In many ways, a physician practice merger is like courtship and marriage, with the same joys and perilous pitfalls. You meet Doctor Right in the physicians’ lounge or maybe through a colleague. You discover that you have much in common—the same friends, interests, education, income, and malpractice insurance. The talk turns to a union. You move in together, working side by side and sharing expertise, while saving money on rent, staff, parking, and other overhead. Smitten, you rush into what seems like a perfect match.