Anonymous asked: Tips on how to deal with the good looking and incredibly charming (hell, we’ll call him McDreamy!) registrar? Kind of gets in the way of productive learning (not that I mind)! Can’t help but race ahead and conclude that registrars are most likely at the stage where they’re looking for a relationship. So, following on from that last question, what are your thoughts on med students dating young doctors? I’m guessing that now that you’re in your clinical years you may have a few tips or anecdotes.
I won’t lie, I giggled reading this. But the unfortunate news is, the majority of the registrars I’ve met are in stable relationships. Yes, that’s right. Grey’s Anatomy lied to us all.
Shonda Rhimes has a lot of explaining to do.
However, to take your question a little more seriously, I do know of a couple of medical students that dated their registrars—in fact, I know a medical student engaged to one of the registrars. Unfortunately, as far as I’m aware, he didn’t pop the question during ward rounds—they knew each other in a realm away from the hospital (they were family friends).
As for me, most of the registrars I’ve met have been either female (and as a straight girl, I can appreciate their looks but don’t want to date them) or inspired fear in me. There’s nothing quite like a team of ortho registrars who know everything but refuse to acknowledge your existence to turn you off doctors for life.
This being said, I’m all for, uh, appreciating the beauty of the human race. If this registrar provides some healthy gossip for you and a few of your close colleagues, and makes ward rounds more enjoyable, I don’t think it’s wrong. Some of my most memorable conversations with my friends in med school have been discussing good looking doctors. Of course, be careful who you talk to—telling your entire cohort that you want to be friendly with McDreamy may not go down too well.
And if McDreamy shows some interest in you, I don’t see why you shouldn’t go for it. Maybe wait until you’re off his ward service before you go out, though—you don’t want your colleagues to accuse you of nepotism or of having ulterior motives. Many doctors marry doctors, after all, so maybe this is fate?
Also, I have assumed McDreamy to be male for the sake of consistency. My apologies if I have the gender wrong—this advice applies to all genders.