These Are The Most Love-Compatible Medical Specialties, Psychology Shows

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    Who doesn’t enjoy a good love story? For the single doctors out there, maybe it’s time to start writing your own. Maybe your potential soulmate is even a physician, just like you.

    As we’ve written before, there are scientifically validated reasons why doctors make ideal spouses. What about doctor couples? Is there room in a relationship for two physicians? Psychological research would indicate that the answer is yes. If you’re one half of a doctor couple, read on to see if you’re the rule, or the exception.


    Spend enough time around a hospital, or any other institution where doctors tend to congregate, and you’ll realize that each specialty tends to have common personality traits. Some of these personalities tend to be compatible, and others not so much. We scanned psychological studies to find out if there are common Myers-Briggs personality types among specialities, and it turns out that there are. After identifying which specialties tend to have which personality types, we then looked at ideal compatibility matches for each type.

    Family medicine

    There’s a lot to love about physicians in family medicine, according to the Student Doctor Network. Physicians who select this specialty tend to value creativity, independence, variety, and working with people. A Journal of Career Assessment literature analysis also shows us that they tend to have the Myers-Briggs personality type of Extroversion-Sensing-Thinking-Judging (ESTJ). The ESTJ tends to be practical, reliable, and hard working, making them strong leaders. This type is often called the Director. Ideal matches for ESTJs include INTPs, ISFPs, and ISTPs. A family medicine physician looking for a mate would do well to look for an anesthesiologist, who tend to be ISFPs and ISTPs.

    Internal medicine

    Perhaps it’s the capability of the internal medicine specialist that makes them so attractive. Throw any mystery of human disease at them, and they’ll sort it out. Student Doctor Network says doctors in this specialty tend to care deeply for others and value independence, problem solving, and collaboration. IM physicians most often seem to be Introverted–Intuitive–Feeling–Judging (INFJ). INFJs are idealistic, attuned to others’ needs, creative, and future-focused. Ideal matches include ENFPs and ENTPs. IM doctors might have some trouble finding a physician mate, as the Journal of Career Assessment literature review doesn’t identify these types as being common among doctors.

    Emergency Medicine

    Cool under pressure. Courageous in the face of adversity. Able to suture with eyes shot. If that’s not enough to make your heart throb, Student Doctor Network says most EM physicians value variety, time off, independence, and making good money. A study published in the Journal of Health Informatics in Developing Countries shows us that ENTJs and ESTJs may be predominant among EM doctors. ESTJs can find strong matches in INTPs, ISFPs, and ISTPs, which means those in EM might want to look for an anesthesiologist. As for the ENTJ EM physicians, INFPs and INTPs are ideal matches. These tend to include psychiatrists and cardiologists (INFP), and neurologists and pathologists (INTP).


    Nobody said medicine was going to be easy. Facing all that daily stress, it might help to find a mate who can help you control and understand the underlying stressors in life. Psychiatrists, says the Student Doctor Network, value achievement, independence, problem solving, and working with others. According to this Journal of Career Assessment study, Psychiatrists tend to be Introverted–Intuitive–Feeling–Perceptive (INFPs). Ideal INFP matches include ENFJs and ENTJs. Cardiologists, neurologists, and urologists tend to be ENTJs, whereas thoracic surgeons, dermatologists, and radiologists tend to be ENFJs.

    Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Obstetrics and Gynecology represent the fifth most in-demand specialty in the U.S. It’s also no wonder that they make desirable mates. The Student Doctor Network says they work well with others and value taking care of people. These qualities translate to the ESTJ personality type found in EM and FM physicians. The ESTJ Ob-Gyn physician will find ideal matches with INTPs, ISFPs, and ISTPs. Once again, the ISTP anesthesiologist might be a good match, according to the Journal of Career Assessment.


    The Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator test sheds some light on which doctor couples have good shot of working out.

    • Family medicine: Tend to be ESTJ. May pair well with anesthesiologists (ISFP and ISTP).
    • Internal medicine: Tend to be INFJ. May pair well with ENFP and ENTP (not common types among physicians).
    • Emergency medicine: Tend to be ENTJ and ESTJ. ENTJ EM doctors may pair well with psychiatrists and cardiologists (INFP) and neurologists and pathologists (INTP). ESTJ EM physicians would do well to look for an anesthesiologist (ISFP and ISTP).
    • Psychiatry: Tend to be INFP. May pair well with cardiologists, neurologists, and urologists (ENTJ). Also may pair well with thoracic surgeons, dermatologists, and radiologists (ENFJ).
    • Obstetrics and Gynecology: Tend to be ESTJ. May pair well with anesthesiologists (ISFP and ISTP).


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