As a member of the medical profession, I solemnly pledge to dedicate my life to the service of humanity. The health and well-being of my patient will be my first consideration.... I will give to my teachers, colleagues, and students the respect and gratitude that is their due. I will share my medical knowledge for the benefit of the patient and the advancement of healthcare.

– World Medical Association, Declaration of Geneva

We all owe tremendous gratitude to our teachers – the many individuals throughout our lives who inspired, instructed, and challenged us to become successful professionals. As doctors, we are literally teachers; the word “doctor” derives from the Latin word meaning “teach” or “teacher.” In addition to thanking those who have helped us along the way, many also pay the gift forward by teaching medical students, residents, fellows, and peers. Some anesthesiologists spend a significant portion of their...

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