I HAD THE PRIVILEGE of visiting with my 18-year-old niece Emily, an aspiring surgeon, right after she finished a two-week internship at a local emergency room. She sparkled with enthusiasm as she described watching doctors treat gunshot wounds, “lacs” (lacerations), and other injuries. When she didn't get queasy, even when observing surgery, one of the surgeons commented that she might have what it takes to become a trauma surgeon. Emily has an advantage: a role model. Her 83-year-old ...

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