It seems like loneliness is a topic that is constantly recurring on the minds of premeds and med students... and on this forum. Most of the doctors I know personally have related to me feelings of loneliness in med school (one of my friends, now a doctor, said she cried everyday secretly at HMS)... hopefully she's an exception. But the reality is, in medicine and any other demanding, competitive career, one is bound to spend lots of time alone, maybe even most of most days alone. Working, clinics, doing career stuff. You're also bound to face a lot of challenges that none of your close friends (or even spouse) will understand - at work, in school, etc. So given the time crunch and the fact that its sometimes lonely at the top (or at least in a career field where most of your friends can't relate) are career-driven people doomed to loneliness? In life, marriage, and otherwise? Do you think two married doctors really make time for each other? Can one married doctor make time for a non-medical partner in a satisfactory way? Do professional demands necessarily get in the way of intimacy and relationship? Is it possible to create dynamic, vibrant relationships in the midst of life's tiring demands? What do you think? I'm not trying to be cynical, simply trying to weigh realistic factors. If you're not lonely as a premed/medical student/etc, what do you do to build relationships around you?