Dating with doctors

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, which means love is in the air for everyone, even busy physicians.Find out why a fellow health care professional may be your best match this holiday.“It can be tough on you if you’re with someone who doesn’t understand.” Plus, there’s an added bonus to having a medical partner at home. Bott said, which eases communication in her relationship because explaining situations in lay-terms can become frustrating.

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As a resident, Krista Bott, MD, a surgeon at Moses Taylor Hospital, said she worked nearly 80 hours a week at the hospital and when she wasn’t there, she’d study for hours at home.

“All of my friends in the area were from work,” she said.

“We are comfortable in life, we can do the things we want, and our children will be well-cared for.” Find more resources for physician families and relationships at the AMA Alliance website and with , the AMA Alliance’s quarterly magazine.

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Sherick said there’s also a psychological and emotional benefit to marrying someone who understands the challenges unique to doctors, such as losing patients or critical life events.

“Most people see someone dying once or twice in life, but for us, it’s not an uncommon thing,” he said.

Bott said she’s happy to build a life with someone who shares her plans for the future.

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