Do women find you more attractive because you have an MD?
(Hard to tell, since all women swoon in the presence of Doctor D's masculine charisma even when he isn't wearing a white coat.)
Actually though, if you go into medicine because you are looking for a sexy and glamorous life you'll likely be disappointed...
Everybody reads House Of God or watches TV medical dramas and assumes that medical folks do nothing but save lives, kick ass, and fornicate like rockstars.
Millions of bright young people sign up for medical school every year certain the opposite sex will find them irresistible with MD behind their names.
What they find instead is exhausting, banal work that destroys personal time, and patients too sick and coworkers too beleaguered to even consider romance.
But to answer the question:
"Yes, there are women who might find a man with an MD more attractive, but it is not as cool as you might imagine."(Sorry Dr. D can only answer from the male perspective. Perhaps a woman can tell the story of the female MD's love life in the comments?)
The Social LifeIf you go around in your private life saying "Hey, nice to meet you. I'm a doctor!" the ladies will think you are trying too hard. And trying too hard is not cool.
And once people realize you are a doctor they still really won't care. Generations ago being a doctor may have meant something. Perhaps back in the day when a physician entered the room everyone was struck with reverent awe, but these days nobody really cares. Being a doctor means you might be intelligent, but you're also overworked and up to the eyeballs in student loan debt. Not so sexy!
Seducing the Silly OnesThe only place where being a doctor means much is in hospitals and clinics. In the medical environment the MD means something, and there's nothing women find more attractive than a guy who is in charge. But think about it: are intelligent, interesting women in the hospital going to be lead astray by silly teenie-bopper fantasies in which the a doctor replaces the handsome prince? Nope, only the ditsy or creepy chicks!
I don't know about you, but Doctor D isn't into silly women.
So it is a rare occurrence when a woman that you would actually be interested in is attracted to you because you are a doc. But it does happen...
The Femme Fatale:There was once a beautiful and intelligent patient who had visited Doctor D several times. Then one day she came to D's office with a hurt knee. Doctor D was dutifully examining the knee when he couldn't help but notice that not only was this attractive patient wearing a short skirt, but she also was lacking underwear!
Now in other situations obvious signals that a beautiful person has the hots for me is at least flattering, but not at work.
Doctor D stood up, said "Excuse me," and walked out. He brought a nurse in to chaperone, and for the rest of the exam kept his eyes nowhere but the knee. The patient never returned.
Sorry to disappoint you, beautiful ladies, but at work Doctor D keeps it strictly professional!
Keeping It Professional
Apparently in years past there was a more lax attitude toward frisky behavior in the hospital. Older nurses tell stories about the 70's in which the entire hospital seems to have been one big orgy with doctors, nurses, and patients going at it like bunny rabbits. (It's hard to tell if these reports are true or just the sentimental musings of soon-to-be-senile baby boomers.)
"McDreamy, I'm just too busy with romantic entanglements to see patients right now."
Despite what you may presume from watching Grey's Anatomy such funny business is no longer tolerated in hospitals. With political correctness, sexual harassment, and lawyers circling like sharks there isn't any room for behavior that isn't totally professional.
The doctors and nurses of today may be more laid back than those of the generation before us, but when it comes to mixing business and pleasure we are downright puritanical.
So, attention to all lusty young premeds:Becoming a doctor will not get you laid! And if it does get you laid, you might ruin your career and lose your medical license in the process.
If you want to live like a rockstar, you should probably join a band.
But don't lose hope. You can still have an exciting love life. It's just that the MD won't help.
D met the stunningly beautiful future Lady D when he was in medical school. First thing she said when she found out what he did, "Ugh, I hate doctors!"
D responded, "Really? Me too! Too bad I'm about to be one of them."
I won her despite the MD. How you like them apples!
Feel free to tell your stories and opinions in the comments.
Doctor D can't wait to hear the heart-wrenching drama of your experiences in the odd world of medical romance!