Could there be a higher calling than the practice of medicine? Medical professionals are entrusted to listen, diagnose, manage, and intervene on behalf of their patients. We unselfishly teach our skills to our students and trainees (registrars and fellows). As surgeons, patients invariably place their ultimate trust in us when they are at their most vulnerable. Our perception of ourselves often becomes altered by the sometimes-unrealistic demands of our work and we forget that we are essentially no different from our fellow man.