Before the whole medcal journey began, I would often think how long school and residency would be. Eight years? That seemed like an eternity. In residency with three small children, making it to the end of the day or through a tough rotation was the eternity. Actually finishing residency was way beyond that. Yet, here we are ten years later, almost two years post training,and my husband is a practicing anesthesiologist. The life I thought would never arrive is here! Life after training is still busy. There are new responsibilities as an attending, boards to prepare for, and a pager that still occasionally beckons Brent back to the hospital. But he has more time, and less of the financial constraints that were a present during residency. Our family life is not dictated by tough or easy rotations, and the freedom of being able to make plans is something we take advantage of and appreciate. The years I never thought would never end have come and gone, and our "real life" is here. And it's good!
Andrea Carter is an IMP Alumni and the wife of an Anesthesiologist.
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