If you’re reading this column, there’s an overwhelming chance you’re either an attending or a resident physician anesthesiologist. And for most of us in this field, as in any, there was at some point in your training a seminal moment that led you down this career path. Was it a lecture? A clinical rotation? A workshop? Whatever the circumstances, we can all recall that moment when the realization crystallized: That’s what I want to do with my life!

Unfortunately, too many medical students are never exposed to our specialty in a meaningful way. At many institutions, anesthesiology is not among the mandatory rotations; for those that do require it, the powers that be may only have students on service for two weeks – a woefully inadequate period. Despite these obstacles, we – as physicians who have elected to enter...

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