Dating a med school student
After college, I coached tennis in Spain and France and then moved to Washington, DC where I did my Masters in Public Health specializing in Global Public Health.
I lived in Kenya for 6 months completing my thesis on community-based education of medical, dental, nursing, and public health students.
Do not expect them to drop everything when : You’re in school. If something should change, let your partner know ASAP.
That person has a life, a job, friends, family, and feelings too. This should include all exams, study groups, study time, rotations, interviews, study time, study time, study time.
But when you add the demands and stress of medical school it makes things a little more tricky. I’m assuming you have a calendar with your schedule on it. : If you have any important dates (work, events, family) where you would like your loving med student to join you, then please, please, please, let them know as soon as you know. But also, dating partners, don’t drop a bomb on your med student the night before their exams. (I may or may not have done that multiple times.) In Conclusion… ***Bonus tip for the dating partner: If this all sounds like way too much work and sacrifice, then go with Plan B: Go have a life for 7-10 years, and hook back up when they are a real, practicing doctor.
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I polled a few of my classmates and they all agreed that developing and maintaining a relationship in medical school (or as a dedicated pre-med) can be a challenge.
So here’s the best advice, from me and my classmates, for maintaining a romantic relationship during your second year of medical school: Medical school is a very stressful time in your life, especially in your second year. It doesn’t matter whether you’re dating another medical professional or someone outside medicine, communication will help build and strengthen your relationship. It’s hard to spend the day in clinic listening to patients’ problems and then go home and listen to your significant other’s problems. Medical school is overwhelming, but your significant other may be overwhelmed as well.