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How many hours a day do pediatricians work?

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Joanne’s Answer

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Hi,

First of all, pediatrician & physicians training and work hours are very different than those of nurses. I am an experienced pediatrics nurse so I have been around many pediatricians. Residents who are still in training have long hours. This refers to all residents in any area of health care including pediatrics. They work long hours, sometimes 24 hours at a time with very little time off. However, when they finish residency after 2 years, they could then become an attending pediatrician. Once reaching that goal, the hours vary depending on if you work in a clinic or a hospital or some other setting. Some pediatricians go into private practice with other pediatricians in their group. Most pediatricians work for PPO's or large health care organizations. Again, their hours vary depending on the setting that they choose including whether they work in the city or rural areas. There are many, many options if you choose to be a physician but medical school is very difficult and residency is exhausting. But if you really want to be a pediatrician, I am sure you will find it very rewarding.


Joanne recommends the following next steps:

  • Investigate medical schools and the criteria to apply.
  • Shadow with a pediatric nurse in a hospital or a clinic.
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Aman’s Answer

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On average, pediatricians work about 50 hours per week. But they also spend another 4 hours per week helping the community through education, schools and government, professional group activities or providing free medical care to the needy.

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Richard’s Answer

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Aman's answer of 50 hours per week on average seems reasonable in private practice.

But during a busy cold and flu season our pediatrician is working 14 hour day for weeks on end. Also there are plenty of 100-hour weeks during the required 3 year residency that pediatricians must complete.
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Rachel’s Answer

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A pediatrician's hours are highly variable. Many pediatricians in private practice only work 4 days a week, and hours are typically 9-5. One of the great benefits of this field is that flexibility that it can allow to you and your family.
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