When docs love docs
New data indicates that surgeons, never known for their warm personalities, in many ways would be better off avoiding other doctors when choosing a domestic or marriage partner. “Dual-physician relationships are fraught with challenges resulting from combining the career aspirations and work lives of two highly trained professionals working in a demanding and unpredictable job,” say the authors of a study published in the November issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.
Surgeons who marry or partner with physicians experience significantly greater career conflict and are less likely to achieve a good work-home life balance than do surgeons who marry or partner with nonphysicians, according to the study. That really should come as no surprise to anyone who’s watched “Grey’s Anatomy” or “ER.”
The study also found, though, that surgeons married to doctors appear to be better off when it comes to experiencing emotional exhaustion or burnout.
The study didn’t attempt to summarize all of the results to say whether surgeons are better or worse off marrying or partnering with a physician, leaving that open to interpretation. It did say more of such surgeon-doctor partnerships are likely to occur because more women are becoming surgeons.
Doctors married to surgeons may find the experience especially stressful.