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Ten Tips for Dating During Medical Training

how to make dating a little simpler when you work 80 hours per week

As a single resident, I’ve made every dating mistake in the book. Let me save you some trouble! Here are ten tips I’ve learned about dating during med school and residency.

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The Perils of Dating In Medicine

Why I'm Single?

Me:

”Looking forward to meeting you tonight! I hope you’re having a great day!.”

Me:

 “I’m done at work – I’m going to go home and change. 8:30 at [redacted] still work for you?”

Him:

 “Ya, that will work perfect.”

Me:

 “I am so so so sorry – I just heard from the ER and I might have to do surgery on somebody. I’m going to the ER right now. I’d hate for you to get to [redacted] and wait. This is not me blowing you off, though I know it probably sounds like it. Any chance we could try for tomorrow?”

Him:

“It’s no big deal… BTW if you ever did want to blow someone off, you literally have the best excuse.”

And the worst part is:

I had emergency cases two nights in a row and had to cancel plans twice with the same guy, before leaving town for a week.

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Let’s Visit a Friend!

(Guest Post Today)

I just wrote my first guest post over on mcsassymd.com! Check it out and let me know what you think! You can also follow my friend Sassy on Twitter for lots of brilliant humor: @mcsassymd

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The Doctor Will Date You Now

Why the emphasis on *Single* With Scalpel

Today, I realized I’m not a relationship optimist. My friends (and junior residents) could have told you that, but it really just dawned on me! I go into every first date mentally prepared for it “to come to nothing.” Probably not the best approach, since self-fulfilling prophecies tend to, well, fulfill!

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