Pediatricians

All you need to know!

What is a pediatrician?

A pediatrician is basically a medical practitioner specialized with children and their sicknesses.

Education and Training

The typical education required for being a pediatrician is medical school, internships and residence. Medical takes up four years, and internships and residence take three to eight years. Internships and residence is on the job training and medical school is a college. The entrance requirements for these training schools is balanced and liberal education.
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Earnings

$169,000 is the typical range of salary in Texas and in places like Boston the salary is estimated to be $219,000. The typical range of salary for all of America is around $173,000.
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Job Skills, Talents and Experience

Some personalities traits, special skills, talents that are necessary for this occupation are: excellent people skills, good communication and observation, ability to answer questions and offer advice, happy to work as a part of a team, and dealing with emotionally charged situations. As well as being good with kids. Ways you could gain experience by babysitting, get an early childhood education, volunteer at a hospital and/or work as an Au pair.
Some ways I am suited for this career are: I am patient, a good listner, and I am always hardworking. I have personality characteristics or skills that I believe that will benefit me as a pediatrician such as being good kids, having good communications, love kids and have positive energy.

Employment

The prospects for employment for Pediatricians is expected to be good from 2012-2022. The supplies of the hospital influence the availability of employment, as well as enough personnel. Another factor that influences the availability of employment is the patients need of cureness. The growth potential for this job is projected to grow 18 percent from 2012-2022.
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Typical Day-Morning

A typical day in the life of a pediatrician usually begins at 5 a.m. If the doctor exercises in the morning, which most do, the day may even begin a little earlier. Exercise keeps the doctor disciplined and accountable for eating choices throughout the day. When a person exercises and eats right, they are able to function at a much higher level and are less likely to get sluggish throughout the day.

The pediatrician typically starts the day at the hospital by 7 a.m. seeing patients and conducting rounds. The pediatrician usually starts his day seeing patients in the newborn nursery and makes his or her way to the pediatric ward, visiting with parents and checking the vitals of the tiny patients. Many pediatricians work at two or more hospitals and therefore must visit all of them before making the way to the office to begin seeing patients that have been scheduled for the day.

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Typical Day-Daytime hours

The pediatrician meets with the attending pediatric nurse to assess the day and learn about any specific procedures that must be completed that day. Patients are seen throughout the day and the number depends on the day and season. During the winter, pediatricians may see six or more patients in one hour depending on the day. In the summertime, fewer patients are seen with an average of approximately four patients per hour.

During lunch the pediatrician usually reviews lab work and charts, instructing the nurse to make callbacks as necessary. Typical noon hours are spent making callbacks by the pediatrician as well, either to patients, specialists or other doctors. Forms that need to be signed are tended too and prescriptions called-in or filled out.

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Typical Day-Evening

Patients are typically finished being seen into the evening. If there is a need at the hospital, the pediatrician may be called back to see the patient before ending the shift and returning home for the day between 6:30 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. The evening may even be cut shorter if a special needs patients walks in around 5:00 p.m. having an asthma attack or needing acute careThe pediatrician’s day does not end at bedtime since most doctors are continuing their education and studying for the board that needs to be passed every so often. Many pediatricians study well into the night and finally lay their head down on the pillow around 11:00 p.m. only to be back up in the early morning to begin again.

There are times when a pediatrician is on call at the hospital and may be called in for an emergency in the middle of the night. When this is the case, a pediatrician may not be able to sleep the entire night. It is a challenging and grueling job, but can be high

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Jude Al bakhit, 6th Period, Health Science