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Would you recommend a career in Pediatrics?

I’m considering going into medicine, but I don’t know what specialty is right for me. I would like a career where I can tackle important problems and make people’s lives better. What do you guys think? Would this be the rig medicine healthcare career career-choice doctor ht specialty? I’m trying to figure out which one is right for me.

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Sheila’s Answer

Hi Shawn.

Choosing which path is very important to ensure that you appropriate apply your time,education and finances.

There are many choices in the medical field that can fulfil your desire to tackle problems and change lives. As you narrow down the field choices, keep in mind that you should also decide where and how you want to work, as well as how much time and money can you or are you willing to put into education.

Maybe make a pro/con list considering the following questions:

What field would I enjoy most? i.e. medical research, pharmaceutical, specialty, surgeon, general practitioner, radiology, etc
Where would you like to work? i.e. hospital, office, laboratory
How many years of education are you willing to invest in? i.e. time and money
Do you want to work with people directly or indirectly?

Add to the list! I am sure that once you get going, so much more will come to mind.

Good Luck!!

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Rachel’s Answer

My grandmother is a developmental pediatrician. The work is difficult and can be emotionally draining, but she made a huge difference in the lives of her patients and their families. If you are committed to treating sick children (and don't mind getting sick yourself every once in a while), this is a great field.
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Dennis’s Answer

If you love kids and enjoy taking care of their needs, becoming a pediatrician is the right career choice for you. ... Pediatricians are doctors who provide medical treatment to children from birth to early adulthood.
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Richard’s Answer

Pro: getting to make a difference in the lives of children.

Cons: stressed out parents.
Can have very long hours during winter season. Our pediatrician routinely works 14 hour days .
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