A Powerful Example of Retirement – Karen Sibert

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You’ve thought about retirement. You’ve wondered what it is like to retire. But you don’t have any examples from which to draw.

In this episode, my guest Dr. Karen Sibert shares how she went from having no intention of retiring to actually retiring quite successfully. 

Some of the topics we touch on include: 

  • How stakeholders are impacted when we make changes, not just retirement but any change. There’s always stakeholders involved, who will be impacted to some degree. 
  • The loss of identity and how easy it is to be wrapped up in identity in your job. 
  • World War Two and D-Day
  • Dr. Sibert’s father
  • Theology 
  •  How important financial health is when thinking about retirement

You can see this is a power-packed episode you won’t want to miss.

Dr. Karen Sibert has practiced anesthesiology for over 25 years, however, she didn’t start out like most medical professionals. Born and raised in Amarillo, Texas in the 1960s, she was accepted to Princeton as part of the school’s second entering class of female students. She graduated with an English degree and became a reporter for the Wall Street Journal.

Halfway through her first year of reporting, she realized she loved writing, but not journalism. She quit, and later applied and was accepted to Baylor College of Medicine.

After choosing to specialize in anesthesiology, Dr. Sibert completed her residency training and fellowship in anesthesiology at the Yale University Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut. She then joined the faculty at Duke University School of Medicine.

Since 1999, Dr. Sibert has worked in Los Angeles as a clinical anesthesiologist and an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, teaching residents and fellows in training. She hasn’t let that get in the way of her writing career.  In addition to this blog, she has published in The New York Times and is a regular contributor to the CSA’s Online First columns and to Kevin MD.  Her name also frequently appears as an author of articles in medical journals, and chapters in both medical and general interest books.

Dr. Sibert is married and has three grown children.

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