Hi all, I haven't posted in a while, but am soon coming to an important decision which I would appreciate your nonmalignant opinion on. So I was one of those guys who really wanted anesthesia (life, money, like everyone mostly everyone else), didnt match in 2 matches, but luckily found something at the lowest tier program. It's not what I thought it was and I really underestimated the stress level... I was ready to quit within the first 2 months. However, I've stuck it out 9 months so far, tolerating it more, and have a good 3 months outside rotation coming up. I still know for a fact, that I will not continue with anesthesia for the rest of my life. I'd say 10 years tops. I even posted before how my uncle who is a GI guy would hire me to do his scopes, which I am strongly considering. I think just evaluating this whole residency, medicine thing, reading the state of affairs in the field, liability, stress, quality of life, I feel that I will be leaving sooner than 10 years. I can tell you that I feel the adrenaline pumping, palpitations, during certain situations. Healthwise, I don't think I can sustain this career forever. I also feel I missed out on a lot of things in life from this whole medicine gig. I can't say I love anesthesia, I look at it as a ways to pay the bills, probably as I would any job. therefore, I wanted to ask you guys if you know of people who have dropped out of medicine and pursued other careers, either medicine related or not. I am clueless on how to start and who to pursue. I guess I first have to realize what else I like or could see myself doing. I'm thinking consulting, finance, or pharm industry. If any of you have suggestions, stories, ideas, please share. I'm not knocking the field, I'm just realizing I want to get out of the clinical medicine (anesthesiology) sector.