Pediatrician

My Career Choice

Description

  • Provides health care to minors from birth to adulthood
  • Responsible for the healthy growth and development of a child
  • Thoroughly examine a child in order to determine whether or not the child is suffering from a medical condition
  • Uses preventive methods to ensure there is no presence of a disease in a child's body
  • Familiar with both common and rare diseases and their treatments
  • Refers patients to specialists, if necessary
  • Base Entry Salary: $90,000-$200,000
  • Required Education: undergraduate degree (BD), MD/DO, pediatric residency.
  • 1st Year: human anatomy, physiology, chemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, neuroanatomy, etc.
  • 2nd Year: Internal Medicine, Radiology, Cardiology, Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, etc.
  • 3rd/4th Year: decide on specialty - "Primary Care", like Family Practice, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics; and "Subspecialty Care", like surgery, orthopedics, cardiology, neurosurgery, gastroenterology, etc

Risks, Advantages, and Disadvantages

  • Risks: mental stress; ethical risks; malpractice/professional conduct lawsuits; contracting diseases
  • Advantages: flexible work schedule; interesting work (no dull days); helping children to avoid/manage illnesses
  • Disadvantages: years and expenses of medical school; terminally ill patients; working long, irregular hours; always being by phone
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