every seasoned attending i know hates the thought of ER thoracotomies, let alone having to do one. heck most hate taking trauma call in the first place. but every med student/junior resident i know salivates at the thought of opening up some ribs and massaging a heart, futile as it may be most of the time. i use that example as one of priorities changing, cuz i'm sure the attending who now dislikes emergent thoracotomies was at one point like the med student/resident who wants to crack open some ribs. so question for the attending (or even chiefs)...does the mystique of surgery eventually wear off? like when you get comfortable with the operations u usually do day in and day out and know exactly what to do since you've done it so many times...does that take away from the mystique that the youngins don't realize yet? cuz the impression i get from the veteran surgeons is that they just wanna do their elective cases and on go home...they don't need/want the adrenaline rush anymore.