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What are some of the challenges of being a pediatrician? What would you consider to be the hardest thing about being a pediatrician and how does it impact your life?

I'm considering Pediatrics as my career choice in the future and I would like to know how being a pediatric provides challenges to one's lifestyle or daily routine. #pediatrics #pediatrician #doctor #medicine #healthcare #hospital-and-healthcare

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Stephanie’s Answer

While I'm not a pediatrician, I know many that are open to talking to students about their careers. I would suggest that you contact a pediatrician in your area and see if they would be willing to talk to you about the rigors of their professions.
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Estelle’s Answer

I am very close to a doctor who moved from being a pediatrician to being an anesthesiologist. She loves both fields, but some of the things that pushed her away from Pediatrics were:
- Unpredictable call hours (i.e. when you are called in the middle of the night to solve a problem)
- Angry or stubborn parents
- Years of working with routine problems without new challenges (e.g. vaccines and well visits)

She loves anesthesiology now, but still has tremendous respect for Pediatrics.

Both great fields and good luck!
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Sheila’s Answer

Hi Jimena:

Although I'm not a Pediatrician I am answering your question from a Mom's perspective that has a son that is one. From what I've observed working with "inflexible parents" can be one of the toughest areas for a Pediatrician. Parents have complete control and say over the well-being and health care provided for their children. They may not agree with things the doctor is recommending, etc.

Another area that may be hard as a Pediatrician is seeing a patient "expire" so young. That is another consideration you would have to get used to dealing with. I would imagine there would be emotional connections.

Best of luck to you on your journey!

~ Sheila

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