In addition to the comments already posted, here's some info on a day in the life of a top pediatrician (in a private practice) usually looks like this:
In the Morning
The average pediatrician may begin their day performing rounds at the hospital. This involves the pediatrician going to various patients (such as the newborn nursery and pediatric ward), where he/she visits with the patient’s family members, takes vitals and checks the patient’s status. After two or three hours of rounds, the doctor makes his/her way to their private office to begin patient appointments.
In the Afternoon
After the pediatrician arrives at the office, he/she may meet with other members of the medical staff to prepare for upcoming appointments. This may include discussing any treatment procedures that will need to be performed that day.
Depending on how many patients have appointments for the day, the pediatrician may begin seeing patients. Busyness of the day can depend on the season – for example wintertime tends to be a busier season for pediatric appointments due to flu season and other wintertime ailments (like strep throat, colds, coughs, etc.)
Sometime in the afternoon, the pediatrician will have to review lab work and charts. Sometimes callbacks to patients, specialists or other doctors is necessary, and the office staff may perform this task or the pediatrician may make the callbacks. Throughout the afternoon, the pediatrician may sign forms, write prescriptions and conduct other necessary paperwork.
In the Evening
By early evening, patient appointments end. The pediatrician may have to make a trip back to the hospital to see a patient, depending on any special circumstances that may arise (for example, if a patient has a serious asthma attack). Most pediatricians may end their day around 6:30 or 7:00 p.m., but this varies. Factors such as the number of patients and the number of hospitals the pediatrician is required to visit may influence this.
Overall, a pediatrician’s day is very busy. Patient appointments are one small part of a pediatrician’s job – but that small part impacts the lives of many people. Finding top pediatricians who give you the patience and understanding you deserve, as well as the time to answer all of your questions, is important.
Best of luck to you!