Parents are told they should not have favorites.
Teachers are told the same.
I do have favorites for the joy brought on when I teach them. The curiosity brought on when asking me constantly for questions and answers. My favorites bring me to the edge of FOAMed. To constantly bring my A game to their teaching sessions.
The ones I loved the most will be the badass em attendings who will save lives by performing procedures and out diagnosing the many fools trained by others. I want them to be badasses. I want them to be the best Resuscitationists. Not ass kissers. Trend setters. Those who establish legacies.
The one who fell a few weeks ago would have had a great legacy in saving lives.
For now his legacy is being my friend and my student.
Student for life. And me being his teacher/mentor for life. Believe that.