Advice to Begin Your Career as a Pediatrician

With an average happiness score of 4.00, the pediatrician is considered the sixth happiest physician specialty. However, being a pediatrician isn’t all joy and fun around children. If you are a pediatrician wannabe, here are some bits of advice before entering and going further in your career.

Advice to Begin Your Career as a Pediatrician
Advice to Begin Your Career as a Pediatrician

A pediatrician is a medical doctor who sees and provides primary care for children from birth through the age of 18. They focus not only on the physical health of children but also on their emotional and social health. 

Typical responsibilities of pediatricians:

  • Treating children for common illnesses and infections 
  • Performing routine evaluations and well-child exams
  • Talking/Counsel parents about behavioral issues 
  • Monitoring and answering parents’ questions about children’s milestones in growth and behavior
  • Diagnosing and treating illnesses, infections, injuries, and other health problems
  • Educating parents with information about a child’s health, nutrition, safety, and fitness needs
  • Referring a specialist if needed
  • Writing prescriptions for medications

Be Patient – It’ll Take a Long Time And Lots of Money

Becoming a pediatrician is an all-consuming process – takes you quite a lot of time. Training as a pediatrician is an all-consuming process.

Be Patient - It’ll Take a Long Time And Lots of Money
Be Patient – It’ll Take a Long Time And Lots of Money

Regarding education, pediatrician requirements include both a bachelor’s degree as well as an advanced degree in medicine. You also need to obtain an MD or OD to be eligible for a position as a pediatrician. 

After passing the United States Medical Licensing Examination, apply for your state’s board of medical examiners and get a license to be eligible to work as a pediatrician. Finally, complete additional training in a residency program in a specific area that you are particularly interested in, and you can get into the workforce.

Also, it’ll cost you a pretty penny for medical school. The average cost of one year at a public medical school in 2017 was $34,592 and $58,668 at private schools. On average, new doctors’ education debt comes to $200,000.

However, children healthcare careers pay very well. You’ll earn a huge amount of money as a pediatrician. The average pediatrics salary in the United States is $206,623 as of May 27, 2021. The number ranges can vary widely depending on education, additional skills, geographic location, and experience levels.

So, any time you lose faith, remember: Good things take time – be patient and that’ll be worth your effort.

Be Mentally Prepared – You’ll Have to Watch Children Suffer

While it’s hard seeing any kind of patient suffering, it can be devastating seeing kids in pain. This is one of the toughest challenges pediatricians face. Pediatrician jobs are to take care and hold back parents from breaking down in some situations, also. You need to be able to endure, be sympathetic and stay calm to thrive in this profession. 

Keep Some Goodies on Hand

Keep Some Goodies on Hand
Keep Some Goodies on Hand

It’s usually a struggle when examining babies and infants. Some of your young patients can be very aggressive – they’ll scream, shout, cry or bite when you touch them. Here are some useful tips to distract them: 

  • Keep some stickers and lollipops in your coat pockets. 
  • Prepare stuffed animal toys or toys with music/ sound in your medical clinic 
  • Promising kids a sticker or treat after your exam

Improve Communication Skill & Be Sensitive

Kids can’t always express their needs or feelings. In Particular, infants and toddlers can’t articulate and describe how they feel. You must have an excellent understanding of medicine and pediatric illnesses to diagnose a child accurately. You also need to be really good at communication (even without words) so that the children can feel safe, trust and supported by you.

Dealing with parents can be difficult sometimes as some of them will be stressed and upset about the situations, or some are not really good at taking care of children. Pediatricians must have lots of patience, sensitivity, and sympathy to navigate these situations.