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    5 ways residents can sustain long-distance relationships


    3. Coordination is key



    Coordinating call schedules, vacation dates, and social events have even higher stakes in long-distance relationships. It is helpful to ensure being on call at the same times if possible; this will help minimize unavailable visiting dates.

    Make sure to schedule your vacation dates wisely in order to maximize the amount of time you can spend together. You may want to consider multiple shorter vacations in order to assist with maintaining your frequent visit plan.

    Travel logistics for important social events like weddings and family related activities need to be planned well in advance. Additionally, make an extra effort to coordinate activities that you can do together (a recent example for us is writing this article together!).

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    Joshua Mali, MD
    Joshua Mali, MD, is a vitreoretinal surgeon at The Eye Associates, a private multispecialty ophthalmology practice in Sarasota, Florida.

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