When I kissed the teacher
Student-doctor relationships can be problematic when it comes to a teaching environment
- By: Guy Rughani
“Really. He’s going out with her?” “But she’s . . .” “I know.”
We’ve all had it—the moment when you hear that the quiet guy whose name you’ve never known has beaten you in the Top Trumps of medical school dating and has bagged himself a mysterious, glamorous sounding registrar girlfriend, a woman complete with General Medical Council number, BMW 1 series, and the power to award you an A. He’s 22 and she’s 26, but when has an age gap stopped anyone madly in love? Look at Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris.1 OK, bad example.
More astonishing, though, is the fact that a classmate has deviated from the well trodden healthcare hierarchy that places medical students firmly at the bottom. They have dared to mix way above their intellectual rank and kiss the teacher. Or perhaps even more titillating for the coffee room gossips, the teacher has dared