Medical marriages: good or bad?
Martina Esisi looks at marriage between doctors-the benefits and the pitfalls-and gives tips on how to make it work
- By: Martina Esisi
Medical marriages in which both partners are doctors are increasingly common. As in most dual career marriages, the majority of people have met at some point during their career, perhaps at college, university, or even on a ward. As a trainee psychiatrist married to a specialist registrar in medicine, medical marriages face similar challenges to other marriages, but I also feel there are certain things about these unions that seem unique.
The major advantage of being married to another doctor is that your spouse will understand what the job entails; more so if you are in the same medical subspecialty. There is better understanding, and a much greater degree of tolerance of each other's job commitments and career aspirations. This would include each other's on-call commitments, long working hours, hospital politics, membership examinations, and the need for career progression. There are invariably many things to talk about and a better