Residents and attendings dating
If you do end up dating them, make sure that both of you understand your university policies to avoid any trouble. Egan, MD Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons; Associate Attending and Residency Director, Emergency Medicine, St.Certainly, if you entered into a romantic relationship while the attending was still supervising you, it would compromise the attending's ability to evaluate you without bias.The situation could impede your learning and, most important, it could negatively affect patient care. Fix, MD Chief Resident, Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts; Chief Resident, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts My first piece of advice would be to stop and think whether this is something that you really want to do. It can affect your grade, your medical career, or your research. The inherent conflict of interest between attending and student is dangerous.As for your question about dating when your rotation is completed, you will need to consider the issues I outlined above.Given the rotating nature of clinical education, you may never again have to interact in a way that a power differential could be in play. A relationship is probably fine as long as the potential for supervision and evaluation does not occur again.
At my institution, we are not prohibited from having romantic relationships; however, such relationships must be disclosed, and then schedules are adjusted to avoid student/teacher situations.Most universities have clear policies about this, and it's worth your time to check.The policy may be available online, or you can call the human resources department and speak to a professional there.A better example is, "I'm flattered by the offer; however, I'm going to have to say no because I believe that it isn't right for attendings (or residents) to be dating students." This way, you are propping them up (you are flattered); you are giving a definite no; and you are telling them why and putting them in their place.(They should know that it is wrong to be dating students.) On the other hand, you may indeed want to date this person.