As I entered the physicians’ parking lot, I rehearsed the conversation I was dreading. This was the day I would quit my job. It was my first job out of residency, and I loved my coworkers, but I had to quit. I was frustrated and dissatisfied after being overlooked for a directorship. It was time to move on, wasn’t it?
I started medical school with high hopes of advocating for physicians and patients while contributing to my field through administration. Choosing emergency medicine as a specialty came naturally. The pathology, pace, and intensity spoke to me, but I was well aware of some of its challenges.
I made a conscious effort to expand my residency training beyond medicine and took advantage of leadership opportunities. As a new attending physician, I assertively took on labor-intensive projects from my medical director in hopes of furthering my career. I spent my days off in meetings and was involved with medical societies. As the lone full-time female in my group, I took pride in my work.