Medical school and dating
"I have been flat out given ultimatums, and I've been broken up with twice because of my career," says Christophersen, recalling her recent breakup with a guy who was concerned that her grueling career would get in the way of having and raising children."He said, 'I want to know if you can scale it back or it isn't gonna work,'" she says.I don't think he could handle the fact that I make good money for what I do." Still, she's hopeful Mr.Right is out there, and she's willing to take further action (like signing up for a more personalized dating service) to meet him.Doctors' dating challenges The biggest obstacle young physicians face when it comes to finding a mate: lack of time.They might have one free night a week — the rest of their time is spent with coworkers.
Unfortunately, many other single physicians — despite their good looks, earning power, and big brains — stay that way a lot longer than they would prefer.
"A lot of doctors don't have the opportunity to get outside their professional circle and meet new people," says Christie Nightingale, principal of concierge dating service Premier Match, LLC, which caters to busy professionals who don't have time to scout for dates.
"They tell me 'I don't have time to go out and go to bars.'" There's also the fear of intimidating a potential date.
It seems natural, given how much time they spend together at work.
But for many physicians, dating a fellow doctor comes with its own challenges — think long hours, rigid schedules, and free time spent catching up on sleep, times two.
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She had only one free evening per week to share with her boyfriend.