Looking at the medical couple
- By: Katherine Bettany
They distract you in lectures with their displays of affection; leave you “third wheeling” at lunch; and never turn up anywhere without the other. The medical couple is practically a medical school institution—every cohort has at least one. This month we take a look at what it’s like to be in a couple with another medical student today, and ask three pairs about the ins and outs of their relationship (p 12).
Some medical students forgo flesh and blood relationships, instead forming an obsession with their choice of specialty. Medical lore says that some types of people are destined for certain specialities. Afraid of the light? Radiologist. Macho weight lifter? Orthopaedic surgeon. In her feature (p 20), Kathy Oxtoby investigates whether there is any truth behind the specialty stereotypes. Speaking of specialty choices, why are medical students being put off choosing a career in psychiatry? Find out on p18.