Pediatrician By: ally bevis

Daily Tasks: Administering vaccinations, Treating illnesses, Performing wellness checkups, Making hospital rounds, checking test results, returning phone calls and writing prescriptions

Education: They need 4 years of medical school and a 3-7 year internship and/or residency. The length of residency depends on specialization, which in the field of pediatrics, could reach 7 years. Most pediatricians obtain a M.D.

Work Schedule: The average pediatrician works 'an average of 50 hours per week. This includes time spent in the office, visiting patients in the hospital, doing paperwork and being on call after-hours. Most pediatricians also take either a 1/2 day or full day off during the week.

Salary: While the average salary for pediatricians is around $175,000, that of pediatric specialists is typically higher.

Work Skills: Reading comprehension, active listening, writing, speaking, science, critical thinking, active learning, learning strategies, and monitoring.

Work Environment: The majority of pediatricians work in clinics, either on their own or in group practices. Around 17% of pediatricians work in hospitals and not clinics. Pediatricians work with children from birth until age 21.

Issues/Problems: Families: Treating minors means dealing with caregivers. If your patient has a chaotic home life or neglectful caregivers, arranging regular treatment away from the office will get complicated.

Confidentiality: Most pediatricians keep their patients' information confidential, even from their parents. Parents may, however, pressure you to divulge information.

Abuse: As child care providers, pediatricians are obligated by the laws of almost all states to report any signs of child abuse. Even if you're not certain the child's being abused, the law requires you to report the case. As long as you act in good faith, you're protected from liability even if your report turns out to be unfounded.

Benefits: 21 Days Vacation + 6 Days Holiday Break--Paid Time Off, 28 Days Over Three Years (includes interview days). Other uses: Personal illness; family illness; bereavement; birth of a child; adoption.

How do they help children? : Manage health of your child. Diagnose and treat childhood illness.

Quote: "My mother was a pediatrician, and she kept busy hours. I learned from her you could pack a lot into the day. Every minute had to count, and multitasking was a given." -Risa Mourey


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