The Career - Practicing Pediatrics

1275 WordsFeb 15, 20176 Pages
Lauren Ruminer Mrs. Lozares English II 15 February 2017 Practicing Pediatrics The career I had in mind to pursue throughout my life is Pediatrics. I have always wanted to work with kids and help them feel better, but what is a pediatrician you may ask? What is it that pediatricians do all day? Pediatricians Diagnose, treat, and help prevent children’s diseases and injuries. They examine children regularly to assess their growth and development and treat them with the proper medications, therapy, vaccinations, and other medical care. As well as collecting, recording, and maintaining patient information. Pediatricians can be employed anywhere from Physician’s offices to Hospitals and Clinics or even starting their own business as an…show more content…
Following medical school, almost all M.D’s or Doctorates of medicine enter a graduate medical education, which is usually in a hospital. All states require you to have a license. To be licensed, Physicians must have graduated from an accredited medical school and pass a licensing examination. Students also need to complete 1 to 7 years of graduate medical education. Although Physicians can be licensed in one state, they usually can get a license to practice in another without looking into anything further (OK Career Guide.org). The AAP reports that the average Pediatrician works about 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. depending if they travel, do in-home visits or even stay on call constantly. Typically they work in small private offices or clinics being assisted by nurses and staff. Pediatricians can work in a group with other practitioners or even independently, group practice coordinates care for a number of patients, they are less independent than the solo practitioners. Most Pediatricians make themselves available to their patients after regular office hours, including nights and weekends so they will always be there for a patient (American Academy of Pediatricians.org). When on call, a doctor answers phone calls
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