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Mariann had a horrific awareness that she picked the wrong specialty.
Seven years of post-college education and interminable anesthesiology training had morphed into brutal 12-hour, in-house OB shifts, when she often gave more than a dozen epidurals. She envisioned a joyless future as she watched the other women in her anesthesia group who were 20 years older and still working long hospital hours.
Mariann decided no amount of money justified this lifestyle. And she had grown dissatisfied with anesthesia practice itself — long hours of boredom, punctuated by minutes of crisis when a patient tried to die on her. No matter the cost, she had to change specialties.