Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
- Clerkship and residency. Nothing about this part DOESN'T suck. You watch your spouse work themselves into the ground, miserable and sleep deprived and can only hope to God that things will get better. Sometimes they don't. (see: surgeons)
- You marry their debt, too.
- The not-so-subtle insinuations that you're a kept man if you're married to a doctor
- The assumption that you're rich because your wife is a doctor
- Having to socialize with other doctors
- It's a job that's hard to leave at the door when they get home
- Often unpredictable work hours... just because their shift ends at 8pm, doesn't mean you'll necessarily see them home before 11pm. And you're expected to take that in stride.
- Your career often takes a backseat to their career, whether you like it or not.
- The possibility of bringing home more than they bargained for-- Norovirus, influenza, hepatitis... all real risks.
- The assumption that because she is a doctor, your wife is a pompous know-it-all.
- Childbearing delayed for longer than biologically ideal
- Holidays rarely being celebrated on the actual day, causing issues with extended family.
- You don't have to worry about nurses preying on your spouse (as mentioned by Dr. Leap) since the majority of nurses are still female. Then again...
- Good income, once the debt is paid off.
- Wearing scrubs to work means less laundry
- For most specialties, your spouse is employable pretty much anywhere-- nice flexibility.
- In the case of emergency medicine, you will have a spouse whom you actually see and can spend time with.
- I'm cute. :-)
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Random Thought for the Day
My friends are all relatively young (between 25 and 35) although perhaps a little older than biologically ideal for a first-time mom. They are all professional and well-educated, healthy and fit, and all work full-time. But that's where the similarities end. They have a variety of body types (short to tall, tiny to less tiny), have a variety of careers (pilot, teacher, sales, medicine)... none used reproductive technologies to get pregnant. The time it took them to conceive range from "oops, we're pregnant" to nearly a year. None of them were "too posh to push", and all but one had intended to birth vaginally. Every reason they were given certainly sounded more legitimate than "let's move this along so that I can get home".
Is there something fundamentally wrong with us that so few women are able to birth vaginally these days?
I find this odd.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Running the Recruitment Fair Gauntlet