I also added a couple at the end after 13 that are from my personal experience… Dating a med student? Don't expect to see them. Accept the fact they will have many affairs. Each week they will have a new illness. Some will be extremely rare, others will be more mundane.
They will be certain they have it no second opinions necessary. Med school can, and will, turn even the sanest into a hypochondriac. Even though you used to walk into your home with your shoes on, and sit on your bed in the same clothes you just wore while riding the subway, or sat on a public bench in, you'll become far too disgusted to ever do it again.
Believe me, it's going to get bad…you'll watch yourself transform into the anal retentive person you swore you'd never become. How can they do that? Don't they know how many germs and bacteria they're spreading??!
A vacation together consists of a trip down the street to Walgreens for new highlighters and printer paper. Their study habits will make you feel like a complete slacker. For them, hitting the books 8-to hours a day is not uncommon, nor difficult. You'll wonder how you ever managed to pass school on your meager one hour of studying per night.
They're expected to know everything. But ask them if your knee is swollen, or what you should do to tame your mucous-filled cough, or why the heck your head feels like someone's been drilling through it for oil for two weeks straight, and they won't have a clue. You'll need friends with unending patience who pretend never to get sick of listening to your endless venting and complaints.
Or, you'll need to pay a therapist who will pretend never to get sick of listening to your endless venting and complaints. Be prepared to move… a LOT… through the upcoming years, and maybe even across the country.
Unless you meet them after they have already started med school, then you may only need to move once… or maybe not at all, depending on where they are in their medical track. Expect them to talk about medicine all the time. No matter who they are around. Nothing anymore is normal, it all has medical connotations. But take this all with a grain of salt. We started dating before he even decided to go to medical school. Medicine was just a distant thought in his mind and he already had a career… a good one.
However, none of that matters now. We have been through a LOT together and I know we are going to go through a lot more.