The Perils of Dating In Medicine

Why I'm Single?


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


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


 “Ya, that will work perfect.”


 “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?”


“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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Single With Scalpel is a Pediatric Otolaryngology fellow who tweets about life, humor, and medical education. She blogs here when 140 characters simply aren't enough.


  1. I can’t even imagine 🙁 I always thought my job got in the way of my dating life (work/life balance ain’t so great here in NYC) but this…this is extra challenging. I’m sure most (decent) men would understand, though! Just frustrating for you, I’m sure.

    • Thanks for the comment, Allison! Surgery disrupts my dating life in ways that range from irritating to hilarious. Thankfully, people are fairly understanding – and if they’re not, we shouldn’t date anyway!

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