‘Station 19’ and ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Ben Warren has worst career arc on TV
For shows that stay on TV for a long time, it’s no surprise to see characters make unexpected or surprising changes in their careers and personal lives. The scenarios must be modified to adapt to different schedules, to the actors who leave or to the creation of spinoffs. But there is usually at least one attempt to make these stories make sense or allow the characters to move forward with their lives or careers in a fairly straightforward way. This is absolutely not true for Ben Warren of Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19, a man who went from a treating anesthesiologist to a surgical intern and then to a firefighter.
Let’s start with the obvious: becoming an anesthesiologist is not something you do on a whim. You must complete four years of medical school, four years of residency, two years of scholarship, and then obtain certification and license. A decade of your life is spent becoming an anesthesiologist and there are several points where you could switch to a different medical specialty. But no, Ben Warren went ahead, and by the time he met Miranda Bailey and was an anesthesiologist at Seattle Grace, he was probably making somewhere north of $ 300,000. He also probably had big loans for his medical school so I’m not guessing he was living big, but that’s a very generous salary for a job he worked really hard to get. This is why it was so confusing that he decided that what he REALLY needed to do was go back to the surgical internship to effectively restart his career.
I understand why Grey’s revere surgeons the way they do, but you would think that after YEARS of being next to surgeons, Ben would have understood if he had the itch to cut. But apparently he didn’t. So he went to LA for very legitimate career reasons, and then resigned because Bailey and Tucker missed him. Then he became a resident of Gray Sloane Memorial Hospital and quickly found himself on probation for playing a bit fast and by the rules. Because if there’s anything we know about people who become successful anesthesiologists, a specialty that heavily depends on being incredibly thorough and demanding, it’s that they like to shoot from the hip for that dump. ‘adrenaline. Now, what was Ben doing as a surgical intern? Probably somewhere between $ 50 and $ 60,000. Nothing to complain about, but I think most people would think a bit more about taking an 80% pay cut to follow a dream. And they would ESPECIALLY think a little harder before endangering this dream with bad decisions.
Of course, this was not the last stage in Ben’s career. After an explosion at the hospital, Ben helped the firefighters through the burning hospital to rescue one of the other surgical residents, and then Ben decided to become a firefighter himself. Every career change so far has gone from a less stressful job to a MORE stressful job, but at least this time he probably hasn’t suffered a pay cut. Firefighter salaries are a little hard to pin down, but at most it looks like he would be considering a 30% drop in his surgical intern salary, but maybe even stayed roughly the same. Of course, that’s about the same amount of money for a huge increase in personal risk AND losing the opportunity to eventually earn that amount of money for surgeries someday.
This career path would be a bit confusing for anyone, but for a guy with a woman who has had a stress-induced heart attack, it’s almost cruel. However, I have heard that he had some health issues at the end of last season so maybe he will seek a safer and less dangerous job as a race car driver or stuntman.
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