Some brave doctors shared their views and tips with Julie Sladden about how to have a thriving (rather than merely surviving) marriage
“Men are from Mars. Women are from Venus. Doctors are from Krypton,” according to Dr Greg Skipper from the Alabama Physician Health Program (see further information) and he has a point. Medical marriages face many of the same stresses and strains of any marriage but there are some unique issues that face both dual-doctor and doctor/non-doctor marriages.
Although there is no evidence that divorce rates among medics are higher than other occupational groups,1 studies suggest that many medical marriages may be chronically unhappy, yet stable.2 This is not helped by the well documented inability of many doctors to seek help, especially when their relationship is in trouble.3 But it's not all bad news. A group of doctors, married to doctors and non-doctors, were brave enough to tell me their opinions on the issues affecting medicine and marriage, and here they offer some tips on how to have a thriving (rather