The payoff was the promise of future high earnings and hours that would, in time, become more manageable.
But today's young doctors, most of them women, don't want to waste their youth working a backbreaking schedule, in part because they'd like to have children and don't think they can afford to wait.
"I have been flat out given ultimatums, and I've been broken up with twice because of my career," says Christophersen, recalling her recent breakup with a guy who was concerned that her grueling career would get in the way of having and raising children.
About 16 percent of 1,323 physicians who participated in our 2010 Great American Physician Survey said their spouse or significant other is also a physician.Translation: You'll have more opportunities to meet someone and go on dates, even if you're no longer treated to med-school mixers.Melissa Brown, president of national dating service It's Just Lunch, which counts a growing number of doctors in its client base, suggests committing to at least a few hours a week for dating whether you're just starting your residency or are an established doctor.Dating is tough when you're always on call, and it's tougher today for doctors than ever before.With the median age of first marriage now over 25 for both men and women in the United States, according to 2010 Census Bureau data, it's clear that young people of all vocations are waiting longer to tie the knot than their parents did.Doctors' dating challenges The biggest obstacle young physicians face when it comes to finding a mate: lack of time.They might have one free night a week — the rest of their time is spent with coworkers.Getting to your first date The good news for doctors who expect to work weekends and get paged at 3 a.m.at some point in the near future is that life does get easier, says Parrott.Lucky for you, a few adjustments and sincere dedication can get your love life on track.(Hint: Wearing your scrubs to dinner is not an aphrodisiac).