It’s the end of summer, the time where entire classes of new medical students are packing up and heading off to school together. Initially it’s a whirlwind of names and faces, as these hundred or so people meet each other for the first time. But as the days go on, bonds will form, and potentially, sparks will fly.
Though some people come to medical school in a stable relationship, there are many others who come in on the prowl. But dating in medical school is a tricky business, one that requires the patience and understanding of both parties involved. This is especially true of intra-class dating, which has its own share of pros and cons. The pros are obvious: opportunities to see each other often, common friends, and a strong understanding of what each other is going through. But there are negatives as a result: a lack of personal space, everybody knowing your business, and being “trapped” in the med school bubble.
Other people choose to broaden their horizons and date outside of medical school. They find opportunities to mingle with graduate, business, law, and even undergraduate (gasp) students. Online dating sites are becoming popular as well – one name I hear often is Coffee Meets Bagel, a site that caters towards educated, mid-20’s men and women – also known as medical students.
A significant other is a great support system throughout the trials and tribulations of medical school, but it takes work to maintain the relationship. When you disappear for days on end cramming for exams, remember to consider the feelings and needs of your partner. With a little luck and dedication, you’ll pull through these next four years together.