthopedic surgeons and medical students, Louis talks about how he trains surgeons to grow in their personal, professional, and clinical lives. Also, he speaks about what motivates him to coach other physicians, how he became a mentor for medical device designers, and what advice he gives junior surgeons.

Key Takeaways

  • [02:12] - An overview of Louis Kwong's professional and personal background.
  • [03:39] - How Louis mentors other surgeons.
  • [06:20] - Why orthopedic surgery is a complex field.
  • [08:27] - What motivates Louis to coach and mentor surgeons.
  • [10:17] - What surgeons should learn beyond their clinical skills.
  • [14:37] - Other ways to mentor other physicians.
  • [18:44] - How Louis became a mentor for medical device designers.
  • [21:20] - The advice Louis gives to orthopedic surgeons.
  • [23:44] - A few key points from the episode.


[05:15] - "Each person has different needs, and you can't take the same approach with everyone. We need to be attuned to the strengths and the needs of each resident and do what we need to help them not only continue to get stronger in their areas of strength but to improve in areas where they need reinforcement." ~ Louis Kwong

[13:30] - "People who do not have the competence to run the business aspects of their practice find themselves going out of business. How are we serving our patients in that regard?" ~ Louis Kwong

[22:05] - "Allow yourself to truly enjoy the things that bring you fulfillment in your practice, whether it's the patient interaction, the challenge of something extremely demanding, or a combination of those things. Medicine brings about many challenges for us, and we have the opportunity to enjoy all of those things." ~ Louis Kwong


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