Today's Lesson: Switch Specialty

A Medical Student

Martin Palmeri has changed his mind before. Until his fourth year of college, he was planning a career in investment banking. But one afternoon, while volunteering in a North Carolina medical clinic, Palmeri realized that he was much happier in the hospital than in economics class. Palmeri was drawn to obstetrics and gynecology, he says, for the "emotion and passion" involved in delivering babies. "It's tremendously rewarding."

Or so he thought. Last year, his third at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Palmeri, 28, began investigating what he calls the "litigious juggernaut" of ob-gyn and decided the risks...

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