In general, I encourage people from other specialties to participate in our forum. Mac, however, seems to want to simply antagonize everyone on this board by hijacking threads and starting new threads on the same topic over and over and over again. Let's do him a favor and simply ignore any and all of his posts. I have and it's amazing how refreshing a feeling it is coming to this board again to discuss pertinent topics with those of us who are or aspire to be anesthesiologists. I see that Mac posts here more than on his own field's board and thus I must come to the conclusion that he is unhappy with his chosen profession and rather than choose to address his own field, he wants to try and make other people share his misery. Perhaps he truly feels that anesthesiologists do not have a role in medicine and would like to see us replaced by CRNA's. Perhaps a tinge of envy of our earnings potential combined with a substantially better lifestyle has drawn his ire, but regardless, he seems to feel an incessant need to try to direct students away from anesthesiology. To that I say, what a pity. He sees students with AOA, superior board scores, etc looking more and more toward our field and rather than let the merits of his own field (or future field) stand on their own, he feels a need to bash another in any way he can in the hopes of redirecting attention to his own. So be it. If you want to be a surgeon, I wish you good luck in a noble field, but take heed of what you read about surgeons and what you see reflected in MacGyver and strive to be a better physician and person than Mac sinks to. Give credit where credit is due and never overlook the contributions of those whose professions serve to complement, not inhibit your own. I salute the respected and peerless surgeons such as Duke Samson and James Valentine who acknowledge and respect the work that internists, anesthesiologists, and other specialists provide for theirs and others' patients without prejudice. I pity the surgeons who have or will follow the attitude of MacGyver whose very signature line reflects an inflated ego and "god complex". For the sake of his patients, I pray that he is as good as he believes his judgement to be because I can forsee Mac refusing to ask for help when help is needed. Enjoy your future Mac. Don't look back. Don't feel the stress. Most of all, don't try to tell internists, anesthesiologists, and others what they can and can't do. Bask in the glory of your own field and sing its praises because the time and effort you spend trying to bash this field shows that you aren't focusing enough on your own.