Single physicians dating

"A lot of doctors don't have the opportunity to get outside their professional circle and meet new people," says Christie Nightingale, principal of concierge dating service Premier Match, LLC, which caters to busy professionals who don't have time to scout for dates."They tell me 'I don't have time to go out and go to bars.'" There's also the fear of intimidating a potential date.

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Dating is tough when you're always on call, and it's tougher today for doctors than ever before.

With the median age of first marriage now over 25 for both men and women in the United States, according to 2010 Census Bureau data, it's clear that young people of all vocations are waiting longer to tie the knot than their parents did.

"One guy I went to dinner with brought his pay stub," she recalls.

"He was worried that I didn't think he made a lot of money …

"If I was working a 36-hour shift, he'd come by and kiss me on the forehead and tuck me into bed." Parrott recognized that someone so flexible is a keeper, so she married him.

Unfortunately, many other single physicians — despite their good looks, earning power, and big brains — stay that way a lot longer than they would prefer.

Heidi Huser, a family practitioner who works in a Minnesota urgent care facility, considers herself a catch — funny, smart, stable, and easygoing.

But some of those qualities make her male suitors insecure, says the 39-year-old.

"I have been flat out given ultimatums, and I've been broken up with twice because of my career," says Christophersen, recalling her recent breakup with a guy who was concerned that her grueling career would get in the way of having and raising children.

"He said, 'I want to know if you can scale it back or it isn't gonna work,'" she says.

She had only one free evening per week to share with her boyfriend.

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