I got a page from a surgery resident as I was signing out-- called back, thinking it was something important, and half of it was--
"[Your patient] didn't survive the procedure. Oh, and the intern on my team wants to know if you're single."
This is why mixing work and a personal life is confusing. I'm supposed to go back to this patient's family and tell them their husband/father died, and I'm also supposed to be thinking about whether I want to go out with the surgical intern.
I probably don't. Surgeons are way too intense.
Lesson: If your doctor seems distracted when he's telling you bad news, remember that he may also be thinking about whether to ask out the intern who watched your family member die.