September 17, 1997

Medical Marriages: Promises and Problems

Author Affiliations

Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Cherry Valley, Calif

JAMA. 1997;278(11):900. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03550110038030

To the Editor.  —Isn't the assessment of medical marriages in the Resident Forum article by Dr Sotile and Ms Sotile1 a clarion call for action? Affirming that positive marital relationships correlate with "better, more productive" residents than those "whose marriages are foundering," the authors state that "more than 60% [of medical students] divorce within 10 years [after] residency." According to the authors, "medical training is not a time for growth [in a marriage]; it is a time for personal survival without, one hopes, damaging the relationship."Something is very wrong here. We call on the medical profession to reject the idea that palliative measures are an acceptable standard of care for medical marriages. With the Sotiles, we believe a strong, positive marriage is one of the more effective assets for success, both in medical training and in medical practice. Shouldn't we address the underlying causes rather than merely palliate