Editor’s Note: Welcome to “Eye Catching: Let's Chat,” a blog series featuring contributions from members of the ophthalmic community. These blogs are an opportunity for ophthalmic bloggers to engage with readers with about a topic that is top of mind, whether it is practice management, experiences with patients, the industry, medicine in general, or healthcare reform. The series continues with this blog by Joshua Mali, MD, a vitreoretinal surgeon at The Eye Associates, a private multispecialty ophthalmology practice in Sarasota, FL. The views expressed in these blogs are those of their respective contributors and do not represent the views of Ophthalmology Times or UBM Medica.
After reflecting on this past year, I felt inspired to write an article on a topic that I hope will be interesting and helpful to a particular subset of people: professional/physician couples. To establish my credibility on the subject matter, it is essential for me to present our background. When my wife and I got married, I was in my final year of ophthalmology residency training at Albany Medical College and about to start my upcoming retina fellowship in Albany as well.
My wife was completing her medical internship and started ophthalmology residency at Albany Medical Center as I was just completing it. If you do the math, I would complete my two-year fellowship while she would still have one more year in residency training. At the end of fellowship, I was presented with an offer for my dream job as being the retinal specialist for The Eye Associates in Sarasota, Florida.
At first, I was not even going to consider a long-distance relationship for obvious reasons. However, after consultation and weighing the decision very carefully, I realized it was an offer I couldn’t refuse and it was an opportunity for my wife and I to conquer a challenge together as a team.
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In the medical field, it is very common to see long distance relationships amongst healthcare professionals including medical students, residents, and fellows, who are often in different training programs across the country.
The key is remembering that it will only be a temporary situation. Therefore, as we have successfully managed our long distance relationship this year, we thought we would share some tips that can be helpful to others.