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What is residency and can I get a job after medical school

Hi I'm in the sixth grade and I'm very interested in becoming a pediatrician because I love kids #jobs #pediatrician

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Rachel resident physicians are recent medical school graduates, and these individuals enter residency programs to gain specialized clinical training in their chosen medical field of practice. Typically, medical residency training is a joint offering between universities and hospitals, although some programs are offered exclusively through teaching hospitals. After finishing medical school, student doctors can work in paid resident positions where, under the supervision of resident doctors in hospitals and health care facilities, they begin treating patients for various conditions. Residents get hands-on experience in their first year and continue gaining autonomy as they progress through the program as junior, senior and chief residents. A residency can last anywhere from 3-8 years.

Resident physicians treat patients under the supervision of experienced specialists and gain more autonomy with each year of residency. Depending on the residency program, they may be required to do clinical rotations at several hospitals. The usual work week for resident physicians is about 80 hours, which may be averaged over four weeks. Residents must average one day off in seven within a four week period and are allowed ten hours off between daily shifts and after in-house calls. Besides training and diagnosing patients, residents also attend lecture courses. Residents also learn the administrative side of their field, including protocols for updating and inputting medical records. Upon completion of a residency, a doctor is qualified to enter into a permanent position at a hospital, clinic or private practice. Depending on the type of residency program, he or she can pursue career options that include:

• Hospital attending physician
• General practitioner
• Internal medical doctor
• Pediatrician
• General surgeon

The average salary for first year medical residents is $59,300 per year, according to the AAMC’s 2018-2019 Survey of Resident/Fellow Stipends and Benefits. This salary number is based on from 186 hospitals that participated in the survey. However, reports listing average residency salary are likely to vary depending on the source of the data and how many respondents there are. Residency salary increases for each year of residency training. The AAMC notes that the average Year 1 salary is $56,500, while the average Year 8 salary is $76,900. This is a 35% increase over 8 years, with an average yearly salary increase of 4.4%.

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Stephanie’s Answer

Hi Rachel,

After medical school, you technically have a degree (MD and DO) and could theoretically work in certain jobs such as urgent care (is what I've most commonly seen). But most people go to residency to get better training in your specific area. So in order to become a great pediatrician you would want to go to Pediatric Residency for 3 years so you can get a great foundation and experience to become a skilled pediatrician! Good luck!