Originally Posted by massagether
Thanks for the reply. More concerned about the last five years (2 of med, 3 of residency) that I'll be completing in my late 30's possibly early 40's than the first two. Do you have time to see each other on a regular basis (go on dates, get drinks or a bite to eat, get away for a weekend) or is it more just sporadically grabbing time when she can between exams?
Encouraging that they still manage to work out regularly. It's a lot easier to have it, slack off a bit in your twenties, and regain it in your thirties (I've done it) than it is 30's-40's.
Most of my patients who were or got healthy in their 30's seem to have a much easier time staying fit and active decades later than those who let it go (whether through laziness or lack of time due to career and family) during that time period and are now trying to regain it.
Sounds silly and it's purely anectdotal, but I've observed that men really seem to either age fast or stay young for years around 36-38, depending on their lifestyle (stress, exercise, nutrition and sleep).
Well I am typically in school from 10-2pm then at work from 3pm-midnight, but once I get home we usually have some time for each other. Almost every weekend (except weekends before exams) we go to eat, watch a movie, or do something together typically for almost an entire day. We haven't traveled much, but a lot of that is due to my financial situation (I'm 23 and not making much and have no support from my family) and not necessarily time constraints because of her medical school studying. So even though we don't have as much time for each other as we did in senior year of undergraduate, we have enough to keep us both happy. Basically there is a decent amount of time in each day except for the 4-5 days before an exam. We do live together though and I don't know what it would be like if we didn't.
I only have experience with her first two years and I know you are more concerned with the latter years of medical education. I've heard that MS4 is the "easy" year and MS3/PG1 are the worst years, but we'll see.
From your original post I'm guessing that you don't currently have a partner or any children so at least those factors aren't further complicating your decision to do MD/DO or PT. I don't know how much inter-professional interaction there is in the massage therapy field, but through 4 years of medical school, 3+ residency, and then your job in the hospital (or private practice) you will be able to meet hundreds of people that could potentially be the one for you.