Perhaps my future as a physician anesthesiologist was preordained, but while in college and medical school, that outcome wasn’t so clear to me. Despite knowing that a career as a physician was my final goal, my considerations of which medical specialty would most appeal to me were many. First, having a father (A.H. “Buddy” Giesecke Jr., M.D.) who was a relatively well-known trauma and obstetrical anesthesiologist played a major role in my deliberations. It was my first assumption that I would do anything but anesthesiology, as it was difficult for me to see a course that involved standing on my own merits, rather than those of my dad. As graduation from college, and matriculation into medical school, approached, my thoughts were steering me toward a surgical field of medicine.

Having good hand-eye coordination led me to think that being...

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