As I write this, reflecting on the last 12 months, I find myself thinking back to time spent at ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2021 in San Diego. In some ways, this event represented to me the culmination of another challenging year in both the medical and personal lives of anesthesiology residents among the ongoing burdens of a worldwide pandemic, increased workload in the face of health care shortages of both staff and supplies, and threats to the integrity of the title “anesthesiologist” as referring to physicians only. Despite these challenges, we have seen our share of successes, and there is hope for a bright future. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend the ASA annual meeting, and I don't think I was alone in the feeling of relief to be able to have an in-person event and sharing in more than a hint of optimism that seemed to permeate through...

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