Over the past 2 decades, the proportion of female medical school enrollees has steadily increased; in 2017, for the first time, the majority of first-year medical students were women.1 With this changing demographic, dual-physician households are also on the rise; a survey conducted in 2009 showed that nearly half of all physicians are married to physicians.2 Dual-physician couples are more likely to marry and less likely to divorce than nonphysician couples,3 perhaps because of older age at the time of marriage, higher education levels, the socioeconomic status of both individuals, and the value that physician couples place on companionship. Despite these advantages, dual-physician couples face unique career and family experiences. In this Viewpoint, we outline the challenges faced by early-career dual-physician couples and potential strategies for addressing them.
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Ferrante L, Mody L. Dual-Physician Households: Strategies for the 21st Century. JAMA. Published online May 10, 2019321(22):2161–2162. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.4413
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