Love on call: The risks and benefits of two doctors being in a relationship

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  • A says:

    I find recent comments very harsh. Residency training can be very difficult for many people. Some places still believe in “shame-based” learning and residents are constantly judged, exhausted and expected to do a lot. I am not a physician but I see many residents go through these years as draining and challenging. So I can see the importance of having a great support system.
    While I agree many physicians may come from privileged families, not all do. And even if they do, they deserve to be heard too.

    • Phil says:

      The issue at hand is that these sort of MD centric stories dominate Healthy Debate.

      There is a shocking lack of diverse stories, and Healthy Debate can do better.

      It is not to minimise the experience of these authors.

      But it is increasingly frustrating to see Healthy Debate pander to elitism.

  • HonestEdna says:

    Agreed with other commenters. How about Healthy Debate feature real issues with members of the not so self serving medical and public health community (perhaps even outside of the UofT hospital elite). Everyone knows this is a fairly partisan community and heaven forbid someone should have to move for a prestigious fellowship opportunity. These may be “sacrifices” but in their raw form, they are gifts. Doctors are meant to serve communities in need and Canada has turned its system into a perpetual cycle of physician self indulgence and employee protection. I’m a Canadian studying medicine in Australia where domestic students go to train where the need is greatest. The result? Public healthcare that does what’s it’s meant to: (equitably) serve the public good. It’s wonderful these two found love but this ‘opinion’ piece screams self entitlement with a big dose of reality check.

  • Phil says:

    Genuine question- does Healthy Debate really need more self-indulgent articles by physicians, for physicians? Time to step up, Healthy Debate.

    • J.C says:

      So, a Caucasian heteronormative professional couple in a power of privilege are worried about job stress, child care and their relationship.

      Welcome to the real world. So many of my patients have hardships significantly greater than the authors.

      I tend to agree with you Phil that this sort of “fluff” piece falls short of more meaningful stories that don’t get attention on Healthy Debate.


David Dorian


David Dorian is a cardiology resident, University of Toronto.

Alisha Olsthoorn


Alisha Olsthoorn is a third-year obstetrics and gynecology resident at the University of Toronto.

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