A person who speaks or writes in support or defense of a person, cause or belief … When I first entered medical school and later residency, the idea of being an advocate, or what the above definition truly meant, for medicine and eventually for physician anesthesiologists had not even entered my mind. It was not until I began to progress in my residency that I realized that you not only learn skills and practice to care for and potentially save a patient’s life, you also learn to have pride in your specialty and field, which in turn translates into compassion and care for patients who often have little or no voice.

As my residency training began and progressed, I gained a true appreciation for the care team model that exists throughout anesthesia. The nurse anesthetists within my training program...

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