“What's this I hear?” said the CA-1 resident earlier this year as we were setting up for our first morning case. “You're going to retire?”

“Why, yes,” I said. “That's correct. In April.”

He shook his head. “No,” he said firmly. “I know you have another two years in you.”

That was very kind, and I appreciated it, as I did this text message from a senior resident: “If you try to leave before July, I'll report you for resident abandonment.” It's always better to leave while they still want you to stay, as opposed to lingering long past your sell-by date, right?

Even two years earlier, if anyone had told me I'd be ready to retire from clinical anesthesiology in spring 2022, I would have laughed at the idea. I always felt that the many sacrifices my parents made (and all the tax dollars the public spent) to give...

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