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My teachers when I was a young anaesthetist were very remarkable people: fonts of knowledge & wisdom, skilful beyond belief, and with seemingly endless reserves of courage, patience & common sense. Decades later my respect for them is even greater as I realise how well they taught me: they succeeded in making me better than they themselves could be.
Today I have the pleasure to work alongside many colleagues whom I have helped to train. As I stand on the shoulders of my teachers, those whom I have taught stand upon mine. It is intensely satisfying to see that I too have succeeded as a teacher: my trainees have become better than me.
No competing interests
18 May 2017
Mark W Davies
consultant in anaesthesia & perioperative medicine
Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust