But Parrott, a Kansas City family medicine practitioner, had just finished medical school and was in the midst of a grueling internship.
She had only one free evening per week to share with her boyfriend."So what we arranged was that I would see him on my one day off a week, and anything beyond that, he would have to come to me," says Parrott.
"If I was working a 36-hour shift, he'd come by and kiss me on the forehead and tuck me into bed."Parrott recognized that someone so flexible is a keeper, so she married him.
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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.
The physician dating pool has also been changed by the fact that women have outnumbered men in American medical schools for most of the last decade.
In previous generations, the long hours worked by the mostly male young doctors were tolerated by their partners as simply part of the deal.
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.
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).
Doctors' dating challenges The biggest obstacle young physicians face when it comes to finding a mate: lack of time.