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What bad experience have you had working as a pediatrician?

I want to know if this career is really the right one for me to choose or if it is to difficult for me. I am a junior and I am pretty sure I want to be a pediatrician because I would love to be able to work with kids. #pediatrician #healthcare

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David’s Answer

Alla, I’m assuming you are a junior in high school? Either way, it doesn’t matter. You do not have to make that decision until you graduate from your internship after medical school. I have heard it all from interns. They’re going to do this, or that and it isn’t until they are done, that the final decision is made.

You will have plenty of time during your last two years of medical school, to know if pediatrics is the thing for you! As a critical care pre hospital provider, we work with quite a few pediatric patients. They were never hard, for me. The hardest part about pediatrics, is learning how to deal with the parents, including health workers who are parents. If you can calm the parents down, the child will calm down. And not just in critical care. If you are sort of calm and laid back, the parents usually calm down. I’ve never had a scary moment with children. If I do, it’s time to stop treating them in the medical field.

If you want to know now, if pediatrics is right for you, work at day care for a while. When you get out of high school, become a medical assistant in a pediatric office, or become a tech at a pediatric hospital. Work the switch board at the hospital, if you have to in order to get your foot into that environment. Most people who work at a ped. hospital are there, because they want to be and they are good at it.

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Beth’s Answer

There are so many different ways you can work with kids. Is your primary goal to be a physician the specialize in pediatrics? I agree with David’s answer. Im medicine and nursing, you get many experiences in school and can choose your speciality after experiencing them. I also agree with the advise to work or volunteer in the field to get more experience. That will give you the chance to meet and talk with people doing the work in which you are interested.