Career Exploration Project
What is a Pediatrician Specializing in Neonatology?
Pediatricians complete the basic four years of pre-med, then attend medical school. Special courses are then taken for three or more years. Then, to become a specialist, one to three years of training are present. Lastly, you receive certification from the American Board of Pediatrics and Sub-board of Neonatology- Prenatal Medicine.
Where Can You Get an Education?
Supplies Used in the NICU
-Cardiorespitory Monitor ------Endotracheal Tube
-Blood Pressure Monitor ------Respirator Ventilator
-Temperature Probe --------Continuous Positive Airway Pressure
-Pulse Oximeter -------Oxygenation- mainly for babies with Respitory Disease
- Carbon Dioxide Monitor
Career Outlook, Statistic, and Related Associations
The career outlook is very good. Babies will always need doctors, so there is an unlikely chance this job will fade out. There isn't enough neonatal pediatricians for all of the newborns that are being born, so it should be easy to get a job.
The Association of American Medical Colleges, AAMC, is one association related to neonatology. Another one is the American Academy of Pediatrics, AAP.
A statistic about neonatology is that a full term of pregnancy is 36 weeks. The most common reason a newborn dies is premature birth. Before 20 weeks, it is considered a miscarriage. At 25 weeks a Neonatal Pediatrician feels obligated to save the babies' life.